Maho Beach ranks among the most accessible on the island, making it popular with families. The sandy bottom extends out quite far, and palm trees offer plenty of shade. At the eastern end of the beach hikers can wander along the Goat Trail, which leads to Maho Bay Eco-Camps, a pretty enclave of tent cabins. Most sailing tours and snorkeling excursions will stop at Maho Bay, where it’s possible to spot green sea turtles in the seagrass beds, as well as angel fish and octopus along the coral reef.
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Things to Know Before You Go
- Maho Bay is a must-visit for families, snorkelers, and first time visitors.
- Remember to bring swimming gear, a towel, and reef-safe sunscreen.
- Beach facilities include bathrooms and a covered picnic pavilion with grills.
How to Get There
Maho Bay is on Route 20 (North Shore Road) about 5 miles (8 km) outside Cruz Bay. There are two parking areas near the beach for those with a car, but it’s also common to visit on a guided tour of the island.
When to Get There
The best time to visit Maho Bay is between April and June, when the weather is warm and dry and peak season crowds have dispersed. Winter swells can reduce visibility for snorkeling.
America Hill Great House For the best photo-worthy view of Maho Bay, lace up your hiking shoes for the short and steep climb up the Cinnamon Bay and America Hill trails to the ruins of a nineteenth century great house. From the top, you can look out at Maho and Francis Bays, and Mary Point all the way to Tortola.