Jost Van Dyke
Make sure to visit Jost Van Dyke on your sailing vacation in the BVI
A truly breathtaking paradise and a popular destination for yacht charters, Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands at just four miles long. The stunning natural beauty of the island was borne of a volcano in the Caribbean Sea.
Its magnificent scenery includes lush green forests, crystal clear turquoise water in countless hues, and soft, velvety white sand. From the highest point, Roach Hill at 1054 feet (321 meters), you can view the entire island and its awe-inspiring beauty.
Great Harbor is the center of Jost Van Dyke. It is where most of the town’s restaurants, bars and services are located. There are approximately 220 residents on this idyllic island, 180 of whom are native.
There are four main harbours for yacht charterers on the island: White Bay, Great Harbour, Little Harbour and Diamond Cay.
Known as the barefoot island, Jost Van Dyke boasts a contagious casual lifestyle, fine beaches, protected anchorages, and always hopping beachfront restaurants and bars. Enjoy locale fare like West Indian rotis, grilled fresh fish or lobster and conch stew. Jost Van Dyke is a must to visit on your yacht charter vacation in the British Virgin Islands.
Things to see on Jost Van Dyke
White Bay Beach
Voted one of world’s top 10 BVI beaches by Caribbean Travel & Life, White Bay Beach’s long stretch of white sand is protected by a great snorkeling reef and is dotted with beach bars. You can partake in many aquatic adventures of your choice, or do nothing at all but relax in a hammock along the beach.
Foxy’s, where they boast that every day is a party, serves lunch and dinner in a unique Caribbean style. Every Friday and Saturday they light up their Grillzebo to prepare their famous BBQ, which includes the freshest salads, chicken, ribs and Mahi-Mahi. This hot spot also features four truly Caribbean cold draft beers from their own microbrewery, the only brewhouse in the British Virgin Islands. While anchored, you can also enjoy the Sly Fox or Dread Fox which are the specialty drinks of the house made with Foxy’s own rum.
Foxy’s is well known for their legendary New Year’s parties, Old Year’s Night. Revelers come from all around the world to enjoy the two-day festivities with feature live bands, incredible food and flowing drinks. Plan to arrive several days before New Year’s Eve to anchor in the harbor, which fills up quickly.
One Love Bar and Grill
A little beach bar and grill with a lot of ambiance, patrons come to One Love to relax on a beach chair while sipping the bar’s specialty, Bushwhackerz. Visitors drop anchor and enjoy lunch which includes delicious entrees such as Shark and Johnny Cakes as well as Lobster Quesadilla, BBQ ribs with corn on the cob with cinnamon and brown sugar. Come hear some of the best Reggae on the island as well as hear the enchanting sounds of Jost van Dyke’s own Ruben Chinnery and his twelve string guitar every Saturday.
Soggy Dollar Bar
This beach bar open since the 70s, is best known for creating and serving the infamous cocktail called the “Painkiller,” a mix of rum, orange juice, cream of coconut and nutmeg. Boaters drop anchor, then swim to shore where they pay for their order with their wet money (although, the owners recently added a road). Soggy Dollar Bar a great place to spend time while sipping a cocktail relaxing in a hammock tied between two palm trees. Yacht charter guests will also find lots of bar games to amuse themselves, especially the ring and hook game, said to be originated by Blackbeard the pirate and his crew.
The Bubbly Pool
The Bubbly Pool is a unique, natural geological wonder on the east side of Jost Van Dyke. The Bubbly Pool, right beside Diamond Cay, can be experienced when the surf and swells are up. It is a small cove with tall rocks and when waves break over them, a rush of bubbling white water from the wave top goes into the pool filling it with foaming, white, swirling jets of sea water, a natural Jacuzzi!
If you are searching for an idyllic and relaxing destination like those featured in country musician Kenny Chesney’s videos, then a BVI vacation to Jost Van Dyke is what you want. The island was featured in the song “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems” and mentioned by name in the lyrics to “Somewhere in the Sun.” So get “up and run to another life somewhere in the sun” at Jost Van Dyke.
There are no ATM’s on the entire island, so bring enough cash. Walking between the main “town” of Great Harbor, up over the hill to White Bay is a tranquil short walk, granting spectacular views from Tortola all the way across St. John to St. Thomas in the distance. You can pretty much go to anywhere by foot, but can rent 4x4s or other vehicles from the locals.