Brooks Pen Beach

Along a thin stretch of highway headed out towards the airport is Brooks Pen Beach. If you're heading out of Jamaica and back to your every-day, beachless life, this beach serves as a great place to park and enjoy one last glimpse of island sand and sea.

Set in the vicinity of Kingston, 1.6 miles south west of Harbour View, Brooks Pen Beach is on the East edge of Jamaica. You should think about stopping by even if you aren't staying very close. Travelers looking for a spot that's a little out of the way, but still active, might enjoy stopping by Brooks Pen Beach for a few hours. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's also not completely secluded.

How to Access The Beach
Brooks Pen Beach can be accessed by leaving Harbour View and heading towards the Norman Manley International Airport. Halfway there, you'll find a sand parking ground to pull off onto.

Amenities and Ambiance

Backed by a busy road, the white to grey sandy shore serves as a welcome reprieve from a cramped car. A handful of tropical trees dot the coast, which is constantly awash with bright blue waves.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location.

Brooks Pen Beach grants an idyllic and relaxing place to escape, due to the fact that the area surrounding the beach is far from urbanized.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on the East coast of Jamaica; the area is home to other attractions such as Harbour View Stadium, which is a mile and a half away.

Historic attractions, including St. Peter's Church, offer the perfect compliment to an afternoon at Brooks Pen Beach, and give visitors the opportunity to learn more about Jamaica's past, if you are interested in exploring.

Beaches are one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Jamaica. The following chart includes some other attractions close-by.

Activities and Attractions Near Brooks Pen Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Harbour View Stadium Sporting Event Venue 1.7 NE Jamaica
Bank of Jamaica Money Museum Museum 3.8 WNW Jamaica
National Gallery of Jamaica Art Museum 4.1 WNW Jamaica
Studio174 Art Gallery 4.3 WNW Jamaica
Jamaica National Stadium Sporting Event Venue 4.7 NNW Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Brooks Pen Beach is very close to Kingston, so exploring the city is a convenient option. Brooks Pen Beach visitors hoping to find additional places to explore might want to consider heading to Kingston, because it's nearby and is a particularly busy area of Jamaica. From Brooks Pen Beach, Kingston is located roughly six miles (ten kilometers) away.

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, it depends mainly on when you visit, and how many hotel rooms have been booked nearby. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller accommodations in the area.

Because the beach is located in a fairly touristed area, it is not usually a great challenge to find a hotel nearby that suits you tastes. If you're wanting to find a place that's on or near the ocean, the following table lists the accommodations closest to Brooks Pen Beach.

Accommodations near Brooks Pen Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Mona Visitor's Lodge 4.2 N Hotel
Forres Park 5.0 NW Hotel
Altamont Court Hotel 5.4 NW Hotel

Food

If someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest restaurants is M10 Bar and Grill. This restaurant offers a menu of eclectic cuisine. They are also known for their family fare. The restaurant is reasonably close, so hailing a cab is a convenient way to get there.

The following table lists nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Brooks Pen Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
M10 Bar and Grill (876) 930-2112 Eclectic Informal 3.9 mi. NW
Swiss Stores Cafe (876) 922-8050 International Informal 4.0 mi. WNW
F&B DownTown (876) 922-1109 Asian, Italian, Jamaican Informal 4.0 mi. WNW
KFC Ring Road -- American Very Casual 4.5 mi. N
Island Grill Kingston (876) 754-3794 Jamaican Very Casual 5.0 mi. NW

Other Beaches

Brooks Pen Beach isn't the only beach worth checking out in Jamaica.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Hellshire Beach, located within the range of a cab. 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.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Brooks Pen Beach is both a beautiful natural attraction, and a fun hangout spot.

 

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