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Oracabessa, Jamaica, a small village twenty kilometers east of Ocho Rios in St. Mary Parish, is famous the world over as being the home of British actor and playwright Sir Noel Coward. It was also home to Ian Fleming, the author of the James Bond books. Both Goldeneye, the villa of Ian Fleming, and Firefly, that of Sir Noel Coward can be visited in Oracabessa. Beautiful James Bond Beach is also worth spending a few hours on.

Ian Fleming wrote fourteen Bond novels in Oracabessa, and scenes from the Bond film "Dr. No" were filmed on James Bond Beach and in and around Oracabessa and at Laughing Waters, about twenty-five kilometers west of Oracabessa. "Live And Let Die," another James Bond film, also had scenes shot in Oracabessa. After Fleming's death, Goldeneye was sold to reggae star Bob Marley, who later sold it to record producer and Island Records founder Chris Blackwell. The British reggae band UB40 also have a studio in Oracabessa. Sting is also reputed to have written the Police classic "Every Breath You Take" in Oracabessa while on holiday.

Firefly Estate is ten kilometers east of Oracabessa, and was the holiday home of Sir Noel Coward. Built in the mid-twentieth century on the mountaintop site of the former home of infamous pirate and former governor Sir Henry Morgan, Firefly is now a Jamaican National Heritage Site and has been transformed into the Sir Noel Coward Museum. It has great views over St. Mary Harbour and the Caribbean Sea. Sir Noel Coward was also buried here after his death in the seventies, in a small marble tomb in the garden.

Oracabessa has long had an allure for artists due to its relaxed atmosphere and its beautiful sunsets and stunning views. Among the guesthouses and villas, you can also find backpacker hostels in Oracabessa, Jamaica, as well as in the surrounding areas.

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Your Packing List for Oracabessa

Your Packing List for Oracabessa

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Other Nearby Cities

St. Mary (9 Km / 5 mi.)
Tower Isle (10 Km / 6 mi.)
Ocho Rios (17 Km / 10 mi.)
Robins Bay (19 Km / 12 mi.)
Priory (30 Km / 18 mi.)
Runaway Bay (42 Km / 26 mi.)
Fairy Hill (45 Km / 28 mi.)

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