Beaches in Kingston

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Kingston is not especially known for its beaches, as many of the tourists that travel here do so for business or cultural purposes.  Still, there are a few within easy reach that are worth checking out for their remarkably clean sands and clear waters. Most beaches here are public but feature a paid private section which encourages guests to fork over a nominal fee to use the facilities. 

Which Beaches Are Available?

You will discover an abundance of beaches to choose from in and around the area. You can click on specific beach names for a detailed review of that particular beach.

Orange Bay Beach West

Gunboat Beach: Once a thriving atmosphere, this beach has declined rapidly with pollution and neglect and swimming in the waters is no longer recommended.

A second place that beach-goers can consider is Lime Cay. Located off Kingston Harbour, the waters here are clear and unpolluted, and offer excellent swimming conditions. It makes for an amazing spot for bathing and watersports.

Cable Hut Beach: Cable Hut Beach is one mile east of Bull Bay, a short drive off a side road from Norman Manley Boulevard.

The beaches in and around Kingston are listed directly below.

Beaches In and Around Kingston
Name Location Coast
Brooks Pen Beach 1.6 mi. South West of Central Harbour View East
Buff Bay Buff Bay East
Cable Hut Beach 3.7 mi. East-Southeast of Central Harbour View East
Fort Clarence Hellshire South East
Gunboat Beach 3.7 mi. West-Southwest of Central Harbour View East
Hellshire Beach Hellshire South East
Lime Cay The vicinity of Kingston South East
Maiden Cay Beach 3.9 mi. Southeast of Central Portmore South East
Orange Bay Beach West 3.4 mi. East of Central Buff Bay East
Spring Garden Beach 1.7 mi. East of Central Buff Bay East

Fortunately, Kingston has other attraction types. For more information on other attractions for Kingston, read this article.


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