Just a few miles to the west of the harbor in Nassau, Cable Beach is the hotel district of the Bahamas capital city. A huge percentage of tourists make plans to stay in this area, and over the years Cable Beach has adapted to being a tourist haven by making it easier for them to dine, shop, and get around. Finding transportation around this section of town is nearly as easy as making plans to get there; with very little planning, you'll be able to make all of your travel arrangements easily and efficiently.
Making your way to Cable Beach is easily done both by air and by sea – you just have to determine which option is best for you. Flying is the quickest choice, sailing is an adventure, and cruising is a unique type of vacation that most people want to experience at least once in their lifetime. Which option is right for you?
Most tourists find that a combination of walking and relying on public transportation is the easiest choice for getting around Cable Beach, but those who want to be in charge of their own transport can very easily rent a car. If you have big plans for visiting other islands in the Bahamas, you can use one of the inter-island ferry services.
Non-stop flights to Lynden Pindling International Airport are easy to come by, and for that reason flying to the island is far and away the most popular mode of transportation to get here. Major commercial airlines from around the world offer daily flights, and immigration practices are known for being lax, so you won't have to worry too much about assembling the right paperwork for your visit. The Bahamas is also known for welcoming private planes, so tourists who have spent hours earning their wings can fly themselves.
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If you are planning to sail to New Providence Island, you can expect traffic. By sailing to Cable Beach instead of the more popular Nassau, you will be able to avoid some of it, while still getting the same international port-of-entry services as the busier ports. This is also a good way to avoid the cruise ship crowds. Learn more by clicking here.
About 20 minutes away from Cable Beach in Downtown Nassau is the Prince George Wharf, a popular port-of-call for most of the major players in the Caribbean cruise game. Cruisers wil typically pull into port for one or two days and be given the opportunity to de-board and explore New Providence Island. Many will head to Cable Beach for the beaches and casinos.
As mentioned before, renting a car in Cable Beach is unnecessary, but this shouldn't prevent tourists who prefer to take the wheel and drive themselves around from doing so. For some people, having a rental car on hand is actually necessary – maybe because they are traveling with a baby or a person with a physical handicap. For others, it is just something that makes the trip that much more enjoyable. If you plan to rent a car in Cable Beach, you'll need to bring your driver's license from home, plus be at least 21 years old. Once the car is in your possession, you'll need to take some time to practice the local driving style, since traffic moves on the left side of the road and will be a departure from what tourists from the United States are familiar with.
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...taxi drivers make great tour guides...
Finding a taxi in Cable Beach is never a challenge, and cabs are commonly found hanging out right outside of resort entrances waiting to pick tourists up and take them around. There are a few things you need to know about hailing a cab in this area of town. First, you can call ahead and have a taxi pick you up wherever you need them to, though it is not necessary. Second, you won't know until you get into the cab if you're riding with a driver that uses a meter, or a driver the operates on the set rate system created by the government. You'll have to ask before the driver puts the car in gear. Finally, taxi drivers make great tour guides, so if you meet with a driver that you get along with, don't hesitate to ask him or her to give you a tour of the island at another time.
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With so many ferry services available to tourists staying in the Bahamas, it can be hard to keep track of them all. The easiest way to break it down is into four different categories: Bahamas Ferries, Albury's Ferry Service, and international ferries. Read the full break down here. The ferry you'll most need to be concerned with while staying in Cable Beach is the one that runs back and forth between Nassau and Paradise Island all day. The trip takes 20 minutes and costs just $3(USD) per person each way.,
The tourist-friendly Cable Beach makes it easy for tourists to make plans regarding transportation. Take all of your options into consideration, but don't stress about it, getting into and around town are much easier than you imagine.
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