Mallards Beach

Patrons of Mallards Beach can mingle with other beachgoers while enjoying the festive atmosphere of this shore. The sands of Mallard Beach are open to the public, but many hotels claim the beach to be their own. Overall, hotels are generally welcoming to all kinds of beachgoers.

Located in Ocho Rios, less than a hundred yards east-northeast of downtown Ocho Rios, Mallards Beach is on the North East coast of Jamaica. You might want even if you aren't staying in the vicinity. Mallards Beach is the type of attraction that is a must-see for guests of nearby hotels and resorts, and there's lots to see, do, and eat - it's certainly one of the most popular beaches, but this could be right up your alley.

How to Access The Beach
You'll find the beach in western Ocho Rio. It is easily accessible by car.

Amenities and Ambiance

Mallards Beach is located in the center of Ocho Rios. This narrow stretch of ivory sand goes eastward, and its backdrop is dominated by area hotels. The waters are a mesmerizing turquoise.

The concession stand located here is another lunchtime alternative. You might also have the option to order lunch from one of the local vendors who operate at or near this spot.

Unfortunately, restrooms will not be available here, which is something to consider if you plan to spend a full day in the sun. For those who don't want to get too sandy while you're soaking up the rays, visitors can enjoy the use of lounge chairs at this location. Because this beach is frequented by a multitude of cruise ship passengers as well as guests of nearby hotels, these shores are often over-crowded. If you want to get to know people, this a great place to meet new people while visiting Jamaica.

Mallards Beach including its conveniences will be found inside an active, busy area. With this in mind, if you think the amenities can make or break a good time, it is an appropriate reason to come in the morning before most of the crowds fill up or perhaps even going to a more secluded beach in a more remote area. Otherwise, you might risk all of the services becoming too busy.

What's Nearby

Attractions

This beach is positioned on Jamaica's North East coast. It is near some interesting sites like Dolphin Discovery, which is situated two and a half miles to the west, and it is one of a number of favorite destinations in the area.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Mallards Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Dolphin Discovery Zoo 2.3 mi. W Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.0 mi. SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

The town of Ocho Rios is close-by and is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Ocho Rios is just up the road, about less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).

Hotels

The number of other vacationers sharing this coastline can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. Typically, you can expect to see a fair amount of travelers staying at the closest accommodations.

Since the beach is in a fairly touristed area, it is not typically that tough to find the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are wanting to book a place that's on or near the beach, the following table shows the closest options to Mallards Beach.

Accommodations near Mallards Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Hibiscus Lodge 0.2 mi. W Resort
Silver Seas 0.2 mi. WSW Hotel
Hermosa Cove 0.3 mi. E Villa complex
Marine View Hotel 0.3 mi. W Hotel
Te Moana Cottages 0.4 mi. E Cottages
Village Hotel 0.5 mi. WSW Hotel
Moon Palace Jamacia Grande 0.5 mi. W Resort
Rooms On The Beach 0.7 mi. WSW Hotel
Pineapple Court Hotel 0.7 mi. SW Hotel
SandCastles Resort 0.7 mi. WSW Hotel

Food

If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, you'll have many local dishes to choose from at nearby establishments. Almond Tree Restaurant is one of the closest eateries. This restaurant serves delicious eclectic cuisine. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes as it's not far off the beach at all.

Restaurants closest to this beach are shown in the table below.

Restaurants near Mallards Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 0.2 mi. WSW
Reggae Pot Rastarant (876) 296-3591 Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegan Very Casual 0.2 mi. SW
Pizza King (765) 289-3321 Italian -- 0.3 mi. WSW
Miss T's Kitchen (876) 795-0099 Caribbean, Vegetarian Informal 0.4 mi. WSW
Mom's (876) 974-2811 Jamaican Very Casual 0.4 mi. SW
Island Grill Ocho Rios (876) 974-3160 Jamaican Very Casual 0.5 mi. WSW
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 0.5 mi. WSW
Taste Of India (876) 622-7740 Indian Informal 0.6 mi. SW
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 0.6 mi. SW
Mama Marley's (876) 974-0197 International Informal 0.6 mi. WSW
Jam-Fusion Restaurant (876) 830-6213 Jamaican Informal 0.7 mi. WSW
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual 0.8 mi. SW

Other Beaches

Of course, there are more fantastic beaches besides Mallards Beach in Jamaica.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Mallards Beach is what you're looking for, think about also visiting Steer Town Beach, a spot with the same type of electricity. You'll find it four miles to the west. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Grande Beach is a beach removed from some more heavily-traveled spots.

You might also want to visit Dunn's River Beach, located within a short distance. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

Mallards Beach could be the ideal stretch of sand, but it is possible that it may not be the best choice for your family; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.

 

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