With its stunning white-sand beaches, numerous water sports, vibrant nightlife, fine dining restaurants, family attractions and duty-free shopping, Cable Beach offers all the ingredients you need for the perfect Caribbean honeymoon – all just a 55-minute flight from Miami.
Although collectively named Cable Beach, this 6.5km-long stretch of white sand is home to a string of superb beaches located in the centre of New Providence Island’s northern coast.
Flanked by swaying palm trees, the powder-white sands shelve gently into clear turquoise waters that are perfect for a wide range of water sports, including snorkelling, scuba diving, parasailing, waterskiing, banana-boat riding and windsurfing.
The beach is lined with a good selection of luxury resorts, nightclubs, snack bars, restaurants, casinos and a golf course. Facilities provided by the beachfront resorts include umbrellas, sun loungers and restrooms, with a small charge for non-guests.
Cable Beach (including nearby Paradise Island) offers the best entertainment options, the best shopping, some of the best beaches and the most historic attractions in the Bahamas – perfect for a honeymoon holiday.
Away from the major beachfront resorts there are also less crowded public areas where you can find some solitude.
To the west of Cable Beach lies a pink house on the Rock Point promontory, where much of the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball was filmed.
Away from the beach, in neighbouring Nassau, stroll on foot or ride a horse-drawn surrey along picturesque tree-lined streets with well-preserved stately colonial mansions, cathedrals and 18th century castles.
Apart from relaxing on the beach, there are numerous activities you can enjoy on a Cable Beach honeymoon, including…
Scuba diving – New Providence Island offers scores of great diving locations, including Shark Wall, the Rose Island Reefs, the Southwest Reef, Razorback and Booby Rock Reef.
Dive old shipwrecks such as the Mahoney, Alcora and Caribe Breeze as well as caves, cliffs, outlying reefs, drop-offs, blue holes and the underwater airplane structure featured in the James Bond thriller Thunderball.
Or head to the 1932 DC3 airplane originally sunk as an underwater backdrop in the 2005 action-adventure film Into the Blue starring Paul Walker and Jessica Alba.
Choose from several dive centres or sign up for a diving course. Swim among colourful tropical fish and watch sharks being feed at Shark Arena, which features a dive master feeding sharks off a long pole.
Snorkelling – Discover good snorkelling right off most of New Providence Island’s beaches. For some of the best snorkelling on the island, head to Love Beach or Goulding Cay, located just off the island’s western tip.
Look out for elegant elkhorn coral in fields of hard coral. Another good spot is at Southwest Reef, which also features star coral.
Fishing – Hook up a deep-sea charter and chase after wahoo, tuna and marlin, or cast a line in shallow waters for yellowtail, grouper and snapper.
The best months to catch bonito and blackfin tuna are from May to August; June and July are best for blue marlin; and November through February is best for wahoo.
Cruising – Choose from a variety of large or small cruising trips that range from a few hours to a full day in length. Discover nearby cays or venture to far-flung atolls where you can play Robinson Crusoe on pristine white-sand beaches and snorkel in crystal clear water.
Golf – Tee-off from the Cable Beach Golf Course, a challenging 18-hole, par-71 championship golf course. Or head across to Paradise Island and play the 18-hole, par-72 Tom Weiskopf–designed Ocean Club Golf Club, with its the Atlantic Ocean and Nassau Harbour vistas.
Biking – Rent a bike from your resort and head out to discover your own beach along the north and west coasts. Or sign up for a guided tour along the scenic forested southwestern shore.
Shopping – Browse for Bahamian handicrafts around Paradise Beach and in the mall at the Atlantis Paradise Island Resort & Casino.
Or head to Nassau’s Straw Market, Prince George Wharf, Festival Place and the chic boutiques on Bay Street for handmade arts and crafts as well as duty free shopping that includes gold and silver jewellery, leather goods, perfume, cameras, spirits, cigars and watches.
Cable Beach offers an excellent range of accommodation options ranging from boutique hotels and all-inclusive resorts to budget properties – perfect for honeymoon couples.
Sandals Royal Bahamian Spa Resort & Offshore Island
Location: Cable Beach
Prices: from AUD800 per room
Description: Sandals Royal Bahamian All Inclusive Resort - Couples Only is minutes away from excellent duty-free shopping in Downtown Nassau and world class gambling on Paradise Island. The resort has spa services, 7 pools, 10 gourmet dining options, and 8 bars. Nightly entertainment, a fitness facility, and water sports equipment are enjoyed in a relaxed beachfront setting. Guestrooms, villas, and suites with sumptuous 4-poster mahogany beds are perfect refuges for relaxation and privacy. Air conditioning and ceiling fans add tropical flair. Complimentary wireless (high-speed) Internet access is also available.
The best time to visit Cable Beach, New Providence Island is from November to April, when temperatures average a balmy 24°C (75°F) with cooling trade winds.
Temperatures average 28°C (82°F) during the rest of the year, with the temperature dropping about 5°C (41°F) after dark.
Summer, from May to October, is the rainy season. June through to November marks the official hurricane season (probably best avoided).
For more climate info: Cable Beach Weather Guide…
Cable Beach sits on the north shore of New Providence Island, just 4.8km (3mi) west of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.
New Providence Island is the most populated island in the Bahamas and is located less than 320km (200mi) from Miami, Florida.
The island is home to the historic capital city of Nassau, as well as the popular tourist destinations of Cable Beach and nearby Paradise Island, which is located only 180m (196yd) off New Providence Island’s north shore.
The Bahamas comprise a chain of more than 700 islands and 2000 cays (small islands), stretching for 96km (60mi) in the Atlantic, southeast of Florida.
The most convenient route to Cable Beach is by air to Lynden Pindling International Airport (NAS), followed by a taxi or complimentary shuttle bus to your preferred hotel.
A toll bridge and ferry service link Nassau to nearby Paradise Island.
More information on how to get to Cable Beach…
Latest update: Cable Beach: 7 May, 2022