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Maho Bay

Maho Bay

Free admission
St John

The Basics

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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Recent reviews from experiences in St John

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So many turtles!
Megan_C, Aug 2021
St. Thomas Maho Bay Turtle Snorkel Sail - Ritz-Carlton
So many turtles! And some stingrays too. The boat and crew were wonderful. We were well fed and had an open bar.
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Wonderful way to spend the day!
Heidi_S, Feb 2021
St. Thomas Maho Bay Turtle Snorkel Sail - Ritz-Carlton
Paul, Walt and Captain Anna were fantastic and very hard working. They have upbeat, cheerful and friendly personalities that made the trip feel like we were hanging out with friends. Beautiful, clean boat and facilities. Wonderful food and drinks. Highly recommend.
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Best day ever !
Alexandra_C, Mar 2021
St. Thomas Maho Bay Turtle Snorkel Sail - Ritz-Carlton
Our original trip through another company got cancelled last minute and we were so lucky to find this one. Beautiful scenery, fun snorkeling, and delicious food and drinks! The staff was great too! We had an amazing time!

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.
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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.

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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.

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Wildcard

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.

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