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Maho Bay Camps

St. John, US Virgin Islands

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Why Stay At Maho Bay Camps

Solar-powered showers, pottery classes in the on-site studio, potent rum-punch cocktails, and one of the best views on St. John create a castaway vibe with just the right amount of luxe in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Scoop

Thirty-five years ago, before "green" became a de rigueur byword in hotel design, Maho Bay Camps was established when a clutch of permanent platform tents went up on a jungle hillside overlooking St. John's secluded Maho Bay. The emphasis was on the area's staggering beauty, not on resort frills, and the outpost quickly developed a cult following. Today the hippie-chic ethos still prevails, and additional tents have brought the total up to 114. As has been true from the beginning, all the property's structures are connected by elevated wooden walkways to protect the natural fauna and impact the environment as little as possible. Each tent is furnished with a twin or queen bed, plus a sitting area and primitive "kitchen" complete with ice chest, propane stove, and basic kit of pots and pans. Staples can be purchased at the well-stocked camp store, or grab a table on the open-air main deck and opt instead for the café's just-caught grilled mahimahi as you watch the ocean gently lap the shore below.

Insider Tips

In recent years the property has developed its crafts program to include top-notch instruction in pottery, papermaking, and glassblowing.

The property's PADI-certified water sports rental center is one of the best on the island, and the surf is gentle enough for beginners to play around in. Choose from a fleet of kayaks, windsurfers, and sunfish.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at St. Thomas USVI Airport (STT), which is about 8 miles from the property.

Maho Bay, North Shore Rd, Maho Bay, St John, US Virgin Islands

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • Gardens
  • Barbecue Areas
  • Art Classes
  • Yoga
  • Water Sports
  • Massages
  • Trash to Treasure Art Center
In-Room Amenities
  • Tent-Cottages
  • Private Balconies
  • Shared Bathrooms
  • Propane Stove
  • Electric Outlets
  • Fans
Dining & Nightlife
  • Outdoor Restaurant
  • Beach Cafe
  • Market
  • Live Music
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Outdoor Excursion: About two-thirds of St. John is designated as the U.S. Virgin Islands National Park. Explore it on a guided three-hour hike along the Reef Bay Trail, climbing from dry tropical forest to wet tropical forest and detouring to view the nearby 1,000-year-old petroglyphs. Read More

History Tour: Visit the extensive 19th-century Annaberg Sugar Mill ruins for a glimpse of the island's plantation past. Read More

Wildlife Spotting: Forsake popular—and crowded—Trunk Bay for the locals' favorite snorkeling spot: Waterlemon Cay. The uninhabited isle is an easy two-minute swim from the Leinster Bay beach and is fringed with reefs full of sea fans, starfish, and green turtles.

Snack Spot: Vie's Snack Shack is just that—a funky hammered-together stand where insiders stop for Vie's garlic chicken, coconut tarts, johnnycakes, limeade, and meaty conch fritters. East End Rd, Rte 10, near Hansen Bay.
Caribbean beaches make their own statement.

Caribbean beaches make their own statement.

Why Go Now

April 17, 2011 - May 7, 2011
Virgin Island Carnival
A three-week-long festival of steel bands, soca, and exuberant parades in St. Thomas.

May 7-8, 2011
Commodore's Cup Regatta
Three local yacht clubs host the annual sailing race, an island highlight, to benefit kids' water-safety awareness in St. John.

May 27, 2011 - July 4, 2011
St. John Festival
A month-long celebration of island life, including calypso jams on the beach.

Maho Bay Camps

St. John, US Virgin Islands

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