Up until his death in 1964, Ian Fleming, the WWII intelligence officer and novelist, lived at Goldeneye, his sanctum sanctorum in Jamaica. Beginning in 1952 with Casino Royale, Mr. Fleming crafted all of his subsequent Bond novels there, amongst the rum punches, grottos and azure waters. Whether or not you stay at his home turned luxe resort, Jamaica is will forever be imbued in Bond-ness. Just don’t ask for your martini stirred.
Whether you're a James Bond buff or just a fan of luxury getaways, this exclusive address 20 minutes east of Ocho Rios holds special appeal.
With tables under sea-grape trees and a sandy path down to the beach, this is the perfect place for a relaxed meal.
The Caves 92
Light House Road
This 12-room resort challenges the notion of the tour package/cookie-cutter all-inclusive, not only for its small size but also for its abundance of character.
Southern Cross Blvd
Unusual location in a refurbished floating houseboat, with tables inside and on the decks.
Widely held to be one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world, these famous falls, on the A3, 3km west of town, are Jamaica’s top-grossing tourist attraction.
West End Road
With an intimate collection of 17 cottages (22 rooms), Tensing Pen is where guests come to unplug.
New Castle Road
This Georgian-style hotel in the mountains was built on a coffee plantation that belonged to the British royal family in the eighteenth century.
Hotel Mocking Bird Hill
Wonderful hotel restaurant serving consistently mouthwatering food for breakfast (try the corn pancakes with goat's cheese, or great omelets), lunch and dinner.
This vacation retreat was the home of Sir Noël Coward and his longtime companion, Graham Payn, who, as executor of Coward's estate, donated it to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust.
The most atmospheric beach in the southwest is in the community of Treasure Beach, which has several long stretches of sand as well as many small coves.
Norman Manley Blvd
This charming thatch-roofed restaurant is open all day and right on the beach: it's one of the top spots for dinner on Negril's 7-mile (11.3-km) strip of sand.
Formed of coastal limestone, these caves were a haven for runaway slaves and pirates.