With its compact city center and mix of historic pastel-hued buildings, lively bars, and sandy beaches, Nassau is easy to explore in just one day. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in the Bahamian capital city.
If you want to explore Cable Beach but aren’t staying in one of the resorts, seek out the public stretches of sand. The gentle turquoise waters, typical of the Caribbean, are perfect for snorkeling right off the beach and other water sports, and you can book island tours and boat tours from outfitter stands dotted along the coast.
Cable Beach is a stop on many Nassau island tours and cruise ship shore excursions that cover the Nassau highlights, such as Junkanoo Beach, Ardastra Gardens, the Queen’s Staircase. To explore the Bahamas farther afield, you can embark on multi-island tours that might stop on Exuma, Blue Lagoon Island, or Rose Island.
Things to Know Before You Go
Bring your own beach chairs, towels, and umbrellas.
Known for its many restaurants lining the shore, Cable Beach is one of Nassau’s best dining destinations. Food-loving visitors can plan their Cable Beach stop around a gourmet breakfast or lunch.
Many hotels along Cable Beach sell day passes that give access to all of their amenities.
How to Get There
Located along the north coast of the island, Cable Beach is only a short drive from downtown Nassau. Taxis are another option, and they eliminate the hassle of parking in this crowded part of the island.
When to Get There
Daytime on Cable Beach is for soaking up rays and swimming; nighttime sees visitors dining at beachside restaurants and checking out the island’s largest casino at Baha Mar.
Snorkeling on Cable Beach
Cable Beach is one of New Providence Island’s best snorkeling spots for beginners and children. Visitors staying at one of the all-inclusive resorts have access to snorkeling gear; others can rent it at one of the beach shacks. The calm waters are home to schools of fish who are used to the presence of humans, as well as stingrays and starfish.
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