At Reef2Peak we’re lucky to call Maho Bay home. Learn more about this amazing beach below and find out why we love renting snorkel gear, kayaks and stand-up paddle boards at Maho.
Located on St. John’s idyllic North Shore, Maho Bay is a breathtaking stretch of white sand and Caribbean blue waters, a favorite beach for many locals and visitors to St. John. As part of the Virgin Islands National Park, the bay and beach at Maho are protected and well cared for by the National Parks Service. There are bathroom facilities at Maho, and a new pavilion slated for construction in the spring 2019.
Snorkeling at Maho Bay
In addition to the scenic beauty of Maho, the bay is known as being one of the calmest along the North Shore Road making it a great place for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding. It’s also a kid friendly beach with its sandy shoreline and shallow inner bay.
Maho Bay is one of the best places to see sea turtles on St. John. The seagrass, which grows the length of the bay is a favorite grazing area for both green turtles and hawksbills which are often seen by snorkelers at Maho. In addition to turtles, visitors can see rays, conch and a variety of fish not only along the length of the bay, but also along the rocky northern and southern coastlines.
Kayaking & Paddle Boarding at Maho Bay
Due to its orientation along the North Shore, Maho is the perfect place for kayaking or Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on St. John as the bay is one of the calmest on St. John. Its shallow sandy beach and close proximity to the road makes it an easy put-in for kayakers and paddle boarders.
Renting kayaks or SUP boards from Reef2Peak at Maho Bay gives visitors a chance to access and enjoy not only Maho Bay but the entire area from America Point to Mary’s Point including Little Maho Beach (the former site of Maho Bay Campgrounds), Baby Maho Beach (a small secluded beach accessible only from the water), and Francis Bay (the last beach on St. John’s North Shore known for its pristine sand and as a prime birding spot on St. John).
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