Maho Bay Camps

3 stars
North Shore Road, St. John, 00831
Hotel Overview
Reviewer score
4.0
out of 5
29 reviews
Rustic adventure in the caribbean.

We found out about Maho from a friend who had just visited St. Thomas island. We did a little... See full review

  • Rustypickle
  • Apr 5, 2012
great camping!

Beautiful beaches in the neighborhood! If you love nature, and don't mind seeing iguanas and... See full review

  • vfsdfhg
  • Aug 27, 2011
The roomy tent-cottages and open air terraces of Maho Bay Camps take advantage of the island trade winds and the hillside location affords beautiful views of the Caribbean waters and secluded white sand beach. Enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, snorkeling and scuba diving. Other activities include massage, yoga, live music, art classes and glassblowing demonstration. Maho Bay Camps is Eco-resort preserving lush environment, has 114 tent-cottages with private balcony, outdoor restaurant with views of sunset, store stocked with food, drinks and accessories. Offers art classes in recycled crafts, evening hand blown glass demonstrations, water sports program, unique wooden walkways to tent-cottages. Early departure forfeiture is 2 - night penalty. The hotel charges $3.00 for high speed internet access.

Hotel Map

18.3582 -64.7426
Area served
St. John.
Nearby airports
St. Thomas (STT) Airport.
Area description
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 will catch the ferry for a pleasant 20 minutes ride to Cruz Bay on St. John. Ferries leave every hour from 7.00 AM to midnight 7 days a week, every day of the year. Frett’s taxi-shuttle makes seven trips every day from Cruz Bay to Maho Bay Camps and Harmony Studios through luxurious tropical landscape in the USVI National Park. Frett’s last trip meets the 9.00 PM ferry from Red Hook.

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Maho Bay Camps Rooms

Tent Cottage
Room with two twin beds, a couch, and rollaway, includes bed linens, blankets, towels, cooking and eating utensils, 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.

Amenities

  • High-speed internet
  • Free parking
General
Concierge
Dining
Restaurant
Services
Conference facilities
Internet
High-speed internet
Parking
Free parking

Dining

Outdoor Restaurant with Ocean views
Breakfast every day 7.30-9.30am Dinner nightly 5.30-7.30pm Relax in outdoor ocean view seating to watch the sunset as you dine. Families welcome for casual dining enjoying a different theme each night: Caribbean, Asian, Italian, Southwestern, Friday prime rib + nightly kids specials. Come early for happy hours and visit Maho Bay Art Gallery next to restaurant for handmade gifts. Specialties include: Breakfast: fresh fruit, homemade granola, pancakes, eggs, smoothies. Dinner: Shrimp Scampi, Teriyaki steak, Eggplant Parmesan, Lemon Chicken, meatloaf, daily vegetarian entrees.

Hotel Policies

Check-in:
1400
Check-out:
1100

Terms and conditions

Rates quoted in currencies other than the hotel's base currency are subject to the rate of the international exchange. Rate may change throughout stay. Rate may reflect average nightly rate. Extra charges may apply. Incidental charges, such as room service, are not included in the rate.

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Guest Reviews (29)

Ratings and reviews for Maho Bay Camps

Overall score

4 / 5
5.01.0
29 out of 29
Amenities:
3.3
Room cleanliness:
3.8
Hotel staff:
4.4
Room comfort:
3.6
Location:
4.6
Value:
4.1

90% would recommend to a friend.

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Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
JoeCash
Michigan
Jan 16, 2013

A unique experience

If you are looking to get away from it all and enjoy the natural beauty of St John then Maho Tent Camp is the place. No crowds, no hustle and bustle. Just the awesome beauty of an untouched island with a wonderful group of knowledgeable, kind and enthusiastic staff to help. Get there soon. Maho is scheduled to close May 15, 2013.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
2
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Dining tip: Not Applicable

Check out Skinny Legs in Coral Bay and Castaways in Santa Cruz for an inexpensive meals with a very friendly staff.

Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

3
5.01.0
Bubba Boy
State College, PA
Jan 4, 2013

Just OK

Location is amazing. But we were there during a very busy time and they were at full capacity. That meant all tents were filled and some of them are so close together you can hear conversations and body noises coming out of your neighbors. It also meant the bathhouses (showers and toilets) were often full and not as clean as I would have liked them to be. The staff were very helpful, but I saw some of them in town one night drunk and acting silly, which soured my impression a bit. The food was very good, but pricey. I would expect to pay less than double their prices had I been anywhere else. Even taking into account the transport to get the food to Maho, it was still expensive. Unless you really don't care about privacy, try to book when the crowds will be down and bring ear plugs!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
3
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

Good location for hiking and snorkling. Can walk to good spots.

Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

5
5.01.0
Rustypickle
Corvallis, OR, USA
Apr 5, 2012

Rustic adventure in the caribbean.

We found out about Maho from a friend who had just visited St. Thomas island. We did a little research and felt that this place seemed to fit our style, plus the price was right compared to other places on the island. We stayed at Maho for six nights. This place is perfect for those wanting to be very close to nature and experience the wilderness of the islands. At Maho you stay in a Tent-cabin, which is like a square yurt. It's very simple living and yes there are bugs and lizards in your room, but hey that's nature right? Everything on the islands is pretty expensive compared to Oregon standards, but we understand cause tourism drives their economy, if you don't like it don't go back. At Maho you can shop at the store then go make you dinner in your cabin, keeps things on the cheaper side. Snorkeling and hiking are by far the funnest things we did while we were there. Many great spots are minutes away and we saw seaturtles at almost everywhere we got in the water. If you really want to get around the island and maximize your time just rent a jeep or car and things go much faster. We didn't rent a car, I think next time we'll get around by motorcycle. If you cannot climb stairs do not stay at Maho, period. This place is all about limiting impacts on the enviroment, therefore you take cold showers, use waterless urinals and climb alot of steps to get around. For most people that like camping or hiking of any sort it's not a problem at all, really it adds to the uniqueness of the place. We will absolutely go back. Bring some of your own food, a bit of bug spray and your snorkeling gear and you won't regret staying there.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
4
Room comfort:
5
Location:
5
Value:
4
Shopping tip: Not Applicable

Cruz bay sucks, it's just another town that's busy. If your going to Maho, explore Cruz on the first few days, because after being away from civilization for four or five days, town is not very exciting anymore.

Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Erica in Cbus
Columbus, OH, USA
Mar 27, 2012

Adventure Time!

Staying at Maho has been a great vacation with value prices to match. If you ever went to camp as a kid and loved it, you will be happy here! The staff was very friendlly and helpful( see Ben for activities and Bill in the art shop). Food was tasty, we did not want to spend time cooking when we could be on the beach. This is def a vacation for those who want to be active! Our son met a new friend on the beach almost every day. We will be back!

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
4
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: Short drive from hotel

If you like snorkeling, try out different bays each day. Some have better coral formations, while others provide better wildlife sightings.

Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
Young quilter
Gorham, Maine
Mar 7, 2012

Excellent Family getaway

2nd time at this resort, would highly recommend Maho for any level of family.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
5
Location:
4
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Short walk from hotel

visit national park sites near Maho, very easy to walk. No car needed. Excellent swimming snorkeling in bays on both sides of Little Maho Bay

Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
screechowl
Woods Hole, Falmouth, MA, USA
Feb 21, 2012

Snorkeling in paradise

With 5 snorkeling beaches in walking distance, I couldn't ask for more. This was my fifth visit to this place. Good meals in the restaraunt. Staff are attentive and friendly. Investment in the infrastructure is overdue pending lease extention. Really needs to be done.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
4
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
4
Location:
5
Value:
5
Sightseeing tip: Long walk from hotel

Walk to beautiful beached for snorkeling

Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
MMBmmb
New York, NY, USA
Feb 20, 2012

Blue, blue beach, white sand and forest......

You've got to be OK with living in nature. The tent was more like living in a tree house. Nature is all around you and sometimes in the tent. There are many, many, many stairs to climb. Expect not to gain weight on vacation, as you will be going up and down lots of stairs. The beach is beautiful! Pristine. I never left the resort. You are living in a national park. There is plenty to do if you get tired of the beach/sun. I took a pottery class and a glass workshop in their studios. I went sailing around the BVI and had a wonderful time snorkeling. The kayaking is terrific. The food was good and not expensive. There is a limited menu and there is no waiter service, so if you are looking for that, look elsewhere. I would go back in a minute. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. I can’t say enough about how beautiful the place is. It is such a treat to really get away and be surrounded with such beauty.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
4
Sightseeing tip: In Hotel

Go to activities desk, there is plenty to do and the staff will really help you decide what would be the right things for you.

Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Dave40
Connecticut, USA
Jan 31, 2012

Water Sports Experience

One must understand that this is a camping facility. So, with that in mind, I believe that it is a good value for the budget minded. However, we found that the Maho Bay Water Sports Center which rents beach chairs, small craft, snorkeling gear and provides SCUBA lessons was completely inadequate. When we tried to discuss an issue with the owner he was competely uninterested bordering on rude. His attitude was condescending and left the feeling that it was only about making money. Service was not in his dictionary. St. John is all about the beach and water. The negative attitude of the Maho Bay Water Sports center ruined my experience. BTW, bring lots of bug spray

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
1
Room cleanliness:
3
Hotel staff:
1
Room comfort:
3
Location:
5
Value:
2
Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

2
5.01.0
Rainy season
Paris, France
Jan 14, 2012

Family Holiday

We loved the location and the environment where our little hut was located. From our terrace we could see the whole vview of Maho Bay area and it was beaufitul. During the period we stayed there was so much rain everyday in the morings and mid-nights and water flooded into our hut through the wired windows so our bedings got wet with rain. In the end of our staying our whole body got bitten by the bedbugs everywhere. I hope Maho Bay Camps can take this as consideration and improve the quality in an better safe environment.

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
2
Room cleanliness:
1
Hotel staff:
3
Room comfort:
1
Location:
4
Value:
1
Review of Maho Bay Camps

Reviewer score

4
5.01.0
City Man
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Sep 12, 2011

paradise comes with a price

Maho bay camps has the most amazing view of nearby islands, national jungle/forest and Maho Bay beach. They have the friendliest staff and the best water activities ( snorkling, kayaking, scuba and windsurfing). This place is not meant for people who are used to nice hotels. There is no restrooms in your cabin, mosquito bites by the hour, lizards and bugs crawl in your cabin through the floor, cold showers and restaurant only open a few hours a day. Eventhough im still itching from the mosquito bites, I fell in love with Maho Bay camps

Hotel features (5 = best, 1 = worst):
Amenities:
3
Room cleanliness:
5
Hotel staff:
5
Room comfort:
2
Location:
5
Value:
5
Nightlife tip: Not Applicable

You cannot find a nightclub on the whole island. This is a place to wear shorts and swimsuits, walk around bare foot and go hiking everywhere. Even if you go into the local town all you will find are little bars with boomboxes playing local radio stations. Plus everyone goes to sleep early ( 10 ish).

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