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 toward the southern outskirts of Hellshire, Fort Clarence is on the South East coast of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Fort Clarence stands out because it's perfect for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Many of the other beaches in Jamaica offer views of the sea that are just as pretty, but are usually more cramped because they're right around the corner from the area's major hotels and resorts.

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 could always try the restaurant right on the water, if it suits your taste. Every region in the Caribbean has its own culinary style, and Jamaica is no different. One truly memorable place to discover local delicacies is right next to the coast. Did you know that many hotels are able to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Otherwise, there are plenty of walk-up vendors that offer hot, on-the-go food.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. Sometimes, visitors will be able to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

If you're not fond of dining in the sand, picnic tables can be found for you to eat on instead.

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.

the region in which Fort Clarence is located is not near many tourist spots. As such, fighting to acquire an open amenity or service here is something that you will not do when coming to the beach, no matter what time of the day you get there.

What's Nearby


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

If you want to combine some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to People's Museum of Craft and Technology. It's located relatively close to Fort Clarence, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Spanish Town is nearby and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Fort Clarence, Spanish Town is a car ride off, about eight and a half miles (13 and a half kilometers) away.


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on everything from the time the sun sets to how many people have booked rooms nearby. There aren't many major hotels nearby, but it can attract guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Though this area doesn't sport many hotels that are within a short car ride, the closest ones are listed 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


Though you'll be hard-pressed to find many dining options nearby, you'll probably still spot a few places to try, particularly if you are prepared to drive or bike a few miles. One of the nearest places to eat is Exquisite Restaurant & Lounge, which is four miles away.

Nearby dining options are shown in the table below.

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

Fort Clarence isn't the only beach worth checking out in Jamaica.

You might also enjoy Maiden Cay Beach, found a brief car or taxi trip away. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Lime Cay. It's found six miles to the east-northeast.

Travelers may also want to consider 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.

Jamaica has plenty to offer its visitors, and Fort Clarence is just one of many incredible attractions you can choose from.


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