Fort Balcarres

Built originally some time before 1774, the fort was reconstructed several times, not because of its destruction in attacks, but because the government kept changing their mind of where the fort should be. From 1774 to 1800 it changed location at least three times; an average of at least once every eight and a half years. By the later half of the 1800's the fort was practically abandoned, and in 1902 was transformed into the town's public school, which it still functions as today.


The original fort exists today only in ruins, as the grounds have been repurposed and reconstructed to accommodate a public school. Nonetheless, visitors will still be able to spot a few relics, including the orginal armory and a cannon facing the harbor.

Staying Close

Falmouth is a good option for those wishing to visit Fort Balcarres, since those staying in this region of Jamaica will be pleased to have easy access to this historic attraction for the duration of their trip. There isn't much congestion in the area near the historic site, particularly since there are very few hotel rooms in the vicinity.

Hotels near Fort Balcarres
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Fisherman's Inn Hotel 1.7 mi. (3.3 km) ESE
Franklyn D. Resort Resort 2.6 mi. (4.8 km) E
Retreat Guesthouse Luxury Suites Guest house 2.9 mi. (5.2 km) ESE
Royalton White Sands Resort 2.9 mi. (5.4 km) E

Location and What's Nearby

Guests at Fort Balcarres will be able to find one or two island activities like playing a few holes of golf and heading to the beach without having to look very hard. Vacationers interested in showing their aptitude around the golf course, might want to do so at the nearest golfing facility, which is Cinnamon Hill Course. If you aren't a golfer, think about heading over to Half Moon Beach, one of the closest beaches to this landmark. Though you might find your options limited, a few additional similar opportunities in the sun exist in the area. Historic site visitors will also find plenty of indoor attractions in this general area. There are a pair of attractions -Water Square and Outameni Theme Park- both of which are located not far from the historic site.


Contact Information

Location: Rodney Street, Falmouth, Jamaica


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