Take a mental vacation on the Caribbean's best beach

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Two beach chairs on the white sandy beaches of Maho Bay on St. John, USVI
Photo credit: 
Steve Simonsen

Who else is dreaming of a warm paradise as the temperature drops? We are, especially as we celebrate the successful conservation of one of the Caribbean’s best beaches—now permanently protected forever, for all to enjoy. Take a mental vacation to the white sandy beaches of Maho Bay in St. John.

Photo by Steve Simonsen — at Maho Bay Beach on St. John, USVI.
Photo credit: 
Steve Simonsen

“The beach and hillside at Maho may well be paradise, and can now be enjoyed by everyone who comes to this wonderful park,” said Trust for Public Land president Will Rogers.

Photo by Steve Simonsen — at Maho Bay Beach on St. John, USVI.
Photo credit: 
Steve Simonsen

With the help of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), the last of a series of sales beginning in 2009 is now complete, bringing the total acres of protected land to 225. 

Photo by Steve Simonsen — at Maho Bay Beach on St. John, USVI.
Photo credit: 
Steve Simonsen

Maho Bay is situated on the north side of the island of St. John, where most of Virgin Islands National Park is located. The 225-acre beach and the hillside above are the largest single addition to the park since it was created in 1956.

Photo by Steve Simonsen — at Maho Bay Beach on St. John, USVI.
Photo credit: 
Steve Simonsen

Photo by Steve Simonsen — at Maho Bay Beach on St. John, USVI.
Photo credit: 
Steve Simonsen

According to Gerald Singer, an expert on Caribbean beaches and author of St. John Beach Guide, Maho is "one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. " Said Singer,"I’m happy to learn the delicate environmental balance of the lush valley and access to the beautiful beach and the calm, shallow bay with its abundant marine life will remain undisturbed by private development."

What tropical paradise are you fantasizing about this winter? Tell us by leaving a comment below. 

 

 

 

 

Comments

Kim Killion, December 29, 2013
Is all of the property that used to be part of Maho Bay Camp now part of the park, or was some portion of the property kept by the purchaser for development/personal use?
The Trust for P..., January 8, 2014
Thanks for your interest in our conservation work at Maho Bay, Kim. The Trust for Public Land was not able to acquire the property that used to be Maho Bay Camps. A private buyer purchased the 13.8 acre parcel. We do not know what his plans for the property are. You can stay tuned to updates on our ongoing conservation efforts at Maho Bay here: http://www.tpl.org/our-work/land-and-water/estate-maho-bay-st-john
Martha Cameron, March 26, 2014
Disappointed that TPL did not acquire Mahoe Bay Camp grounds. One of the thousands that enjoyed staying there as well as preserving the land. Hope the new owner is thinking the same thoughts. Please keep me informed of future of Maho Bay Camp. Am a friend of VINP. We try and visit St John every2 yrs.
Marcia Myers, August 23, 2014
Where else in the Caribbean is TPL at work?

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