Maho and Concordia eco resorts are surrounded by Virgin Islands National Park
Press Release 2012
USVI (January 26-2012) - The US Virgin Islands and St. John in particular is a wonderful place full of culture and natural resources.
Thanks to the VI National Park, over 60% of St. John is preserved. Maho and Concordia are lucky to be surrounded by the VINP and its abundance of resources. St. John has world class beaches and waters that attract thousands of visitors a year, and it doesn't have to be a record breaking winter in order for a trip to be completely worth it! Outside of the water and sand there is plenty to do thanks to St. John's many natural and cultural resources.
Concordia is minutes away from Salt Pond Bay where the snorkeling is divine and the view after the hike to Rams Head Point is breathtaking. Drunk Bay is just around the salt pond a short walk and is a pebble beach with human-like figures created by the scores of hiker-artists that explore and use what has washed up.
Just down the road is Lameshur Bay, also a popular snorkeling destination and beach. From Lameshur you can even hike over to Reef Bay as well to see the ruins and petroglyphs if you are up to the challenge.
We got a great response to our newsletter on birding from Ed. He wrote, "I'm an active birder who has stayed at both Maho and Concordia during the late spring. I've enjoyed going out with Laurel a couple of times too. She's great, and really knows the flora and fauna of St. John. While I agree that the Mary Point Pond and Francis Bay are great for birding, I found the birding at Concordia and on the Lameshur Bay Trail perhaps more exciting.
From our tent at Concordia every morning we would awaken to the songs of Mangrove Cuckoo and Black-Whiskered Vireo in addition to the various doves and pigeons. We had Bridled Quail-Dove on the Lameshur Trail, and Smooth-billed Ani while having cocktails on our Concordia eco-Tent deck.
The Grey Kingbirds, American Kestrels and Caribbean Elaenia's seemed more common on the Coral Bay side of the island, and we had opportunities to see both species of hummingbird nesting on the Rams Head Trail. The fact the Concordia tents are at the canopy level as opposed to beneath them really adds to the birding as well as the vista."
Near Maho we are blessed with the Annaberg Ruins, one of the best preserved sugar mills in the VI, and Water Lemon Cay which is considered one of - if not THE - best snorkeling on St. John. When taking the Leinster Bay Trail from Annaberg to Waterlemon, take note of the three buoys just off shore about a quarter of the way down the trail. This marks "3 Buoy Reef" and is a great snorkel spot before you even get to the Cay.
This is not as well known, but definitely worth checking out. To tickle the historical itch of some, the National Park does cultural demonstrations at Annaberg on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10am-2pm during season.
See how bread was baked (and try a sample!) in historical dutch ovens by Baker Olivia as well as taking a garden tour with Charles. Docents from the Friends of the Park may be around Monday-Friday as well to provide some historical perspective on the area.