Although Maho Bay Camps is probably the most highly praised ecotourism destination in the world, we had modest beginnings. In 1976, we built 18 tent-cottages on 16 foot square platforms in the Virgin Islands National Park using hand construction methods which left the natural environment virtually undisturbed. The platforms were connected by elevated walkways to avoid soil erosion which endangers the beach and fragile coral. This sensitive land use stimulated an explosion of favorable press which has encouraged our growth to 114 units, connected by an extensive network of stairs and boardwalks.
The roomy tent-cottages are nearly hidden by lush foliage providing privacy. Translucent fabric on wood frames, screened windows and open air terraces take advantage of the cooling island tradewinds. Each has a separate sleeping area with comfortable twin beds and an extra mattress behind the sleeping-couch in the living area. Linens, blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils are all provided, including propane stove and ice cooler. Every tent-cottage has its own private deck, electric outlets, lights and fans. Barbecue areas and fresh water are available along the walkways.
Our secluded white sand beach and year-round tropical climate offer a variety of popular water sports (with expert instruction available) including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Massage, yoga, National Park presentations, weddings, live music and other activities are available. Glassblowing demonstrations are a popular activity with mesmerized guests watching beautiful glasswork being made from crushed bottles in our Trash to Treasure Art Center.
So there is something for everyone, we also offer an array of classes for both adults and children that include a number of craft areas such as fabric batik, ceramics, glass blowing, watercolor painting, and paper making - and each class demonstrates an aspect of creating art out of recycled materials.
The immediate area around Maho Bay Camps has beautiful hiking trails including walks to historic plantation ruins. The town of Cruz Bay offers active night life within half an hour via local taxi service.
Conveniently located bathhouses are equipped with modern, low-flush toilets and pull-chain showers connected to a recycling system which irrigates the surrounding vegetation.
St. John has no airport, so if you fly to the Virgin Islands you will land at the airport on St.Thomas. A taxi or shuttle will take you to Red Hook where you'll catch the ferry for a pleasant 20 minutes ride to Cruz Bay on St. John. Ferries leave every hour on the hour from 7:00 AM to midnight 7 days a week, every day of the year. No ferry leaving St. Thomas at 9pm and 10pm during low season. Frett's taxi-shuttle makes seven trips every day from Cruz Bay to Maho Bay Camps and Harmony Studios through luxurious tropical landscapes in the USVI National Park. Frett's last trip meets the 9:00 PM ferry from Red Hook. If you are going to Estate Concordia or the Concordia Eco-tents you will probably want to rent a car in Cruz Bay.
The nonstop, flight to St. Thomas from New York or Baltimore takes about 3½ hours. From Atlanta it's about 3 hours, and from Miami about 2½ hours. The US Virgin Islands are in the Atlantic time zone, one hour earlier than Eastern Standard Time. During Daylight Savings Time the Virgin Islands and the East Coast are on the same time. If you fly to San Juan, Puerto Rico and take a 'commuter' airline to St.Thomas, a short flight of about 25 minutes. Cape Air is one carrier that often has less expensive fares.
To find the best schedule and fare for your stay at Maho, use the code for the St. Thomas airport (STT).
Maho Tent Cottages
PO Box 310, Cruz Bay
St. John, Uruguay VI 00830 View Larger Map