James Bond beach is in the parish of St Mary on Jamaica’s north coast. It was definitely worth the trip to go see it and the drive was just as beautiful. It’s only about 20 minutes from Ocho Rios and the drive is ALL coast. You follow the seaside to Oracabessa and you’re there!
So I shouldn’t make it sound so easy to find because we drove right past the sign and ended up in Port Maria, which wasn’t so bad because it just added time onto the beautiful drive! But anyways we found it and it was totally worth looking for. The beach was quiet!!! No one else there except 5 of us and one other party of 4.
In case you don’t know why it’s called James Bond beach, it’s because the author Ian Fleming wrote the James Bond novels here. There’s a place called Golden Eye near this beach where he wrote the books. Now you know! Another thing you should know is that there’s an admission cost of $350 JMD per person to get into the beach. I hate paying to get into beaches when there are so many free ones hidden away that most tourists don’t know about. But at least at James Bond beach you get a little bit for your money. There’s a decent sized changing and shower facility there. There’s also a full restaurant and bar called MoonRaker that serves up super fresh, just caught fish!
The day we hit this beach it was HOT HOT outside so I couldn’t wait to get in the water. It was so clear we could see all the little fish swimming at our feet. My friend even caught one in his hand and we played with it a bit. And the unobstructed ocean view was amazing here.
Beyond the bar there is a really big “yard” which is home to many large and international concerts, such as Bob Marley tribute, Sashi, and the latest – Follow Di Arrow which just happened in February. So a lot goes on at night at this sleepy-in-the-daytime beach.
I enjoyed the couple hours we spent here just chillin’ out. As I said, the drive alone is worth coming for and if you don’t like crowds this is a great beach to hang at. Oh and if you don’t have a ride, you could probably do it in a route taxi for no more than a few hundred JMD.