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Friday, September 21, 2007

Under canvas in the Caribbean

Times Online: "We were on the Caribbean island of St John, one of the US Virgin Islands, at Maho Bay Camps. It was founded by the charismatic eco-pioneer Stanley Selengut in 1976 and claims, plausibly, to have been the world’s first eco-resort. More than a hundred tent-cabins are set on slopes in the pristine rainforest of a national park that covers two thirds of the island. The permanent tents are connected by wooden walkways to prevent erosion and protect the forest. There are communal showers, a central restaurant, shop and other facilities. A lovely white sand beach lies at the foot of the slope, with another on the other side of the small headland. It looked idyllic on the web-site. I am not a big camping person, but we arrived, my wife and two boys, aged 4 and 2, with high hopes. "