Norman's Cay Travel Guide

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    Plane from Norman's Cay overhead
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  • Anchorage off Normans
    Anchorage off Normans
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    Plane flying over anchorage
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Norman's Cay Restaurants

  • MacDuff's Bar & Grille

    The only place to eat on the island where someone else does the cooking is MacDuffs. We dinghied in one afternoon, and had drinks at the bar (didn't eat there). Bob had a sprite and I had a rum revenge without the rum. (Pineapple, orange & coconut). It was very good. During the super bowl, there was a super bowl party here, and the revelers tried...

  • MacDuff's is IT

    The only place to eat on the island where someone else does the cooking is MacDuffs. We dinghied in one afternoon, and had drinks at the bar (didn't eat there). Bob had a sprite and I had a rum revenge without the rum. (Pineapple, orange & coconut). It was very good.During the super bowl, there was a super bowl party here, and the revelers tried to...

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Norman's Cay Transportation

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    by grandmaR Written Mar 12, 2003

    Information from MacDuff's page (because we didn't use any of these services)

    Sky Knight provides scheduled service to Chubb and Normans Cay-Call:
    (954) 772-0200 or (954) 260-2362
    Book domestic return flights after 5PM
    Departs Ft. Lauderdale Executive Airport every Saturday at 8:30 AM (other daily charter upon request). Baggage limit is 50# per passenger.
    One Way $200
    Rd/Trip $400
    Freight $1.00 per lb

    Air Charter Companies out of Nassau
    These charters are approximately $260 one way per plane, any day of the week.
    LE Air: (242) 377-2356, E-mail
    They have a 4 place Piper Aztec and a 7 place Cessna 402
    Southern Air: (242) 377-2015
    Safari Seaplanes: (242) 393-2522, E-mail

    Island Seaplanes Daytrip
    private charter departs Nassau at 10 AM and returns to Nassau at 4:15 PM. The price is $199 per person including Round Trip transfer, Iguana Snack and Lunch.
    Call: (242) 327-8130 or (242) 340-5991

    You can also fly your own plane in (no fuel available)
    Normans Cay-MYEN
    Runway: 3/21 3,360X70
    Asphalt-Good Condition
    Elevation 8'
    Windsock: Both Ends
    SW Approach
    Runway 3, Fees: None
    Customs: Chubb Cay or San Andros

    Tall trees on both sides. 500' overrun on North end. MacDuffs maintains the airport.
    Unlimited Parking & tie Down on the east side of runway.

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Norman's Cay Sports & Outdoors

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    by grandmaR Written Mar 12, 2003

    The thing to see at Norman's is the airplane wreck just off the east side of the island. After our experience at Allen's, Bob wouldn't even go in to look and we again anchored off the west side of the island.

    From MacDuff's website: "The most popular anchorage is at the south end of the island between the dock and the airplane, close to MacDuff's. Entering from Exuma Sound, a GPS waypoint at 24°35.76'N, 76°47.48'W, will place you approximately 1/4 mile east of Norman Cay Cut. Enter the cut on a heading of approximately 265° passing between the two large offlying cays to starboard and the two small rocks to port. (See chart #EX8). Once past the plane, anchor with 2 anchors and allow for current. This anchorage gets rolly in strong easterly winds.

    "There is a hurricane hole with the best protection inside the north harbor. The entrance is very tricky and must be entered at high tide allowing boasts up to 6' draft. Most groundings occur here, the outlying Cays and Pyfrom's Cay. Other boaters are usually most helpful if grounding occurres here."

    Another boat anchored off Normans with plane
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Norman's Cay Favorites

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    by grandmaR Updated May 22, 2005

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    Favorite thing: In 1977, a Columbian of German ancestory named Carlos Lehder, who was a part of the Medellin cocaine Cartel, bought a villa on Norman's Cay. Carlos was apparently a quite a forceful flamboyant character with big ideas. His idea was that drug running could be even more profitable if small planes were used to fly cocaine in to the States, rather than using human mules flying commercial flights with suitcases full of drugs.

    In 1979, he bought half of the 650 acre Norman's Cay for $900,000.00. His purchase (under the aegis of International Dutch Resources, Inc.) included the old Norman's Cay Yacht club, dock and airstrip. Now, boaters were often chased away by guards with guns, and there was at least one sailboat found with several dead bodies aboard in the area.

    All this activity soon attracted the attention of the DEA of course. Their task force (called Operation Caribe) had the cay under surveillance from a Coast Guard cutter offshore, from agents on Shroud Cay, and from agents who were disguised as boaters feigning mechanical breakdown.

    Fondest memory: Lehder was arrested during a raid in 1979, but he had been tipped off and the cay was spotless, and it is said that he was released after supplying the Bahamian police officers with a suitcase which was said to contain $250,000. An irate DEA official charged that Lehder owned "..the whole damned country".

    The DEA began arresting Lehder's pilots and confiscating his shipments. In 1981 they handed down a 39 count indictment against him and 13 others, but Carlos was not too concerned based on previous actions of the Bahamian government. In 1983, an NBC News broadcast implicated the Bahamian Government including the Prime Minister, but no charges were ever filed.

    After his new plane crashed into the water east of the marina dock, he left the cay and began living as a fugitive in Columbia. He was finally captured there and extradited to the US, where he was convicted and sentenced to life without parole plus 135 years. His exact prison location is apparently a secret. For more information on Lehder, check a PBS Frontline story. In addition, there is an interview with George Jung which was also done by Frontline.

    The 2001 movie "Blow" starring Penelope Cruz, with Johnny Depp as George Jung was supposedly filmed or set on Norman's Cay. George met Carlos in prison in 1974 before he bought Normans.

    When the DEA finally caught Carlos, George Jung was one of the main witnesses and he walked away from any prosecution or prison sentence in return for his testimony. However, he couldn't stay away from smuggling for which he is currently in prison until 2014 when he will be 72 years old.

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