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.

Located in Hellshire, Fort Clarence is on the South East coast of Jamaica. You might want even if you are not staying in the vicinity. Travelers in search of a tranquil, secluded setting should consider going off the beaten path to Fort Clarence.

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.

You'll also discover that there is a restaurant on the shore worth trying. Jamaica has plenty of fantastic eateries around town, but not all your meals have to be in a sit-down restaurant. Some visitors, in fact, like having lunch very close-by. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Jamaica's famous street food along the way.

If you're suddenly hungry or thirsty, the concession stand at Fort Clarence is the ultimate convenience. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to order some food from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

This beach does have its own picnic facilities, making dining here even less of a hassle.

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.

Tourist that are hoping to take full advantage of the comforts available at this location, will like this news; Fort Clarence happens to be found in a region which is generally free of many crowds. So the availability of certain amenities likely won't be decreased.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Fort Clarence on Jamaica's South East coast. It is near Port Royal, which is a quick taxi ride away, and it is among the attractions in the region.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Fort Charles, one of the closest museums, so it would be an easy side trip to take after the beach.

There are options for close-by activities so you won't run low on things to do. 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
Fort Charles Museum 5.7 NE Jamaica
18 Century Iron Bridge Historical Site 8.3 NNW Jamaica
Old Court House Historical Site 8.6 NNW Jamaica
People's Museum of Craft and Technology Museum 8.7 NW Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The closest town is Spanish Town, which is in an area with interesting things to do and see, but isn't as sprawling and crowded as some other areas. From Fort Clarence, Spanish Town is located roughly eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, it depends on several things: the season, the weather, even how full nearby hotel rooms are. This beach is not near many large hotels, but you may see visitors staying at the few small lodgings in the area.


Though this coastal destination is not exactly the area's culinary epicenter, you can still find some interesting eateries, particularly if you're willing to drive a bit. One of the nearest restaurants is Prendy's on the Beach, which is one and a quarter miles away.

The table below provides a list of restaurants closest to this beach.

Restaurants near Fort Clarence
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Prendy's on the Beach (876) 385-9497 Jamaican Informal 1.3 mi. NNE
Exquisite Restaurant & Lounge (876) 949-8278 Chinese, Jamaican Very Casual 4.1 mi. N

Other Beaches

Needless to say, there are other beaches in Jamaica besides Fort Clarence worth visiting.

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Maiden Cay Beach, found a brief car or taxi trip away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, Lime Cay may be just what you're looking for. It's located six miles to the east-northeast.

Another option worth considering is 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.

Maybe Fort Clarence is a perfect spot for you to kick back, and at the same time perhaps not the the ideal fit; in which case there are other beaches (and other outdoor attractions) worth trying.


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