Maho Bay is very popular and located along the North Shore Road approximately 5 miles outside of Cruz Bay. Holiday season can be very crowded as Maho is a favorite for tourists and locals alike. It’s the place to come and float in the water with a nice cold drink in your hand. The shallow water along the shoreline is a great place for kids to play and make lots of sand castles. The beach is pristine with plenty of sun and shade. Many people come here for their morning swim across the Bay as the waters are usually calm. Please be careful of the Native Plant Restoration Project as the plants have wire around them to protect them along the beach.
Most folks flock to Maho Bay for the Turtles! There is nothing like putting on snorkel gear and swimming out into the bay to watch the turtles frolic in the sea grasses as they come up and down for air. Please do not try to touch the turtles. Along the east side of Maho Bay, you will surely encounter lots of tropical fish and a great spot to take your underwater camera.
There is beach side parking, as well as a parking area on the east end. Rule of thumb, the earlier you get there, the better. Between 9:00 and 9:30 AM the parking spaces start to fill up.
On the west end, there is a very nice covered Pavilion with picnic tables and grills, as well as a restroom. If you are interested in renting the Maho Bay Building for an event from the Virgin Islands National Park, the fee includes use of the Maho Pavilion, electricity, and water. Please call (340) 776-6201 ext. 244.
Maho Crossroads adorns the area across the road on the west end. This Grateful Dead theme inspired destination is one the newest places to enjoy music, super fun Tiki Bar, “Furthur” Food Truck, Souvenir Shop, and Beach Rentals. Many Boat Charters stop at Maho Bay during the day to have a Lunch Stop / Bar Hop for their Guests as they swim ashore and enjoy the beach and Maho Crossroads. Also, Reef2Peak is located at Maho Bay and provides rentals for kayaks, stand up paddleboards, chairs, umbrellas, and more.