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James Bond returns to
Jamaican beaches

Hard-core 007 fans may feel like they are being transported back to 1962, with the return of James Bond to Jamaican shores. Filming of the next instalment featuring the world-famous British secret service agent–now in the delectable form of Daniel Craig–is currently underway amidst this tropical setting, which also provided the perfect backdrop for scenes of Dr. No.

 

Some might be surprised to learn that apart from offering a plethora of luxury resorts, this Caribbean island is also famous for having been a great source of inspiration for the creator of 007, who fell in love with Jamaica while attending a wartime naval conference in Kingston. Ian Fleming, a British intelligence officer himself, returned to Jamaica to lay down roots, eventually spending his winters there and penning more than a dozen novels and short stories featuring James Bond.

 

Now, fans of the books and films can step right into Fleming and Bond's shoes, and travel to many of the locations frequented by the author and his fictional characters, as well as enjoying a wide variety of things to do and activities for families and couples throughout Jamaica. Whether you're looking to relax on the beach or enjoy an adventure fit for an action scene straight out of a Bond film, here are a few of the most famous spots that Fleming either visited or used as inspiration for his work.

Follow Fleming and Bond’s steps through Jamaica’s best locations

For the Beach-Lover

The sparkling blue waters did more than simply inspire the backdrops of Fleming's novels. Even his prose are said to have been inspired by his daily swims, leading him to describe one of his characters spying on another "like an octopus under a rock" and other similar references to sea life.

 

Whether you'll be channeling a bikini-clad bond girl and relaxing on the beach, indulging in the perks of a well-deserved all-inclusive vacation or following in Fleming's own steps with a snorkeling adventure, there are several Jamaican beaches that made an appearance in the Bond books and films.

 

James Bond Beach

Legend has it that Ian Fleming's close friend spotted a naked girl swimming off of this very beach, and declared that this was the place for his friend to build his home. Now aptly named after his leading character, James Bond Beach offers white sands and sparkling waters, with Fleming's former home, Goldeneye, perched high above on the edge of a cliff. Tourists may also recognize this beach from the film "Dr. No."

Less than a half an hour drive from one of the best all-inclusive resorts in Jamaica, you'll enjoy sweeping views of the coast on this easy visit. James Bond Beach is also located just a short distance from Port Maria, another must-see destination for every Bond fan.

 

Laughing Waters Beach

It's no wonder that one of Jamaica's most gorgeous beaches was featured in what is perhaps the most iconic Bond scene. You may recognize Laughing Waters Beach from the scene in "Dr. No," when Ursula Andress rises out of the water and spots Sean Connery.

 

For the Adventure-Seeker

When it comes to stunning scenery and luxurious hangouts of the Bond films, there's no doubt that Jamaica has plenty to offer. If you're more interested in the action-packed side of the films, however, the country offers ways to experience this, too.

 

Dunn's River Falls

Located just ten minutes from Palace Resorts’ Jamaican destination, Dunn's River Falls is the perfect afternoon adventure for thrill-seeking Bond enthusiasts.

Follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress, in the film, "Dr. No," as you scale this breathtaking waterfall.

Other Must-See Destinations for Bond-Enthusiasts

Besides stunning beaches and adventures fit for an action scene, there are plenty of other must-see destinations in Jamaica that were frequented by Fleming and his fictional characters.

 

Port Maria

Less than an hour's drive from luxurious and renowned Moon Palace Jamaica all-inclusive resort is Port Maria, where Fleming married his wife, Ann, in the historic courthouse, which can still be visited today.

 

Cabarita Island

Be sure to look for it from the harbor at Port Maria. Cabarita Island is rumored to be the inspiration for Fleming's Isle of Surprise.

 

Ian Fleming International Airport

Just over 6 miles from Ocho Rios, Ian Fleming International Airport might not be the most exciting Bond destination to visit, but it is indicative of Fleming’s lasting impact on the country. The airport was renovated in 2011 and now serves smaller commercial jets with service from the island, the US, and other Caribbean islands.

 

Enjoy Your Own Bond Adventure with a Visit to Jamaica and a Stay at Moon Palace, with an added plus.

After a long day of exploring all that Jamaica has to offer, what better way to channel your inner-Bond than with a bite to eat and a refreshing martini (shaken, not stirred) at the best restaurants and bars in Ocho Rios, Jamaica, housed at Moon Palace Jamaica.

 

Spend your days chasing the footsteps of Fleming and the celebrities that played his characters, and then relax like a celebrity yourself. What’s more, a section of the resort is nestled upon the spot where Sean Connery landed his helicopter in the very first James Bond offering.

 

Dr. Yeah Moon!

 

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