Fort Clarence

Clean shores and waters are the main attraction at Fort Clarence. Although steeped in history, the fort itself was left to itself and is now in a state of disrepair. This spot is a popular venue for multiple forms of entertainment on the beach and mainly draws a local crowd on the weekends. Food vendors and facilities are available yet not entirely adequate for very large crowds.

Set in the southern part of Hellshire, Fort Clarence is on the South East coast of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by even if you are not staying in the immediate vicinity. Fort Clarence stands out because it's one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Other nearby beaches in Jamaica may provide just as many amenities as Fort Clarence, but are usually more cramped because they're lined with some of the most famous hotels and restaurants.

How to Access The Beach
Heading southwest from Kingston or Portmore, take Hellshire's Main Rd until it reaches a fork, at which you'll take a left. From there, the beach is located just south of Two Sister Cave.

Amenities and Ambiance

Kingston's beaches do not have the most stunning reputations regarding their beauty. However, Fort Clarence's black sand beaches are incredibly popular with the crowds of Jamaica because of all of the other activities available to guests of its shores. The facilities, although sparse, are clean and the shores are well taken care of at Fort Clarence's popular beach.

There is also a restaurant on-location, which many Fort Clarence visitors find convenient and satisfying. There are plenty of dining experiences to be had in Jamaica, but eating a delicious meal on the beach can be especially memorable. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Jamaica's famous street food along the way.

There is also a concession stand available. On some days, it may be possible to get lunch from one of the local vendors who are typically found at this location.

Vacationers can take advantages of picnic tables at this beach, which make beach dining less messy, and are good spots for lounging.

Fort Clarence does have public restrooms for your convenience. Interact with the locals at this popular beach that mainly attracts residents of Kingston. Concerts and various other forms of entertainment occur along the shores on the weekends for the locals and other guests are always welcome.

Guests that plan to take full advantage of the comforts made available here, don't need to worry; Fort Clarence happens to be situated in an area which crowds do not often visit. Taking that into consideration, failing to locate an unoccupied comfort at Fort Clarence is something that you will not have to go through when arriving at the beach, no matter if it is the most popular time to visit.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the South East coast of Jamaica. It's located near Port Royal, which is seen five and a half miles to the northeast, and it is one of a few attractions in the vicinity.

If you want to mix some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to People's Museum of Craft and Technology. This museum is relatively near Fort Clarence, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. The attractions nearest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Fort Clarence
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Port Royal Historical Site 5.5 NE Jamaica
Port Royal Community Center Convention, Conference and Meeting Space Center 5.5 NE Jamaica
Acropolis Portmore Casino 5.6 N Jamaica
Fort Charles Museum 5.7 NE Jamaica
18 Century Iron Bridge Historical Site 8.3 NNW Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Spanish Town is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the shore, Spanish Town is found maybe eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on if you visit during a popular season, which is often indicated by how busy the hotels are. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it's often visited by guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Though vacationers will generally find few accommodations in the region, those options closest to Fort Clarence can be seen in the following table.

Accommodations near Fort Clarence
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hotel Casanova 5.3 N Hotel
Sea Horse Rider Inn 5.8 NNE Hotel
Grand Port Royal Hotel 5.8 NE Hotel


Although this spot isn't close to many restaurants, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, especially if you are willing to venture a little farther away. One of the nearest restaurants is Exquisite Restaurant & Lounge, which is four miles away.

The following table provides a list of dining options located near this beach.

Restaurants near Fort Clarence
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Exquisite Restaurant & Lounge (876) 949-8278 Chinese, Jamaican Very Casual 4.1 mi. N
Rodney's Arms (876) 988-1063 International Very Casual 5.0 mi. NNE

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Fort Clarence.

Another location you might enjoy is Maiden Cay Beach, found a brief car or taxi trip away. On the other hand, Lime Cay offers more action, and isn't far from other popular destinations. You'll find it six miles to the east-northeast.

You may also enjoy Hellshire Beach, which is located a mile and a half away. To the southwest of Kingston lies Hellshire beach, the most popular of the black sand beaches in this area. Locals flock to this area on the weekends to take advantage of this casual and relaxed environment on the shore. Food vendors sell their fresh cooked food to guests while fishermen traverse the shores. Although not the main attraction, the waters are cool and refreshing, making it a good idea to take a dip in the sea.

Fort Clarence could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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