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

You may enjoy staying in Falmouth if you plan on visiting Fort Balcarres, since travelers to this area of Jamaica will have the benefit of easy site access during their visit. With only a small number of accommodations around the community surrounding Fort Balcarres, less than average tourist movement might be predicted.

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

There is a modest selection nearby alfresco activities to participate in during down time, when you are not exploring Fort Balcarres. Visitors who are interested in trying out their ability around the green, will be able to do so at the closest option, which is Cinnamon Hill Course. If you aren't a golfer, other outdoor options exist, including Half Moon Beach, the closest beach. Plus, your party may come across one or two additional beach and golf opportunities in the region. Historic site guests will discover multiple indoor attractions in this general vicinity. There are a pair of additional attractions worth visiting in the area -Water Square and Outameni Theme Park- each of them located within just a few miles of the historic site.


Contact Information

Location: Rodney Street, Falmouth, Jamaica


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