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

Fort Balcarres is located in Falmouth, meaning guests staying in this area of Jamaica will be excited to have easy site access during their visit. You can expect little traffic surrounding this historic site, especially as there aren't many lodgings close.

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

You'll find an adequate number of eateries to select from in the area around this historical site. The most frequented nearby eatery is Club Nazz Restaurant, which has a menu full of American meals. Also within a short distance, you will encounter options such as Pepper's Jerk Chicken and Tastee Limited where you and your party will be able to test out Jamaican meals and experience the flavors of Jamaica.


Contact Information

Location: Rodney Street, Falmouth, Jamaica


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