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 convenient access to the historical site during their time there. With just a few hotels around the region around Fort Balcarres, a small amount of tourist traffic should be predicted.

Hotels near Fort Balcarres
Hotel Type Distance Direction
Fisherman's Inn Hotel 1.7 mi. (3.3 km) ESE
Glistening Waters Hotel Hotel 1.8 mi. (3.4 km) ESE
Franklyn D. Resort Resort 2.6 mi. (4.8 km) E
Royalton White Sands Resort 2.9 mi. (5.4 km) E

Location and What's Nearby

There are just enough eateries to keep vacationers contented in the neighborhood nearby this historical site. The most proximate place to eat is Donna's Caribbean Restaurant, which serves American fare. Pepper's Jerk Chicken and Falmouth Jerk Center are some of the other restaurant options close to Fort Balcarres. At Falmouth Jerk Center you should be sure to test out Jamaican dishes and enjoy the local foods and culture of Jamaica.


Contact Information

Location: Rodney Street, Falmouth, Jamaica


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