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Fort Clarence Beach Park Gets Makeover

The 16 hectare Fort Clarence Beach Park in Hellshire, St. Catherine is popular for family fun days and picnics.

It is one of the few black sand beaches in Jamaica and is a popular location for visitors to Jamaica who are looking for that perfect mix of natural beauty, fun, and local culture.

fort-clarence-beachThe beach is within close proximity to the capital Kingston and is cited near the city of Portmore, in St. Catherine, the second most populous and the most rapidly growing parish.

It also lies just 5.6 miles from Fort Charles on the island’s southeastern coast.

For travelers looking to see the natural and historic sites of Jamaica, Fort Clarence beach is near several exciting attractions. These include the Royal Botanic Gardens, located 14.4 miles to the northeast of Fort Clarence, and historical landmarks like Devon House.

Today, Jamaica is seeking to up the ante on the development of its tourism product, thus the Urban Development Corporation (UDC) is set to commence upgrades to the Fort Clarence Beach Park.

The $15 million project marks the start of phase 1 of the upgrade which should last four months.

The UDC manages the Fort Clarence Beach Park, which is among the most popular beaches in southeastern Jamaica.

The upgrade is expected to improve the overall experience of patrons and staff and enhance the economic viability of its operations.

Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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