Cable Beach, also known as the hotel zone of a popular tourist destination in Nassau, is one of the busiest spots on the island of New Providence in the Bahamas. There are several ways to get to the island, but with busy lifestyles, most vacationers choose to fly into the nearest airport, then take a cab to their hotel right on the beach.
Flying to the Bahamas is a breeze for United States citizens thanks to the close proximity and relaxed immigration policy. In fact, the journey between Miami, Florida and New Providence can be made in just under 30 minutes if everything goes as planned, and citizens returning to the U.S. will not have to go through customs when they touchdown so long as they have cleared customs before leaving the islands. These factors make it easy to see why over 80 percent of people who pass through Lynden Pindling International Airport are from the U.S.
Residents of other countries in North America, as well as South America, Europe, and Asia frequent Cable Beach as well, and it is easy to find numerous flights from around the world to New Providence on a daily basis aboard big name commercial airlines like British Airways, Air Canada, and JetBlue.
All tourists flying into the Bahamas should have a passport and another form of identification with them in order to pass through immigration. Although those from Europe, Canada, and the United States are able to visit the islands with just a government issued form of identification for a short vacation, they will be required to present their passports to return home, so having your passport on hand is recommended.
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If you decide to fly to New Providence, there is no better choice than the island's main airport, Lynden Pindling International Airport, which is not far from Cable Beach at all.
The easiest way to get to Cable Beach from the airport is to take a private taxi, which costs $18(USD) for two people, plus $3(USD) for each additional passenger. The drive is just 12 minutes long. You also have the option of renting a car from the airport, although most would recommend that a rental car is an unnecessary expense here.
One of the perks of vacationing in the Bahamas is the ease of island-hopping. Many people will plan a stay in Cable Beach, but set aside a day or two to take a quick flight to a nearby island like Grand Bahama which is known for the Lucaya Marketplace, or one of the quit Out Islands. This can easily be arranged through BahamasAir, which is the official domestic air carrier, or by hiring a private charter. The number of people you're traveling with may dictate which option will be more affordable for you. For example, most private charters can carry six to eight passengers for one flat rate, while if you fly BahamasAir, you'll be buying eight individual tickets.
It isn't a well-known fact, but New Providence Island is a popular destination for tourists who have skills in flying private planes. The quick trip between Miami and this island make it easy for beginners to plan some of their first solo flight here.
If you'll fly yourself to the Bahamas, you'll need to follow these steps:
File an International Flight Plan.
Activate it on Miami's radio frequencies 122.2 or 122.4, or 126.7.
Switch to Nassau radio frequencies 124.2 or 128 as you approach the Bahamas and close out your flight plan.
Prepare to present three copies of the C7A Bahamas Customs form, a Bahamas Immigration Card, and proof of citizenship.
When you land, you'll be exempt from a landing or tie down fee at LPIA as long as your plane is less tan 6,000 pounds, and you'll also be able to avoid Overtime Customs and Immigration fees if you are traveling for recreational purposes. Note also that LPIA has a lighted runway (as does the Freeport Airport), so you'll be able to make night landings here, but if you plan to do some island-hopping, you'll have to do so during the day.
When you return to the United States, you will follow these steps:
Complete a Gen Dec.
Turn in a copy of your Immigration Card.
File your International Flight Plan at 800-WXBRIEF.
Activate your flight with the Nassau radio frequencies listed above.
Listen to VOR 116.7 as you fly, but switch to FDD 126.7 Miami Radio as you approach the city to obtain your discrete transponder code.
If you have questions about flying your private air craft to the Bahamas, call 800-32-SPORT where you will be directed to the Aviation Specialist at the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism.
If you're traveling from the U.S. the list below can aid the planning process. Booking services don't always know about the most logical options so it helps to see at a glance which airlines provide direct service to this location.
|Baltimore, MD, USA||BWI||AirTran, US Airways|
|Detroit, MI, USA||DTW||KLM, US Airways|
|Fort Lauderdale, FL, USA||FLL||Bahamasair, Jet Blue, SkyBahamas|
|Manchester, NH, USA||MHT||US Airways|
|Miami, FL, USA||MIA||American Eagle, Bahamasair|
|New Orleans, LA, USA||MSY||US Airways|
|Orlando, FL, USA||MCO||Bahamasair, Jet Blue|
|St. Louis, MO, USA||STL||US Airways|
|West Palm Beach, FL, USA||PBI||Bahamasair|
|Windsor Locks, CT, USA||BDL||US Airways|
The following chart displays airlines that have direct flights from airports in Canada.
|Montreal, Canada||YUL||Air Canada|
See the following chart for a listing of scheduled air service from airports in the Caribbean region. If you can't get a flight directly from your favorite airport, taking a connecting flight from another regional airport might be a great option.
|Abaco, Bahamas||MHH||Abaco Air, Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air|
|Andros, Bahamas||COX||Performance Air, Western Air|
|Andros, Bahamas||MAY||Flamingo Air, Performance Air|
|Andros, Bahamas||SAQ||Western Air|
|Cat Island, Bahamas||ATC||SkyBahamas|
|Cat Island, Bahamas||CAT||SkyBahamas|
|Eleuthera, Bahamas||ELH||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas|
|Freeport, Grand Bahama Island||FPO||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air|
|Georgetown, Grand Cayman||GCM||British Airways|
|Great Exuma, Bahamas||GGT||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas|
|Kingston, Jamaica||KTP||Caribbean Airlines|
|Long Island, Bahamas||LGI||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas|
|Long Island, Bahamas||SML||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas|
|Normans Cay, Bahamas||NMC||Performance Air|
|Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands||PLS||Bahamasair, British Airways, Intercaribbean Airways|
|Rock Sound, Eleuthera||RSD||Bahamasair|
|San Salvador, Bahamas||ZSA||Bahamasair, SkyBahamas|
|Staniel Cay, Bahamas||TYM||Flamingo Air, Performance Air|
|the Bahamas||MYE3||Flamingo Air|
|the Bahamas||MYEB||Flamingo Air|
|the Berry Islands, Bahamas||GHC||SkyBahamas|
|the Bimini Islands, Bahamas||BIM||SkyBahamas, Western Air|
Air travel remains the most popular mode of transportation for completing the first leg of your journey to Cable Beach. Begin watching flight times and prices as soon as you know you'll be flying to the area, because the earlier you begin planning, the better the deal you'll be able to get.
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