I am spending the Christmas holiday at home with family this year, and it was just last year that I had a Caribbean Christmas. This is typically the first week of the busy season that Maho Bay Camp was at full capacity, so this year means many people are onto new traditions or adventures. For guests coming down to stay for a short visit, part of the beauty was sitting out in an open air pavilion in summer clothes to eat meals and enjoy the sunset. I wanted to share a Maho Sunset for those missing it! These were taken from the Maho Store and near the Activities Desk (in April and therefore closer to Whistling Cay.)
I am curious what the regular (and occasional!) Christmas visitors to Maho are doing this year..?
The coconut palms lining North Shore Road as you pass by Big Maho Bay have always been my favorite. And the closeness of the road to the beach and sea always tempts me to slow down to take in the view. I recently finished reading a local history book, The Night of the Silent Drums, by John L. Andersen, detailing the history of St. John and the slave rebellion that occurred here in the 1700’s. In it I learned that the plantation at Big Maho Bay planted and harvested the coconut palms that you see there today! My hope is the VI National Park will work on sharing the history of that area now that it is part of the park. You can still literally walk through much of St. John’s history since development has been limited. It is not necessary to visit only the ruins to see the history of St. John. It can be seen everywhere once you learn about the island’s past. If you want to walk through the coconut palms, I recommend bring a hard had since the coconuts do not give warnings before falling from the trees!
The Night of the Silent Drums is out of print, so if you want to read it you have to find an old copy. Thankfully, locals and visitors have traded in old copies to the Coffeeshop / Used Bookstore called Papaya Cafe at the Marketplace. I don’t know if they ship or not, but the book run about $40 or so, many hardback editions. You may also find a copy online. A great island read if you are visiting St. John!
The views of the beaches along the North Shore are breathtaking and despite being a regular visitor and two-time resident of St. John, I never take the views for granted. I have taken so many photos as I passed by the overlooks that I can generously delete some and still have a folder full of both the Trunk Bay and Maho Bay overlooks. But I don’t have any others like this. Driving back from Cruz Bay on a rainy day earlier this year, I happen to be passing Trunk Bay at the time of the sunset. I just loved the fact that the warm red light was falling almost directly on the beach and the beach was deserted!
This view was a glorious part of the “arrival sequence” to Maho Bay Camp: wake up way to early, board plane with my eyes barely open, grab a coffee at whatever airport I have a layover, land in St. Thomas and have the humidity hit me as if someone threw a blanket over my head, take a taxi “tour” of St. Thomas ending at the Red Hook Ferry dock, sneak in a Bushwhacker if there was time (making up for any frustration at missing the ferry by 10 minutes and having to wait an hour!), pile onto the ferry with all the other tourists and their over-sized luggage, find the Maho shuttle in town, riding along North Shore Road with a view of a spectacular beach every 10 minutes, ending with a bumpy ride up the road to Maho Bay Camp!
In memory of the much loved eco-resort Maho Bay Camp on St. John, US Virgin Islands.