Norman’s Cay is a small island located in the Exuma Cays of the Bahamas. The island is approximately 200 miles southeast of Miami and 80 miles southeast of Nassau, the capital of the Bahamas.
In the 1970s and 1980s, Norman’s Cay gained notoriety as a hub for drug trafficking operations. Carlos Lehder, a Colombian drug lord and co-founder of the Medellin Cartel, purchased the island in 1978 and used it as a base of operations for smuggling cocaine into the United States. Lehder built a luxury mansion on the island, as well as an airstrip that could accommodate large planes.
The island’s location, with its secluded beaches and clear waters, made it an ideal location for drug smugglers to operate. However, the drug trade on Norman’s Cay came to an end in 1982 when a joint operation by the Bahamian government and the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) resulted in Lehder’s arrest and the dismantling of his drug trafficking network.
Today, Norman’s Cay is a popular destination for tourists who come to enjoy the island’s natural beauty and explore its history. Visitors can explore the abandoned mansion and airstrip, as well as snorkel and dive in the surrounding waters. The island is also known for its swimming pigs, a popular attraction in the Exuma Cays.
In recent years, there has been some development on Norman’s Cay, including the construction of luxury villas and a marina. However, the island remains relatively undeveloped compared to some of the more heavily populated tourist destinations in the Bahamas.