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.

Positioned 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 should consider stopping by whether or not you are staying nearby. While there are certainly more secluded beaches in Jamaica than Mallards Beach, it has just the right mix of intimacy and atmosphere to attract small crowds.

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. Sometimes, visitors will be able to purchase food from one of the local vendors who are generally found here.

Please note that public restrooms are not available, which is something to consider if you're bringing the kids, or plan to spend all day outside. Conveniently, guests will have access to 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.

However, make sure you realize that while there exists some forms of comforts on-site at Mallards Beach, it happens to be located within an area popular among tourist. Taking that into consideration, if you think the amenities affect whether you'll visit, naturally, it's a smart motivator to show up early in the day before the crowds or going to a beach away from the major areas. Or you could possibly be unable to use all those comforts that this beach offers its guests.

What's Nearby


Travelers will find Mallards Beach on the North East coast of Jamaica; the area is home to other attractions such as Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino, which is a half mile away.

If you're interested in combining culture with your visit to the beach, you might want to consider visiting Coyaba River Garden and Museum. This museum is located only a brief walk or taxi ride away, giving beachgoers the chance to escape that hot midday sunshine.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Mallards Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Sunset Jamaica Grande Casino Slot Machine Arcade 0.5 mi. W Jamaica
Wassi Art Pottery Works Art Gallery 0.5 mi. WSW Jamaica
Treasure Hunt Ocho Rios Casino 0.7 mi. SW Jamaica
Coyaba River Garden and Museum Museum 1.7 mi. SSW Jamaica
Mystic Mountain Amusement/Theme Park 1.9 mi. W Jamaica
Sandals Golf and Country Club Golf Course 3.0 mi. SE Jamaica

Cities and Towns

Mallards Beach is near Ocho Rios, so you can explore the city as part of your day at the beach. The nearby town of Ocho Rios is not an overly urbanized area, but still has its fair share of things to do. From the coast, Ocho Rios is not far away, roughly less than a mile (a kilometer and a half).


The crowdedness of the shoreline can vary widely, depending on everything from the time of day to how full the nearby hotels are. You can typically expect to share the sand with more than a few visitors from lodgings in the area.

Because this beach is in a fairly popular vacation spot, it usually isn't very difficult to find a hotel nearby that suits your needs. For visitors hoping to book a place that's on or near the water, the table below shows the closest accommodation 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
Marine View Hotel 0.3 mi. W Hotel
Harmony Hall 0.4 mi. E Cottages
Village Hotel 0.5 mi. WSW Hotel
Moon Palace Jamaica 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


A trip to the beach isn't complete until you enjoy a meal at a nearby restaurant, where you can sample regional favorites, without having to go far. One of the nearest restaurants is Bibibip's Bar & Grill. The restaurant offers both Caribbean and Jamaican dishes on the menu. They're also renowned for their seafood. You could take a cab or probably walk to this restaurant as it's only a short distance away.

Restaurants closest to this beach are 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

Travelers searching for the perfect beach will have other options if Mallards Beach doesn't suit their tastes.

If the vibrant atmosphere of Mallards Beach is one of the features you love, consider heading to Steer Town Beach, another location where you'll find fun and action. It is located four miles to the west. If you'd rather try a more private, less popular location, you might enjoy Grande Beach.

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

Of course, Jamaica has hundreds of natural wonders to discover, but visiting Mallards Beach or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in Jamaica even more memorable.


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