Jost Van Dyke could be the tropical island of your dreams. This lush coral-sand island lies 3 miles to the northwest of Tortola. It is largely unspoiled, and as a result, Jost Van Dyke is a popular destination for sailors, beach lovers, and sun-seekers from around the world.
What’s more, Jost Van Dyke is home to the world-famous Foxy’s and Foxy’s Wooden Boat Regatta. Certainly, this establishment is a must-visit on your yacht charter vacation in the British Virgin Islands. Enjoy a Pain-Killer at the Soggy Dollar Bar at White Bay then be entertained at Foxy’s into the early hours of the morning.
Hot and humid with occasional rain showers characterizes the weather on Jost Van Dyke. Moderate winds help cool the heat. Note that even on cloudy days the UV index may be high thus increasing your chances of getting a sunburn.
Places to See
- White Bay is said to be one of the best beaches in the Virgin Islands. This pristine white beach indeed invokes images of Gilligan’s Island. Also, White Bay’s swimming pool calm waters are perfect for swimming or for simply floating on a mat. There is good snorkeling at White Bay while the best reefs are at Diamond Cay and the surrounding out-islands of Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit, Green Cay, and Little Jost Van Dyke.
- Dive Sites. The best and closest dive sites are at the Playground, between Green Cay and Little Jost, and Twin Towers, north of Little Jost. The Playground is a pretty place to explore, while the Twin Towers is an unusual area consisting of two large monolithic rock formations rising from 90 feet. The Twin Towers site is recommended for advanced divers.
- Bubbly Pool. The Bubbly Pool is a geological fun spot located on the east side of the island. The pool is like a natural Jacuzzi that “bubbles” when the wave action is just right. However, if you visit when the water is calm, it is still a beautiful spot to swim and explore.
Things to Do
- Shop. Although there are no large shops on the island, there are many quaint boutiques to browse around when you’ve had enough sun and sand. Besides the shops listed here, many of the local restaurants and bars sell gifts and souvenirs. In Great Harbour, you’ll find jewelry, crafts, and gifts at Wendell’s World. Jost Van Dyke Scuba is the place to find dive and snorkel gear as well as books and gifts. The Ice House on Backstreet offers handmade Christmas ornaments, used paperbacks, and locally made jams, jellies, and salad dressings. The Fox Hole at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar has all the Foxy’s-inspired items you need, as well as Foxy’s firewater rum.
- Dine. Try Corsairs in Great Harbour is open for breakfast lunch and dinner. Corsairs cook up Northern Italian cuisine, plus TexMex with a Caribbean twist and Monster Lobsters. If you’re feeling brave, try one of the specialty drinks such as “Wench Juice” or “Voodoo Juice”. Soggy Dollar Bar and White Bay Sandcastle Restaurant in White Bay. Known by sailors around the world, the Soggy Dollar Bar is a must-see while on Jost Van Dyke. Indeed, this is a great place to people-watch. Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar and Restaurant in White Bay is a local iconic restaurant sure to refresh your mind and spirit. One Love Bar and Grill in White Bay is one of Jost Van Dyke’s must-visit bars and restaurants. The One Love Bar is perfect for relaxing and enjoying a cool drink, coupled with listening to some live reggae music. This is definitely a “no shoes, no shirt, no problem” kind of place!
Marinas and Anchorages
- North Latitude Marina. Located in Great Harbour. Easy access this makes this marina a favorite of boaters to fill up with fuel, water, and provisions.
- Diamond Cay. 10 available moorings. Pay onshore at Foxy’s Taboo.
- Great Harbour. Good anchoring and 25 mooring balls.
- Little Harbour. The anchorage has about 20 mooring balls and a few good spots for snorkeling.
- White Bay. Gorgeous spot for anchoring.
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