James Bond Beach

James Bond Beach
James Bond Beach is one of the most alluring beaches in Kingston, most especially because of the association with the legendary spy series written by Ian Fleming, a one-time resident of Jamaica. As with many of the other beaches that pepper the Caribbean coastline of this country, you will find broad swaths of white and golden, powdery sand accented by crystal blue, shimmering waters, and seemingly endless tropical foliage, including tall palms and colorful flowers. James Bond Beach is located within close proximity of Ocho Rios. For those people not staying within walking distance of this beach and closer to the town center, it only take around twenty minutes, sometimes less, to get to James Bond Beach.

This is a fairly large beach located about ten miles east of the town center of Ocho Rios. Lifeguards regularly patrol the areas that have hotel patrons and you will find that there are plenty of public facilities, including changing rooms, restrooms, and showers. There are also a good variety of restaurants, bars, and clubs nearby, especially in Ocho Rios, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Jamaica.

James Bond Beach is impressively beautiful. It is surrounded by water on three sides and has the verdant mountains of St. Mary as a backdrop. This island mountain reaches all the way down to the sea and lends to the natural appeal of this particular beach. Besides raw natural beauty, you will also come into contact with lots of amazing food, some fun craft shopping, and of course, reggae music. You never have to go far in Jamaica to find proper reggae music, and this is one of the beaches where you can oftentimes find a free concert being given. These are some of the best times in Jamaica. The drinks flow and the vibe is laid back and relaxed. Some of the most notable events that take place at James Bond Beach is the Bob Marley Tribute Show.

The best part about eating the seafood at James Bond Beach, something for which the area is quite well known, is that it is absolutely fresh, and most times, caught that day. If you are staying at one of the nearby hotels or resorts in Ocho Rios, you will probably be spoiled by a daily menu of fresh catches, but make your way down to James Bond Beach and you will find out what fresh fish really means in Jamaica.

There are guided tours of the beach and the surrounding areas. You can do this on a boat or, for the more adventurous, on a waverunner tour. You will be able to see the old house of Ian Fleming, the other huge homes in the area, as well as some of the natural attractions of this portion of the Jamaican coastline. Some of the very best views of James Bond Beach and the surrounding areas can only be achieved by use of a watercraft, so if you do plan to take a trip to this beach, you should strongly consider taking a boat tour or renting a boat yourself to make the most of your trip.

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