on January 6, 2005
For as well known as Cable Beach is, it does not have the overbuilt or overused qualities that we've seen in many other coastline locations. The beach seems far enough off-the-beaten-path to keep it from being totally overrun with visitors, but it is still just a 10-minute, $1 jitney ride into town. For those looking for a quiet walk on the beach, you're likely to find it at Cable. (We visited around New Year's, which didn't seem to be a particularly busy time of year, but some found the water warm enough to swim in, and daytime temperatures were in the high 70s.)Our overall assessment is that it is a pleasant place to spend some time, take a walk or go for a swim. That said, we would not place Cable Beach in the same class as some that we have visited in France, Rio de Janeiro, Jamaica or even some in Florida in terms of activity, energy or amenities. There is little in the way of snorkeling structure to explore, for example, and there is a good deal of sea grass growing on the bottom in many sections. Shell collecting wasn't productive. In the context of staying in a resort, Cable Beach was certainly adequate and an important feature to the whole experience -- though not "the main event", as the beach can be in some destinations. It's decent, but no more than that.
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