Maho Bay

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Located on the island of St. John and tucked away in the Virgin Islands National Park area, Maho Bay provides a beautiful beach experience with absolutely no development. Cars can drive directly onto the beach, where the water from the bay is consistently shallow and calm.

Located on the island of St. John, You might think about stopping by regardless of whether you're staying particularly close by. Maho Bay stands out because it's the ideal location for getting away from vacation stresses, like overly crowded restaurants and attractions. Most other beaches you'll come across in the Virgin Islands may be just as pretty, but are usually busier since they're located by some of the most popular tourist areas in town.

How to Access The Beach
Access to Maho Bay is provided by the Virgin Islands National Park and thus require guests to go through the main entrance. North Shore Road goes directly to the beach area, where guests can park on the beach or on the side of the road.

Amenities and Ambiance

Maho Bay Beach, off of Northshore Rd. on St. John, is a sandy beach with great swimming and snorkeling opportunities. Popular with travelers, the view from here is stunning - filled with fantastic tropical foilage, panoramic island vistas, and the nearby Maho Bay Camps and their colorful hillside tents. Groves of coconut palms line the shoreline, while beautiful green trees provide privacy.

The snack bar located at this spot is perfect for quick lunches and cold drinks, too. Depending on the season and time of day, you may also be able to buy some food from one of the mobile vendors who are generally found here.

Perhaps the most convenient amenity here: picnic tables.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. Most of the people who travel to this beach also stay in the campground or on the hillside at the Maho Bay Camps, usually creating a crowd tourists, families, and couples. This beach has a tendency to get very crowded, especially in the high tourist season.

Keep in mind that the region in which Maho Bay is located is an urban area, meaning the availability of certain amenities is likely to be affected.

What's Nearby


Beachgoers will find Maho Bay on the North West coast of St. John. It's located near America Hill Ruins, which is seen a quarter mile to the south west, and it is one of a number of attractions close-by.

If you're interested in mixing some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should consider a trip to Ivan Jadan Museum, one of the closest museums, so it could be a welcomed alternative to hot afternoon activities.

With a selection of nearby activities, you'll never run out of things to do. The following table contains a list of nearby attractions.

Activities and Attractions Near Maho Bay
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
America Hill Ruins Historical Site 0.3 mi. SW St. John
Windberg Ruins Historical Site 0.4 mi. E St. John
Cinnamon Bay Plantation Ruins Historical Site 0.6 mi. WSW St. John
Fredriksdal Plantation Ruins Historical Site 0.7 mi. ENE St. John
Fredriksdal Ruins Historical Site 0.7 mi. ENE St. John
Annaberg Plantation Historical Site 1.1 mi. ENE St. John
Catherineberg Ruins Historical Site 1.3 mi. SW St. John
Petroglyphs Historical Site 1.7 mi. S St. John
Par Force Estate Ruins Historical Site 1.8 mi. S St. John
Reef Bay Sugar Factory Ruins Historical Site 1.9 mi. S St. John
Denis Bay Ruins Historical Site 2.0 mi. W St. John
Rebellion Gut Historical Site 2.0 mi. SW St. John

Cities and Towns

Cities near Maho Bay include Coral Bay, which is a fairly rural area, but it will be a nice day out for those hoping to get a taste of the local scene. From the beach, Coral Bay is a fairly short distance away, maybe two miles (three and a half kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter many other people will depend on many factors, including the capacity of nearby hotels. The beach is not located close to many large hotels, but you may meet visitors from some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

You'll find a decent selection of lodgings within a car's reach. A few of the more convenient choices are displayed in the table below.

Accommodations near Maho Bay
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Trinidad Charlie's Cottages 2.8 mi. SW Lodge
Caneel Bay Resort 2.8 mi. WSW Resort
The Westin St. John Resort 3.4 mi. SW Resort
Estate Lindholm 3.5 mi. WSW B & B
Inn at Tamarind Court 3.5 mi. WSW Hotel
St. John Inn 3.6 mi. SW Hotel
Cruz Bay Boutique Hotel 3.7 mi. WSW Hotel
Hillcrest Guesthouse 3.7 mi. SW Guest house
Garden by the Sea 3.8 mi. SW B & B
Coconut Coast 3.9 mi. SW Hotel


A hot day at the beach will have you craving more than just a cocktail; no beach day is complete until you walk to a nearby restaurant, where you can get a taste of the local fare, without going too far from the coast. One of the nearest places to eat is T'ree Lizards Restaurant. This restaurant serves both American and Caribbean dishes on the menu. You and your group can get to this restaurant and start eating in just a few minutes since it's just a little ways away.

The table below provides a list of nearby restaurants.

Restaurants near Maho Bay
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
T'ree Lizards Restaurant (340) 776-6330 American, Caribbean Very Casual 0.6 mi. WSW
Chateau Bordeaux Restaurant (340) 776-6611 Caribbean Informal 0.9 mi. SE
Pickles in Paradise (340) 693-5140 American Very Casual -- --
Coral Bay Caribbean Oasis (340) 774-1030 Caribbean, Soul Food, Vegetarian Very Casual 2.2 mi. ESE
Aqua Bistro (340) 776-5336 Caribbean, International Informal 2.2 mi. ESE
Indigo Grill (340) 774-4433 Caribbean Very Casual 2.2 mi. E
Coral Bay Cones -- Eclectic Very Casual 2.2 mi. E
Skipper's Brit Pub (340) 777-4653 British, Caribbean Informal 2.3 mi. ESE
Skinny Legs (340) 779-4982 American Very Casual 2.3 mi. E
Gwen's (340) 642-0338 Caribbean Very Casual 2.4 mi. SW
Shipwreck Landing Restaurant & Bar (340) 693-5640 American, Caribbean Informal 2.7 mi. SE
ZoZo's Ristorante (340) 693-9200 Italian Fine Dining 2.7 mi. WSW

Other Beaches

Maho Bay is just one of many beaches you can visit on St. John.

If you like the ambiance at this beach, you might also like Great Cruz Beach, found a short taxi ride away. If you're on the lookout for more active and social, you might find that Francis Bay Beach is just right. It's found a half mile to the north.

You might also want to visit Scott Beach, located two and a half miles to the west.

The Virgin Islands has a lot to offer its visitors, but visiting Maho Bay or the other beautiful beaches in the area can make your time in the Virgin Islands even more memorable.


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