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 edge of Jamaica. You should consider stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Active couples and families who like relaxing among the crowds and doing a bit of people-watching won't have trouble fitting in at Mallards Beach.

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.

Lots of visitors here find that the on-site snack bar is just fine for lunch. On some days, it may be possible to try local specialties from one of the local vendors who typically set up shop here.

Unfortunately, you won't find any public restrooms along this coastline, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Luckily, lounging chairs will be available for use to visitors looking for a peaceful spot to relax in. 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 plus its offerings for comforts are found well within a popular area that can get crowded. If busy-beaches are not something you want, there is an appropriate idea to make plans and beat the crowds, for example heading to the beach in the morning. If you come later, you possibly run the risk of all of the services being unavailable.

What's Nearby


You'll find this beach on Jamaica's North East coast; the area hosts attractions such as Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios, which is one of the most conveniently accessible attractions.

Being able to choose from some activities besides the beach will ensure you won't run out of ways to stay busy. The closest attractions are found in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Mallards Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 0.7 mi. SW Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.0 mi. SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Mallards Beach is very close to Ocho Rios, so you can explore the city after your visit to the beach. The closest town is Ocho Rios, which is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the shore, Ocho Rios is just up the road, roughly less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The number of other people sharing spots in the sand can vary widely, depending on time of day, season, and how full nearby hotel rooms are. You can generally expect to encounter a fair number of vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is in a relatively popular vacation area, it typically isn't all that tough to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you and your party are hoping to find a place that's on or near the beach, the table below shows the closest accommodations 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
Marine View Hotel 0.3 mi. W Hotel
Harmony Hall 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
Sandals Ochi 0.8 mi. E Resort


When lunchtime rolls around and you start getting hungry, you'll have some great cuisine to choose from, so there's no need to go too far from the shore. One of the closest restaurants is Bibibip's Bar & Grill. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Jamaican menu items. Many guests rave about their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant since it's not far off the beach at all.

A list of nearby restaurants is shown below.

Restaurants near Mallards Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Bibibip's Bar & Grill (876) 974-8759 Caribbean, Jamaican Very Casual 0.1 mi. SW
Almond Tree Restaurant (876) 974-2813 Eclectic Informal 0.2 mi. W
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
Passage to India (876) 795-3182 Indian Informal 0.6 mi. SW
Fusion Restaurant and Bar (800) 971-5100 Jamaican Informal 0.7 mi. WSW
San-Mar Cafe (876) 795-1024 -- -- 0.7 mi. SW
The Reef Terrace Restaurant (888) 726-3257 Caribbean Informal 0.7 mi. E
John Crow's Tavern (876) 974-5895 American Very Casual 0.8 mi. SW
Mongoose Jamaica (876) 622-6942 International, Jamaican Informal 0.8 mi. SW
The Jerk Hut -- Jamaican Very Casual 0.8 mi. SW
Coconuts On The Bay Restaurant & Bar (876) 795-0064 International, Jamaican -- 0.9 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

There are multiple beaches to discover in Jamaica, of course, so perhaps you can explore more than one.

If the active mood at Mallards Beach has you wanting more of the same, think about also visiting Steer Town Beach, another destination with a good amount of excitement. It is located four miles to the west. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Grande Beach is an area which doesn't host as many visitors.

You may also want to consider Dunn's River Beach, which is located three miles to the west. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

You may find that Mallards Beach is a great fit for your vacation, but maybe you want to see more; if so, there are other beaches and natural attractions in Jamaica you might like.


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