Norman's Cay is known especially as the once-private island of a Colombian drug smuggler, and many tourists make it a point to spend a day or so touring sites on the tiny isle linked to this history. People who stay on a more long-term basis own property and time shares and are considered higher up on the economic spectrum so they are able to afford the private planes and chartered yachts that provide transportation to the island.
As aforementioned, Norman's Cay is frequented by tourists who are looking for a private getaway and more often than not own property here, or are staying with someone who does. Although Norman's Cay does have its own airport, it is not equipped to handle international traffic aboard commercial airlines. This means tourists will have to take a few extra steps to make arrangements to get to this Bahamian paradise.
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Transportation on Norman's Cay is limited due to the small size and population of the island. Most people who visit here are either property owners or guests of the property owners, and will be able to make their own way around the island. There are no taxis, buses, or regular ferry services to speak of, and all of the cars are privately owned. If you are staying with someone who owns a car, remember that the legal driving age is 17 and you must have a valid driver's license from your home country. Also, keep in mind that driving is done on the left side of the road like in the United Kingdom.
While transportation options are limited, at least this reduces the number of decisions you need to make, and allows you to move on to more important aspects of vacation planning! Less stressful planning can only lead to a relaxing getaway on Norman's Cay.
Located near the southern tip of Norman's Cay, theis a small airport with just a single asphalt runway measuring 2,999 feet long and 59 feet wide. There is no schedule to review as you plan your trip to Normans Cay, because this airport only welcomes chartered flights aboard private air crafts.
Flights are available from Ft. Lauderdale in the U.S. State of Florida, but more often than not, tourists will fly internationally to the Lynden Pindling International Airport on New Providence Island, then hire a charter to Normans Cay for around $600(USD) for up to six guests. The flight takes approximately 20 minutes.
The only other option for tourists making their way to Norman's Cay is to sail. Although Norman's Cay is not an official port of entry, it is located just north of Staniel Cay, which is a port of entry. As you sail into the area, you'll want to put up your yellow quarantine flag to let customs and immigrations officials know you have not yet been cleared to enter the island chain. Call ahead on VHF Chanel 16 to have someone meet you at the docks and oversee the process of you and everyone on board filling out immigration paperwork. After everyone aboard has gained clearance, you'll be responsible for a fee of between $150 and $300 to cover your cruising permit, fishing permit, and departure fee.
Once all of this has been handled, you're free to sail around the Bahamas and make your way to Norman's Cay.
With regards to staying on Norman's Cay, transportation options are somewhat limited, but this does make it easier to make decisions and move on to more important aspects of vacation planning. Less stressful planning can only lead to a relaxing getaway on Norman's Cay.
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