Gunboat Beach

Gunboat Beach, although not a place to swim, has many different amenities that cater to the mainly local crowd who turn out on the weekends. Visitors can enjoy live music and entertainment, numerous food stands, and adequate changing rooms and restrooms. In addition, lots of security is always around for your safety and for additional information.

Set in the vicinity of Kingston, 3.7 miles west-southwest of Harbour View, Gunboat Beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You might want regardless of whether you're staying in the immediate vicinity. It's often said that Gunboat Beach is one of the best spots for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Most other beaches in Jamaica may be just as pretty, but are usually more crowded since they're found in the most popular parts of town.

How to Access The Beach

The area is found right next to the Norman Manley International Airport along the Norman Manley Hwy.

Amenities and Ambiance

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

Of course, you could always try the shoreside restaurant right on Gunboat Beach, which is the ultimate convenience for beachgoers. There are so many unique restaurants in Jamaica, but don't think that tables, chairs, and waiters are prerequisites for a great meal. Many visitors, in fact, would sooner enjoy lunch on the sand, than lunch at a full-service restaurant. So, you may wish to consider getting pre-packed lunches from your hotel if they offer them. Or, it would be easy to grab some hot food from a street vendor or casual cafe along the way.

There is also a concession stand available. You might also have the option to order lunch from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Lots of visitors make use of the picnic tables at Gunboat Beach, where you can park your belongings for the afternoon, or set up a quick lunch.

You will be able to use a public restroom at Gunboat Beach. Extremely popular with the locals on weekends, Gunboat Beach draws a mainly local crowd with fine facilities and live music. Hanging out along the shore is a great way to meet the residents in this area.

Visitors who might be planning to utilize the conveniences offered here are in luck; Gunboat Beach is found in an area that usually doesn't see many crowds. And as such, the availability of certain facilities shouldn't be negatively affected.

What's Nearby


Gunboat Beach is beautiful natural attraction, which you'll find on the East coast of Jamaica. It is near some interesting sites like Bank of Jamaica Money Museum, which is located two and a half miles away, and it is among the the area's interesting attractions.

If you want to learn more about the history of Jamaica, there are plenty of places where you can learn first-hand about the country's past. For example, you might enjoy a visit to St. Peter's Church, which is one of the closest places of historical significance to Gunboat Beach.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never get bored. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Gunboat Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Bank of Jamaica Money Museum Museum 2.4 mi. NW Jamaica
National Gallery of Jamaica Art Museum 2.6 mi. NW Jamaica
Studio174 Art Gallery 2.7 mi. NW Jamaica
Harbour View Stadium Sporting Event Venue 3.8 mi. ENE Jamaica
Trench Town Culture Yard Museum Museum 3.9 mi. NW Jamaica
St. Peter's Church Historical Site 4.2 mi. NNW Jamaica
Vegas Gaming Kingston Gambling Arcade 4.4 mi. NNW Jamaica
Jamaica National Stadium Sporting Event Venue 4.5 mi. N Jamaica
National Indoor Arena Sporting Event Venue 4.6 mi. N Jamaica
Fort Charles Museum 4.7 mi. W Jamaica
Theater Place Dinner Show and Theater 4.7 mi. N Jamaica
Port Royal Historical Site 4.7 mi. W Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Gunboat Beach is close to Kingston, so walking the city is a definite option. Guests visiting Gunboat Beach who are seeking a little additional excitement should think about going to Kingston, since it's close-by and is an active, busy area. From Gunboat Beach, Kingston is a car ride off, about five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, it depends on many factors: the time of sundown, happy hour, even how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Vacationers hoping to find a place to stay close to the beach shouldn't find it very tough, as there are lots of hotels and resorts to pick from in the area. You will find the closest, most convenient lodging options by viewing what's shown in the following table.

Accommodations near Gunboat Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Villa Lilletha 4.2 mi. NNW Hotel
Match Resort Cottage -- -- Cottages
Forres Park 4.2 mi. NNW Hotel
Caribbean Villa Hotel Restaurant and Bar -- -- Hotel
Grand Port Royal Hotel 4.6 mi. W Hotel
Sunset Inn Hotel 4.7 mi. N Hotel
Mona Visitor's Lodge 4.8 mi. NNE Hotel
Altamont Court Hotel 4.8 mi. N Hotel
Roosevelt Guest House 4.8 mi. N Guest house
Courtleigh Hotel and Suites 4.8 mi. N Hotel


If you're on the beach and start to get the munchies, don't worry, you'll have plenty of places to dine, without having to go too far. One of the nearest places to eat is Swiss Stores Cafe. The restaurant features International cuisine. They're perhaps most famous, though, for their coffee and sandwiches. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are provided in the following table.

Restaurants near Gunboat Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Swiss Stores Cafe (876) 922-8050 International Informal 2.6 mi. NW
Domino's Downtown Kingston (876) 948-8222 Italian Very Casual -- --
Miss Bobs West Kingston Fast Food -- -- -- 3.3 mi. NW
M10 Bar and Grill (876) 930-2112 Eclectic Informal 3.4 mi. N
The Roundabout -- -- -- 3.5 mi. E
Cutty's -- -- -- 4.0 mi. NW
Scotch Bonnet Restaurant (876) 993-9629 American, Jamaican Informal -- --
Forres Park Restaurant (876) 927-8275 Jamaican Informal 4.2 mi. NNW
Island Grill Kingston (876) 754-3794 -- -- 4.3 mi. N
KFC Half Way -- American Very Casual 4.4 mi. N
Burger King - Odeon Ave. (876) 929-7997 American Very Casual 4.4 mi. N
Gloria's -- -- -- 4.8 mi. W

Other Beaches

Travelers searching for the perfect beach in Jamaica will have lots of options besides Gunboat Beach.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Maiden Cay Beach, located a short taxi ride away. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Lime Cay could provide more action, and isn't far from other tourist hot-spots. It's located three and a half miles to the west-southwest.

You may also enjoy Brooks Pen Beach, which is located within a short distance.

Jamaica has plenty to offer its visitors, and Gunboat Beach is just one of the many options.


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