Runaway Bay, the site where Columbus first landed in Jamaica, lies between the two resorts of Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Runaway Bay is quieter and more relaxed than the neighbouring resorts and caters well for families and couples of all ages. Runaway Bay’s hotels are located by the beach or above, in the gently sloping hills that lie behind the coastal road. The stunning beaches are good for swimming and excellent for water-sports including wind surfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. There are a range of activities and facilities available including golf courses, museums and a variety of restaurants and laid-back bars.
The area around Runaway Bay is a mecca for music fans. The tiny village of Nine Mile celebrates Jamaica's most famous son, Bob Marley who was born and later buried in the village. Runaway Bay’s proximity to Ocho Rios means that duty-free shopping and Dunn’s River Falls are easily accessible. Further inland set in forested green hills is the Goshen Widerness Resort, popular for fishing and horse riding. There is also a nearby equestrian centre at Chukka Cove that features polo matches, horse-riding lessons, and trail rides through neighbouring plantations. To the east in the town of Oracabessa, is Goldeneye, the former home of author Ian Flemming. Runaway Bay is in the heart of the north coast and an excellent base for those who are looking for a little more than a beach holiday.
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