James Bond Beach

Ian Flemming, author of the James Bond novels, spent a lot of his time in Jamaica on this beach, which is now named after 007. Today, visitors can visit the shores that served as inspiration for Flemming and spend their days swimming, sun bathing, and participating in a variety of water sports.

Located in Saint Mary Parish, 0.6 miles west of Oracabessa, James Bond Beach is on the North East coast of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Though you wouldn't necessarily call James Bond Beach secluded, it's also not an overly crowded beach. So while this isn't the most private place on the island to spend time with your sweetheart, it's a good alternative to beaches in urban areas, where the noise of crowds and traffic can kill a romantic mood.

How to Access The Beach
James Bond Beach is situated 10 miles to the east of Ocho Rios, off A3, on the Oracabessa Bay peninsula. You'll find the beach just off Main Street.

Amenities and Ambiance

James Bond Beach is as close to the idyllic tropical beach as it comes, with its blindingly blue waters that lap the ivory shores in such a rhythmic motion that it can be mesmerizing. The St. Marys Mountains serve as the stunning backdrop to this already near-perfect beach.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many James Bond Beach visitors find convenient and satisfying. Jamaica offers plenty of great places to eat, but don't think that table-side service and a lengthy menu are necessary to enjoy a tasty meal. Some visitors, in fact, like having lunch very close-by. With this in mind, you might ask your hotel if they offer to pack picnic lunches for their guests. Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. Tourists visiting the island's north coast won't want to miss out on all that this beach has to offer. It is a favorite hotspot for both locals and tourists.

What's Nearby

Attractions

James Bond Beach is always a lovely side-trip when you're in the area. Look for it on the North East coast of Jamaica. It is close to Firefly, which is situated three and a half miles to the east, and it is one of a number of the area's interesting attractions.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near James Bond Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Firefly Museum 3.6 E Jamaica
Galina Lighthouse Lighthouse 4.1 E Jamaica
Harmony Hall Art Gallery 4.9 W Jamaica
Brimmer Hall Estate Historical Site 6.1 SE Jamaica
Clonmel Potters Gallery Art Gallery 6.4 S Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Ocho Rios is the closest town and is not lacking in exploration opportunities, yet also not overflowing with buildings. From the shore, Ocho Rios is a little ways off, maybe eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. There aren't many large hotels in the immediate vicinity, but you may meet guests staying at smaller lodgings in the area.

Since the beach is located in a fairly popular vacation destination, it is not typically all that tough to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. For visitors looking to get a place that's near the water, the following table lists the options closest to James Bond Beach.

Accommodations near James Bond Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Golden Seas Beach Resort 0.1 E Resort
GoldenEye 0.9 NE Resort
Beaches Boscobel Resort & Golf Club 1.6 W Resort

Food

While this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you can still satisfy your hunger, particularly if you're willing to venture a little farther away. One of the closest places to eat is Bizot Bar, which is a mile to the northeast of it.

The following table provides a list of nearby dining options.

Restaurants near James Bond Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bizot Bar (876) 622-9007 American, Jamaican Informal 1.0 mi. NE
The Gazebo (876) 622-9007 International Fine Dining 1.0 mi. NE
Dean Meat Mart & Deli (876) 725-0350 -- -- -- --

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Jamaica, of course, and James Bond Beach is just one option.

You may also want to try Yerba Buena Beach, where there's usually lots of activity. You'll find it 11 miles to the east-southeast. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, RioNuoya Beach is an area secluded from lots of tourists and buildings. You'll find it only a short distance away.

You may also enjoy Rio Nuevo Battle Site, which is located not a great distance away, so a short cab ride can take you where you want to go.

Jamaica offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and dropping by James Bond Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.

 

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