Maho Bay

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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Scenery/View 
 
4.8
Water 
 
4.8
Shore/Sand 
 
4.8
Snorkeling 
 
4.8

Maho Bay is a long beautiful, white sand beach. It is close to the road so access is easy, however roadside parking is limited. Boaters often frequent Maho on weekends. The bay is calm and sheltered. Seagrass beds in this shallow bay provide food for green sea turtles, which are seen often in the early morning and late afternoons. The water is relatively shallow and deepens gradually making it great for children. Maho Bay is often sparsely populated on weekdays so finding a quiet spot for yourself is easy.

Beach Facilities

  • Swimming
  • Parking Available
  • National Park

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Maho Bay
Maho Bay
Maho Bay

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Located on the Northside

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The place for Sea Turtles!
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Scenery/View 
 
5.0
Water 
 
5.0
Shore/Sand 
 
5.0
Snorkeling 
 
5.0

We saw dozens of sea turtles here, just going about their business - they don't seem to notice the people snorkeling around them. This was a highlight of our trip! The sand in the water does have quite a bit of greenery growing in it, but this is what the turtles are eating - so if you want to see turtles, this is actually a perk! 

We saw tons of small fish swimming in schools and periodically the little fish would all start jumping out of the water together, obviously trying to escape being eaten by something bigger. This was a bit scary for 5 seconds and then cool as heck!! My kids were screaming with excitement! The seagulls would also dive down to catch a jumping fish (those poor guys were doomed above and below water!!) so it was chaos and everyone relished the moment. 

We also saw one small stingray going about his business along the bottom of the water.  Awesome memories! 

Beach is large and not too crowded. We took a taxi so can't really speak to parking. 

CF
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Great swimming beach
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5.0
Scenery/View 
 
5.0
Water 
 
5.0
Shore/Sand 
 
5.0
Snorkeling 
 
5.0

Maho is one of my favorite beaches on the island for simply swimming and playing in the waves. The view from the beach is stunning, the view from the water back toward to beach is tropical bliss.

The powder sand beaches are soft on your feet--no coral or urchins in the swimming area.

The beach area is long, not wide, so get there early to nab a good spot.

We went last spring with our teenaged kids and all four of us played in the water for three hours, just swimming and surfing the waves.

KP
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Maho Bay Eco Camp
Overall rating 
 
5.0
Scenery/View 
 
5.0
Water 
 
5.0
Shore/Sand 
 
5.0
Snorkeling 
 
5.0

Maho Bay Eco camp is a fantastic way to see St. John on a tight budget. My husband and I found our tent cabin to be extremely clean and quite comfortable. We had a beautiful view of Maho Bay from the hillside and we were only steps from the beautiful white beach. Aside from the beach being steps from our door we were able to enjoy a day sail/snorkel with some of the other guests. We even found great snorkeling right off the beach around the rocks. Maho is not for you if you are looking for 1st class. Being built on the side of a hill you do have to lug your bags up and down stairs. The laundry and store are also at the top of the hill as is the restaurant. Maho also recycles everything and everyone shares community bath houses. So if you are earth friendly, looking to see the sights on a budget and like friendly people. Give it a try and don't forget your flashlight!

MR
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Great kids beach...
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Scenery/View 
 
4.0
Water 
 
4.0
Shore/Sand 
 
4.0
Snorkeling 
 
4.0

Best Beach for kids on the island, no doubt. Have fun trying to park! Not as pretty as some of the other beaches on the island but it only takes about 10 mins to get over that. Why? It's still friggin beautiful & way less people venture past Cinnamon.

G
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Maho Bay Beach - My favorite
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5.0
Scenery/View 
 
5.0
Water 
 
5.0
Shore/Sand 
 
5.0
Snorkeling 
 
5.0

Limited parking means limited people. I love it!

DK
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