Flying to Cable Beach

Just moments from the largest airports in the Bahamas, Cable Beach is an easy-to-get-to destination

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. unnecessary expense...


Getting to Cable Beach

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.

Island Hopping

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.

Private Planes

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.

For those who live in the states the following list can be useful for planning purposes. Not all of the options you will see listed on the web make a lot of sense so it can be handy to see at a glance which airlines offer direct flights to this airport.

Lynden Pindling International Airport U.S. Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
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 table below displays which airlines fly directly out of Canada.

Lynden Pindling International Airport Canadian Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Montreal, Canada YUL Air Canada

Flying to Cable Beach from the Caribbean

See the following chart for airline service from other regional airports. If there are no flights from an airport near your home, taking a connecting flight from another regional airport could be a viable solution.

Lynden Pindling International Airport Caribbean Flights
To/From Airport Code Airlines
Abaco, Bahamas MHH Abaco Air, Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air
Abaco, Bahamas TCB Bahamasair
Acklins, Bahamas AXP Bahamasair
Acklins, Bahamas CRI Bahamasair
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
Eleuthera, Bahamas GHB Bahamasair
Freeport, Grand Bahama Island FPO Bahamasair, SkyBahamas, Western Air
Georgetown, Grand Cayman GCM British Airways
Great Exuma, Bahamas GGT Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Havana, Cuba HAV Bahamasair
Inagua, Bahamas IGA Bahamasair
Kingston, Jamaica KTP Caribbean Airlines
Long Island, Bahamas LGI Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Long Island, Bahamas SML Bahamasair, SkyBahamas
Mayaguana, Bahamas MYG Bahamasair
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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