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 are not staying in the vicinity. Mallards Beach is the type of attraction where everyone from families to honeymooners congregate, and there is plenty of beach action to keep them busy - this beach is definitely not for someone seeking peace and quiet, but could be just right for you.

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.

Many visitors find themselves ordering a drink or snack from the concessions here, even if they move off-site for lunch. You might also have the option to get lunch from one of the local vendors who typically set up on this shoreline.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so if you're visiting with small children you might want to consider a different location. Conveniently, visitors will have access to lounge chairs at this spot. 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 as well as its offerings for amenities are of course located within a major tourist area. If throngs of people are something you want to avoid, there is a smart idea to think ahead to beat all the other tourists, perhaps having your beach visit for a breakfast picnic and cool swim. If you arrive later, you could miss the opportunity to completely enjoy all those comforts which the beach has to offer.

What's Nearby

Attractions

You'll find this beach on Jamaica's North East coast. It is near Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios, which is one of a few the area's interesting attractions.

If a visit to the Mallards Beach isn't enough to keep you busy all afternoon, the following table shows the closest options.

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

Ocho Rios is nearby and is a region with interesting things to do, yet is never overly congested. From Mallards Beach, Ocho Rios isn't far off, roughly less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).

Hotels

The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on time of day, season, and how many of the nearby hotel rooms have been booked. You can typically expect to encounter quite a few vacationers who are staying in the area.

Because this beach is in a pretty popular vacation area, it is not typically that difficult to find exactly the kind of hotel you're looking for close-by. If you are wanting to find a place that's near the beach, the following table lists the accommodation options closest 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 Grande Rivera 0.8 mi. E Resort

Food

If you're looking for a place to eat after, or even during, your visit to the beach, there are lots of nearby options when it comes to dining. One of the closest restaurants is Bibibip's Bar & Grill. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Jamaican cuisines. They have become well-known, however, because of their seafood. When you start to get hungry, you won't need to wait too long to eat as it's just a short distance away.

Nearby restaurants are provided in the following table.

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

Vacationers in search of the perfect beach will have lots of choices besides Mallards Beach.

If the exciting vibe at Mallards Beach is one of the features you love, consider checking out Steer Town Beach, a beach with a similar ambiance. It is located four miles to the west. If it's solitude and tranquility you're seeking, Grande Beach is a beach which doesn't see as many crowds.

Another sun-drenched spot to consider is Dunn's River Beach, which is located only a short distance away. Dunn's River Beach offers vacationers the chance to get a bird's eye view of Jamaica from the top of its majestic falls.

While the area offers plenty of picturesque views and exciting attractions, Mallards Beach is both a relaxing, sunny hangout and a stunning natural feature.

 

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