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.

Situated in Hellshire, Fort Clarence is on the South East edge of Jamaica. You might want regardless of whether you are staying particularly close by. Fort Clarence is a distinguishable relaxation spot because it's perfect for escaping the hustle of Jamaica's urban areas. Many of the other beaches in Jamaica may have the same warm sand and calming breezes as Fort Clarence, but tend to be busier since they're located by some of the most popular tourist areas in town.

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 great restaurant right on-site if you're interested; many find it the perfect, convenient solution for lunch. There all types of dining experiences in Jamaica that visitors can partake in, but eating at the beach can be especially memorable. Sometimes, hotels offer to pack up on-the-go lunches for their guests. Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The snack bar here is the ultimate convenience if you need a cold drink, or something to hold you over until dinner. If available, you could also try local specialties from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Whether you're eating lunch or just a snack at, you'll appreciate the available picnic tables.

There are public restrooms at this beach——something you'll appreciate if you bring the kids along. 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.

Hidden away, Fort Clarence as well as its available amenities are bound to be a good choice among guests wishing to get away from the busy beaches, since it happens to be found within a quiet region. With this in mind, sweating to find an available convenience while at the beach is not a thing you will do very often, in spite of what time it is.

What's Nearby


Fort Clarence is on Jamaica's South East coast; the area hosts attractions such as Port Royal, which is five and a half miles to the northeast.

If you want to combine a cultural experience with your visit to the beach, you should consider a trip to People's Museum of Craft and Technology, one of the closest museums, and might make a nice break from the midday sun.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

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 town of Spanish Town is close-by and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Fort Clarence, Spanish Town isn't out of reach at eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how packed the nearby hotels are. There are not many large hotels nearby, but you may meet guests staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

While there aren't many hotels close-by, the nearest ones have been listed in the table below.

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, particularly if you're willing to venture a little out of the way. Exquisite Restaurant & Lounge is one of the closest eateries, which is a quick car or cab ride away.

The table below 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

There are other beaches in Jamaica you might like besides Fort Clarence.

You might also enjoy Maiden Cay Beach, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. Others might prefer Lime Cay, which could provide a few more possibilities for excitement, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located six miles to the east-northeast.

You might also want to visit Hellshire Beach, located within a couple of miles. 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.

Jamaica offers endless ways to discover its natural beauty, and Fort Clarence is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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