With the next James Bond movie primarily filmed in Jamaica, it seems aa fine a time as any to stroll down motion picture memory lane, as this is not the first film in the franchise to use the Caribbean country as its backdrop.
Whether heading on a family beach vacation, girl’s trip or romantic getaway, here are a few film-worthy locales to inspire (more) wanderlust this summer.
Before Daniel Craig’s rendition of the famous Bond, James Bond, there was Sean Connery (and a slew of others), but specifically Dr. No was famous for showcasing Jamaica’s stunning beaches and diverse landscape. The film, also starring Ursula Andress, was primarily filmed in Ocho Rios, or Crab Key as the fictional island was called. The stunning beach town is a great setting for your low-key holiday, spent lounging by the tranquil blue waters, splashing around in the calm bay with the kids or hopping from one quaint island bar to the next with friends.
Another Bond adaptation, Live and Let Die, starring Roger Moore, Yaphet Kotto and Jane Seymour, filmed also in Ocho Rios, but at Couples San Souci. This film showed off more of the region’s iconic natural beauty, as well as its darker side.
Other scenes in the film, one set at Queens Club, was actually the Liguinea Club in Kingston. This nod to local culture is followed by several other scenes showing off the region’s natural beauty in North Kingston, along the stunning Blue Mountains. Jamaica’s capital city is famous for more than the ruggedly beautiful rock formations and stunning hiking trail views of the Blue Mountains, but also the Bob Marley Museum for your music-loving members of the family, rum tours for the adults, arts and culture landmarks and a slew of picturesque beaches to explore.
A cemetery scene was constructed on Falmouth Road, north of Montego Bay as well as a bus-chase scene along Montego Bay-Lucea Highway. Live and Let Die also took viewers through the popular Green Grotto Caves, located on Jamaica’s north coast. Montego Bay is more famously known for its long stretch of beaches, authentic Jamaican eats, fun nightlife and all-inclusive resort culture — a perfect starting point for a romantic getaway.
Another famous setting in its own right, Rose Hall Great House is a haunted 18th-century plantation with a sorted history. Located in Montego Bay, you can see the old house with a makeshift graveyard —interesting considering the property has an existing graveyard — as well as a poppy field scene, actually an open lawn toward the back of the house. Head to Rose Hall for a daytrip and learn all about the creepy, lurid history of its grounds, previous owners and recent history.
San Diego is a great destination for families looking for fun no matter what time of year it is, but this fall, there is plenty to do for everyone — even when you have a budget. Thanks to year-round sunshine, the best way to explore this city is by heading outdoors and enjoying the beautiful weather.
Mana is the life force Tahitians believe connects all things. Feel the mana for yourself on a visit to the islands of Tahiti, and sample some of these activities as you connect with the breathtaking nature of the South Pacific. Fly Air France from the United States to Tahiti in the most convenient and comfortable way and let your holiday start on board.
Just because the kids have gone back to school and the days have started getting shorter doesn’t mean summer fun has to end. There are still plenty of opportunities to enjoy what’s left of the dwindling season. You can extend your warm weather adventures with these activities all over the country.
The movies and cruise vacations actually have a lot in common: fascinating ports of call, making friends with interesting people, new sensory experiences, the constant change of scenery. When you think about it, it’s no surprise many classic comedies and romances are set aboard cruise ships, including Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) with Marilyn Monroe, Royal Wedding (1951), An Affair to Remember (1957) with Cary Grant, the more recent and kid-friendly Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation, and the long-running television series Love Boat.
There is an ever-growing number of options for wellness breaks — but it’s up to you to choose wisely in order to get the most from your experience. First, decide what kind of setting is best for facilitating an environment you find personally soothing or rejuvenating: city, forest, historic, mountain, ocean or lake? Do you want access to a yoga instructor, dance classes, hiking, cooking classes or another specific activity? Are you a solo wellness warrior, or do you prefer to travel with a partner or friends?