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.

Situated 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 even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Gunboat Beach stands out from other beaches because it's perfect for escaping over-crowded hangouts in the town proper. Most other beaches you'll come across in Jamaica may be just as breezy and refreshing, but are usually more cramped because they're frequented by tourists looking for a lively scene.

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.

Also, you have the option of trying the restaurant located right on Gunboat Beach. There are many types of dining experiences that vacationers can enjoy in Jamaica, but eating at the beach can be especially memorable. Did you know that some hotels are happy to pack picnic lunches for their guests? Or, you could find just what you need from cafes and street vendors en route to the beach.

The concession stand on-site could come in handy, even if you plan to have lunch elsewhere. Sometimes, visitors will be able to buy food from one of the local vendors who typically operate along this coastline.

Enjoy the use of picnic tables——a perk even for those who don't want to dine here.

Restrooms are available 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.

Secluded away, Gunboat Beach with its availability of amenities and services are bound to be a good choice for anyone that that are looking to be free from the crowded shores, since it is located inside a peaceful area. Because of this, the availability of certain amenities shouldn't be negatively affected.

What's Nearby


Visitors will find this beach on the East coast of Jamaica; the area hosts attractions such as Bank of Jamaica Money Museum, which is not very far away, so you may choose to walk to this destination, while some will prefer to take a cab.

Historical attractions such as St. Peter's Church offer a wonderful compliment to the scenery of Gunboat Beach, plus they allow vacationers to learn more about Jamaica, without venturing too far from the coast.

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 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 guests looking for additional places to explore might consider making the trip to Kingston, since it's in the vicinity and is an especially active area of Jamaica. From the beach, Kingston is found maybe five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on when you visit, and how packed the nearby hotels are. This spot is not near many large hotels, but it's sometimes enjoyed by guests staying at the few small lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is in a pretty popular vacation area, it usually isn't very difficult to find a hotel close-by that's to your taste. If you are hoping to book a place that's near the ocean, the table that follows lists the closest accommodations to Gunboat Beach.

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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you walk to a local restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into Jamaica's specialty dishes, without having to stray too far. Swiss Stores Cafe is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves delicious 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 just a little ways away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are included 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
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
Earl's Juice Garden (876) 754-2425 Vegetarian Very Casual 4.8 mi. N

Other Beaches

Visitors looking for a beach that's right for them will have lots of choices besides Gunboat Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Maiden Cay Beach, located a brief car or taxi trip away. But, if you're interested in a more active beach, you might enjoy people watching at Lime Cay. It's found three and a half miles to the west-southwest.

Travelers may also want to consider Brooks Pen Beach, which is located two miles away.

Perhaps Gunboat Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should find a beach with a seclusion factor that suits you.


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