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.

Positioned in the vicinity of Kingston, 3.7 miles west-southwest of Harbour View, Gunboat Beach is on the East coast of Jamaica. You might think about stopping by whether or not you're staying nearby. Not looking forward to staking out a spot at a busy beach? All the more reason you should find a beach that's a long way from the nearest major city; beautiful but out-of-the-way beaches like Gunboat Beach might not be typical "beach scenes", but are nice and private.

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 several types of dining experiences to be had 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? Otherwise, you could easily grab some of Jamaica's famous street food along the way.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. If available, you could also buy food from one of the mobile vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Lots of visitors make use of the picnic tables at Gunboat Beach, which are great for lunches or as a home base for your belongings.

You won't have to worry about finding a bathroom at Gunboat Beach because there are public restrooms. 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.

Off the beaten path, Gunboat Beach with its available amenities and services are bound to be a safe choice for anyone wishing to find a place away from all the other tourists, as it happens to be hiding inside a quiet area. So the availability of certain amenities shouldn't be negatively affected.

What's Nearby


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

If you want to discover more interesting facts about the history of Jamaica, there are nearby attractions where you can learn about their culture and traditions. One of the closest attractions of this sort is St. Peter's Church, which is one of the closest places of historical interest in the vicinity of Gunboat Beach.

The beach is one type of attraction you can visit, but there will be more options available in Jamaica. 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 is near Kingston, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. Gunboat Beach guests hoping to find a little additional excitement might think about making the trip to Kingston, which is nearby and is a particularly bustling part of Jamaica. From the shore, Kingston is a car ride off, about five and a half miles (nine kilometers) away.


How many other people you encounter at Gunboat Beach will vary depending on the time of day, particularly in the high season when hotels overflow with tourists. There aren't many large hotels nearby, but you may meet visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Visitors seeking a hotel room near Gunboat Beach should find themselves in luck, as there are plenty of hotels to choose from in the vicinity. You can find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by looking over those listed in the table below.

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 someone in your group starts to get a little hungry at the beach, it's alright because you'll have a variety of choices within a few miles. One of the nearest restaurants is Swiss Stores Cafe. This restaurant offers a menu of International food. Many guests rave about their coffee and sandwiches. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat since it's not far off the beach at all.

Nearby dining options are shown 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

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

Travelers who like this beach might also enjoy Maiden Cay Beach, found a short taxi ride away. On the other hand, Lime Cay offers more action, and is closer to nearby attractions. 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.

You may find that Gunboat Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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