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James Bond Beach

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James Bond Beach is a beach that sits on a small peninsula at Oracabessa Bay, about 10 miles from Ocho Rios on Jamaica's north coast. The beach has brightly painted changing rooms, a watersports centre, a bar, and a restaurant. The beach offers crystal clear water on three sides, and the mountains of St Mary reach straight down to the sea, a sight which serves as the beach's backdrop. Its expansive lawns are a regular venue for concerts by international artists such as Rihanna, Ziggy Marley, and Lauryn Hill.

James Bond Legacy[edit]

Scenes from the James Bond movie Dr. No were filmed at the beach. The two-story Moonraker bar, open on all sides, can hold up to 200 people; however, the only time it becomes full is during occasional jazz, blues, soca, and reggae concerts. The Bond-related décor is subdued, obvious only in the names of movies painted on small bamboo pieces that hang over the first-floor bar.

Open Water Swimming[edit]

The Lifespan 007 Open Water Swim Festival is an open water swimming competition held on James Bond Beach in November that is open to recreational to elite swimmers. Its distances include 1 km, 2 km, and 5 km (11 years & older) races, conducted over a 1 km rectangular course swum in the clockwise direction.

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