St. Mary Region Tour

Prospect Plantation

Prospect Plantation Tour on Horseback

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Feed the Ostriches & Butterfly Aviary

Prospect Plantation is a working agricultural property established in the 18th century. You will enjoy this tour by horseback and experience a Jamaican Plantation, where you will see bananas, cassava, sugar cane, coffee, all spice and many other crops. See Farmer Brown climb a 30ft Coconut Tree.

Prospect Plantation is boasting one of the most unique and captivating tours worldwide. Hear stories of the colorful history of the estate. Experience the amazing views of the Island and enjoy our “secret gardens”. Take pleasure in feeding the ostriches. See the bees in their home and stroll our butterfly aviary, and enjoy a cool complimentary refreshing drink.

Admission fee:

  • USD $35.00

James Bond Beach

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James Bond Beach sits on a small peninsula at Oracabessa Bay about 10 miles (16 km) from Ocho Rios. Located just off Main Street Oracabessa, adjacent to luxury estates Goldeneye and Golden Clouds , James Bond Beach has brightly painted changing rooms, a water sports centre, a bar and a restaurant. It is surrounded by crystal clear water on three sides and an amazing backdrop; the lush mountains of St Mary reaching straight down to the sea.

Its expansive lawns are a regular venue for concerts by international artists such as Rihanna, Ziggy Marley and Lauryn Hill Scenes from the classic James Bond movie Dr. No which features beautiful Ursula Andress were filmed at James Bond beach.The huge 2-story Moonraker bar, open on all sides, can hold up to 200, but the only time it’s that packed is during occasional jazz, blues, soca  and reggae concerts. It’s a genuine beach bar where sandy feet and wet swimsuits are the norm. 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. There are no Bond souvenir stands anywhere.

Both locals and tourists come to James Bond Beach to drink, dine, sun and swim. Celebrity friends of owner Chris Blackwell, who is also a movie producer and founder of Island records sometimes stop by. A weekend regular is Carl Bradshaw, who appeared in such well-known Jamaica-based movies as The harder they come.

Rio Nuevo Battle Site

Rio Nuevo St. Mary is the site of the final pitched battle between British and Spanish forces to determine possession of Jamaica. The Spanish defeat following five years of guerrilla warfare led by Spanish Governor Arnaldo de Isassi placed Jamaica definitively in English hands. Spain formally conceded Jamaica to England by the Treaty of Madrid in 1670.

The Beckford family who owned a significant portion of the property on which the battle took place, donated approximately one acre of this land to the Jamaica National Heritage Trust (JNHT). The JNHT has currently given a Licence to the Rio Nuevo Heritage Foundation for its occupation, use and maintenance of this property.

The inscription on the Rio Nuevo battle site marker reads:

The Rio Nuevo Memorial

“The stockade that once stood here was captured on the 17th June 1658 by Colonel Edward D’oyley and the English forces under his command after a gallant defence by Don Cristobal de Ysassi the last spanish govenor

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