Monday, October 26, 2015

MAHO BAY, ST. JOHN, U.S.V.I.

 
 
The Most Photographed Twin Coconut Palm


Maho Beach is another beautiful beach in St. John.
lined with coconut palms.
 A perfect beach for the little ones with its shallow entry, and calm waters.
It is sheltered from the sea and currents because of its position.

It is one of the longest beaches on the island,
 so you will always find a nice quiet spot, sunny or shady at the beach.
It is also the narrowest beach in the island,
where literally you are a few steps to the water.
Easy to go back to your cooler if you need a refreshment.
  
Maho Beach is the best place to see, and swim with Sea Turtles.
My children had so much fun snorkeling here.
Every few feet you'll definitely encounter a sea turtle.
 We found that the best time to see the Green Sea Turtles are early morning,
and late afternoon
when they feed at the sea grass beds.
Just like Trunk Bay,
you will see an array of sea life, from colorful fishes, and stingrays.
The best snorkeling spot for this beach
is on the west side of the bay.


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Maho Beach was rated a definite ("5 x 20") 100 stars by my Little Taz.
 x 20

For Mom,
 it would have been a perfect 100 stars but this beach lack amenities.
And parking is on the side of the road.
If you come late, parking would be quite a challenge.
Come prepared with a cooler full of refreshments and yummy goodies if you are planning to stay most of the day.
The best time to come is on weekdays,
 weekends tend to get busy for this is also the locals favorite beach.
 

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

TRUNK BAY, ST. JOHN, U.S.V.I




Trunk Bay



Considered as one of the most beautiful beaches in the Virgin Islands.
Known  for its 225-yard long underwater trail.
A "must not miss" on anyone's beach list.
Definitely, the highlight of our trip at the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Little Taz snorkeling at the crystalline waters of Trunk Bay

A gorgeous pristine white sand beach, has crystalline water,
and the best snorkeling trail so far, that we have visited.
If you wander about 50 -100 feet beyond the trail,
you'll see more coral formations and more varieties of fish.


My husband and my daughter snorkeling.
 
Trunk Bay's clear water and colorful sea life promise to give anyone who tries underwater photography a spectacular photo opportunity.
I was lucky enough to photograph a trunk fish with my Gopro,
 which I must suggest the best tool to have if you have the love for snorkeling.
We brought our own snorkel gear,
 but if you don't have one, you can rent at the Rental Shack.

And if you're feeling hungry,
there is a concession stand
that offers sandwiches, burgers, non-alcoholic refreshments, and cocktails.
Most visitors do bring their own cooler filled with delicious food
 and cold drinks.
 
There are plenty of showers and restrooms available.
The facilities are  very well maintained. 


Trunk Fish at Trunk Bay
Parrot Fish

Sea grape trees offers plenty of shade.
The best spot was right next to the Lifeguard tower.
 


Setting up under a Sea grape tree.
 
My children rated this beach, 5 stars.

Little Taz with his new friends.

Plenty of fish to see on the shallow part,
the kids were able to swim to the Coral Island with no problem.
The water was calm and clear, 
they were able to see the stingray from the beach without getting close to it. 
 
Smooth, clean, white sands.
 
 

Trunk Bay beach is breathtaking.
We all fell in love with this place.
We can't wait to go back.
 
 
 
Note:

  • A fee is collected between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Parking is available, but if you come late, it will be a challenge to find parking.
  • Beach Chairs and Snorkel gear are available at the Rental Shack.
  • It is good to have a swimming noodle or snorkeling vest in case you get tired, and a great tool to have for the not so confident swimmers.
 
Nope, we're not in a pool.
That's the beautiful crystalline water of trunk Bay!

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