NPS to Temporarily Close Maho Beach Parking Lot in Effort to Protect Bay

Maho Beach, St. John
Maho Beach, St. John

Virgin Islands National Park reminds the public that the Maho Bay Parking lot will close beginning Tuesday, Sept. 5. The lot will reopen no later than Nov. 16.

The park will be upgrading the parking area at Maho Bay to reduce runoff and sedimentation into the bay and to provide more efficient and safe parking and pedestrian traffic. The lot will provide a total of 33 spaces, and the entrance, exit and travel-ways will be clearly marked. The lot will be constructed using gravel placed in a permeable grid that will allow water to drain and will limit runoff. Funding for this improvement project was provided by the Friends of Virgin Islands National Park.

The park has scheduled this project during the lowest visitation months to minimize impacts to Maho Bay users, but it recognizes the inconvenience to the public as Maho Bay is a popular park destination. During the parking lot closure, roadside parking that impedes vehicular traffic and the access of emergency vehicles at Maho Bay will not be permitted.

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The public’s cooperation is being requested to utilize other V.I. National Park beaches during this time or to arrange for drop off and/or pick-ups when going to Maho Bay.

Contact Jean-Louis Williams at 693-8989, ext. 322 if there are any questions. (

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