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St. John Beaches: Little Maho Bay

St. John USVI Beaches: Little Maho Bay

Excerpted from St. John Off the Beaten Track © 2006 Gerald Singer

"…a half-crescent of beach, small but perfect with lush green hills rising beyond it,"-Ethel McCully.

St. John Beaches: Little Maho Bay
Little Maho Bay

Why Little Maho?
Little Maho is a miniature version of Cinnamon Bay, having most of the same facilities and things to do. It is smaller, more intimate and calmer than Cinnamon, which may make it easier for beginning windsurfers and water sports enthusiasts.

Getting There:
Continuing on from (Big) Maho Bay about 1.5 miles from where the road leaves the beach and curves to the right, you will come to an intersection; turn left along the water's edge. Proceed to the stone building on the right at the intersection of the Francis Bay and Little Maho Bay Campground roads. Turn left and go up the hill to the parking area. Park and make your way down the 224 wooden stairs to the beach.

Little Maho can also be approached via the Maho Bay Goat Trail, which connects Big and Little Maho Bays.

The Name
Little Maho was once known as "Lille Maho" (Little Maho in Dutch) and is still sometimes referred to by that name.

little maho bay st john virgin islands
Boats moored at Little Maho Bay

Facilities:
Day visitors may use most of the facilities at the campground including the activities desk, restaurant, general store, telephones and rest rooms.

Windsurfers, kayaks, sunfish and snorkeling equipment can be rented at Maho Bay Watersports located near the beach. Also available at the water sports shop are SCUBA dive packages, lessons and certification and night snorkeling expeditions.

On Sunday afternoons pick up volleyball is played from about 3:00 to 5:00.

St. John Virgin Islands Beaches: Little Maho Bay
Unnamed Bay Just to the
North of Little Maho Bay

For a bit more seclusion, check out the quiet little pocket beach between the Campground and Francis Bay, which is just a short swim or rock scramble to the north.

Snorkeling
From the beach the best snorkeling is along the rocks on either side of the bay.