This is the most beautiful and popular beach in Nassau, stretching for over a mile. Located on the main hotel strip it was recently dubbed the Bahamian Riviera, with the construction of Baha Mar, the Caribbean’s largest single-phase hospitality investment.
Cable Beach got its name from the telegraph cable that was laid here from Florida in 1892. The beach is notable for its calm waters, its gentle breeze and fine white sand. There are two sections to this beach. The eastern side called Goodman’s Bay, is mostly used by locals, and the western side where the Melia, Breezes and Baha Mar hotels are located.
This beach is great for long walks, beachcombing and swimming. Various coral fishes, turtles, starfishes, rays and small barracudas can often be spotted along the eastern end.
Goodman’s Bay is lined with large casuarina trees that provide ample shade for those who want to get away from the scorching sun. You will also find small carts where you can get cool drinks, and snacks, by the parking next to the roundabout.
There are public restrooms with showers available. These are located next to the jet-ski launch pad. They are usually clean, but not everything might be in working order.
Map of Cable Beach
How to get there
Take the Jitney (local bus) #10 at the corner of George Street with Bay Street or in front of the downtown Mc Donald’s. The fare is $1.25 per person (exact change preferred) and paid upon exiting the Jitney. Let the driver know in advance where you are going or simply shout "Bus stop!" to get off. It takes about 15 minutes from downtown.
There are two main accesses to this beach:
The eastern public entrance is by the roundabout on Goodman’s Bay, next to the Baha Mar golf course. This side of the beach is usually quiet during the week, but it can get crowded on weekends and national holidays. If you choose this option, ask your Jitney driver to drop you off at the Goodman’s Bay roundabout.
The western public entrance is at the west of the Melia hotel, past the Westwind II resort, and before the spa. There you will find a small road that goes straight to the beach. If you choose this option ask your Jitney driver to drop you off at the Melia.
If you are looking for a more comfortable beach experience, you can get a day pass at Melia for $36 per person ($25 for children between 3-12 years). This includes all the outdoor activities (beach towels, swimming pools, beach chairs, use of beach, bathrooms etc). This is a great alternative to booking an excursion.
See more pictures in the Cable Beach Photo Gallery