Three Places to Go if You Really Love Books

Take a literary vacation to learn all about Ian Fleming in Jamaica, Jane Austen in England and Ernest Hemingway in Cuba.

Jane Austen's House Museum

Here are three literary destinations known for inspiring iconic writers.

Oracabessa, Jamaica

Ian Fleming wrote all 14 James Bond books at his Goldeneye estate, which is now a luxury hotel called GoldenEye in Oracabessa, Jamaica. Snorkel at the resort’s private beach, which some say inspired several underwater Bond scenes, then head to nearby Port Maria to see Cabarita Island, the real-life Isle of Surprise from Live and Let Die.

Hampshire, England

Jane Austen spent most of her life in Hampshire country, and the region, about an hour and a half from London, is honouring the 200th anniversary of her death with events throughout 2017. Visit Chawton to see Jane Austen’s House Museum, where she worked on novels like Mansfield Park, then stroll through the village to see the cottages and farmlands that filled her books.

Havana, Cuba

Ernest Hemingway wrote several of his classics in Cuba, including The Old Man and the Sea. Head 20 minutes outside Havana to see Finca Vigía, his former home, then go north to Cojímar. This fishing village where Hemingway set his masterpiece still has great angling and Spanish fortifications. ­

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Editor’s note: This story originally appeared in the November 2017 issue of WestJet Magazine and was updated in March 2018.