Taking a road trip can be a thrilling and exciting way to explore new places and create unforgettable memories. The open road offers a sense of freedom and adventure and allows you to escape the monotonous routine of daily life. I love a good road trip and a trip to the beach is always welcome. It is no secret that one of my favourite places to be is by the sea. On my last road trip, we already had a destination in mind and that destination was Mahogany Beach.
Mahogany Beach is a sort of hidden gem located in Ocho Rios, Jamaica that offers a perfect getaway for those looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. This breathtaking beach is known for its crystal clear waters and powdery white sand. It's the perfect place to unwind, relax, and soak up the sun.
Finding this beach was an adventure on its own. We were navigating using Google Maps; somehow, that lady didn't lead us astray this time. We still missed the sign and I say missed because I don't quite remember if there was one. When Google advised us that we arrived we were looking for a sign or anything that said "Mahogany Beach", we saw no such sign and drove past the turn-off. We had to stop and get directions from some locals and when it comes to Jamaicans and giving directions iykyk. We turned back and slowly headed in the direction from which we came and stopped again to confirm the directions since we still didn't see what we were looking for.
Eventually, we made it to the Caribbean Condominiums sign which marked the turn-off. Once we made the turn we continued down and then took the left just before reaching what appeared to be a gated area marked 'private property'. The left turn took us to the Mahogany Beach parking area, which was a short walk away from the entrance to the beach.
At the time of our visit, the entry fee to the beach was $500 JM per adult. Upon entering, the sweet sounds of reggae music along with a pleasant hostess greeted us. She then showed us to a cabana with beach chairs that did not come at an additional cost. She gave us a few menus for the bar and grill on the property and advised us of the payment options if we decided to dine. We arrived before noon and, aside from a few other beachgoers, had the beach to ourselves.
N.B. The restaurant prices are quoted in USD and it does not accept credit or debit card payments. The available options include; cash, Zelle or Cash App and bank transfers in some instances.
Things to do at Mahogany Beach
For those looking to relax, Mahogany Beach is a great spot for wading and lounging on the beach. The water is clear and shallow, making it easy to see beneath its surface and we easily spotted a few schools of fish. If you're feeling adventurous, try your hand at one of the many water activities offered, such as jet skiing or kayaking. These activities attract additional charges. There is also said to be a cave for which you can receive a guided tour for an additional cost.
We made the most of having the beach to ourselves for a little while by swimming (or in my case trying to swim), taking photos and having a few laughs. As the day wore on we contemplated whether or not we wanted to dine at the restaurant. After scrutinizing the menu for a bit we opted to go to Margaritaville to dine instead. This beach is also a loading spot for Catamaran tours and by the time we were ready to leave it was teeming with tourists.
In conclusion, Mahogany Beach is a must-visit destination for anyone looking to escape for the day. Whether you want to relax, explore, or simply soak up the beauty of the Caribbean Sea, you won't be disappointed by what this stunning beach has to offer. There isn't much of a changing facility available and the small cubicle sizes in the bathroom make getting changed a challenge so wearing your swimwear under your clothes would be ideal. Outside of this I'd recommend a visit to Mahogany Beach.
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