Maho Bay – Need a Vacation?

I need a vacation. But there won’t be one till summer. So, in the interest of suviving till then, and distracting you from whatever important thing you have to do, here’s a report from my good friend Derk about his recent trip to Maho Bay in the US Virgin Islands. Derk, take it away…

Serene, quiet, relaxing, and cheap. I was probably lucky to get in,since I scheduled only a week in advance. Direct flights from JFK, BOS,and elsewhere on the east coast to St Thomas makes this very accessible. It does take a little more than an hour from the airport (cab-ferry-cab) to get to the camps, but its not too painful.
This is not a place to go if you want to join a raging spring break party. The camps are fairly remote and attract a somewhat reserved family set. But there are some great beaches just steps from the tents where you can rent little sailboats, snorkels, scuba gear, sea kayaks, et cetera. A couple of sail boats offer regular day-sail/snorkling trips that leave from the beach right at the resort. Maho Point, on which several tents are situated and a zero minute walk from the main beach, has excellent snorkling – green turtles, nurse sharks, puffer fish. Also a glassblower and pottery shop on site offering classes – might have been cool but I did not partake.

The tents consist of wood floors, screens, and canvas. They’re 16×16 with plenty of room for 2; there were several couples with some young kids perfectly comfortable packing into one tent. Electricity and a propane stove, but no running water or toilets – expect a 100meter hike for those things. When it rains you may want to shift your bed away from the walls. Beds with linens are very comfortable. You wont miss the AC – nights are cool in the high 60s to low 70s.
I didnt do any of my own cooking. There is a dining hall type facility at the camp that serves good, inexpensive food. Very college-like – wait in (a short) line, salad bar, clear your own tray.
Staff is very laid back and friendly. Mostly in their mid-20s and into the eco-resort angle of the whole thing. Several live on site year round (including hurricane season!) in tents very similar to the Maho camps.
The only bad news is a rumor that Maho may be shutting down in 5yrs when the lease on the land expire. I plan to visit at least one more time before then.

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Nick Aster is a new media architect and the founder of has grown to become one of the web's leading sources of news and ideas on how business can be used to make the world a better place.

Prior to TriplePundit Nick worked for Mother Jones magazine, successfully re-launching the magazine's online presence. He worked for, managing the technical side of the publication for 3 years and has also been an active consultant for individuals and companies entering the world of micro-publishing. He earned his stripes working for Gawker Media and Moreover Technologies in the early days of blogging.

Nick holds an MBA in sustainable management from the Presidio School of Management and graduated with a BA in History from Washington University in St. Louis.

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