If you’re looking for a perfect Caribbean island getaway, look no further than Jost Van Dyke. This stunning island is the smallest in the British Virgin Islands, but it is full of fun adventures for everyone, from cruisers to families.
With its beautiful sandy beaches, picturesque coves and bays, and lively bars and restaurants, there is no end to the things you can do here. Whether you’re interested in exploring the local history or trying your hand at some water sports, a visit to Jost Van Dyke is a must.
Read on for our top tips on how to make the most of your trip to this idyllic island.
A Note: I visited Jost Van Dyke on a Windstar Cruise during a familiarization trip. I love that this cruise line can maneuver their way into much smaller ports than mainstream cruises. We did several days around the British Virgin Islands and I loved every minute of it.
FAQ: The 132-seat-capacity ferry from St. Thomas (USVI) to Jost van Dyke (BVI) departs from Red Hook, approximately a 20 minute taxi ride from Charlotte Amalie. They run Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday and the round trip ticket will run you around $60. Passports are required.
The open-air taxi ride from the cruise ship port to Soggy Dollar Bar runs around $5 each way.
The Local Culture at Jost van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke is steeped in history, and a visit to this island wouldn’t be complete without learning about its unique culture. Head to the historic Great Harbour, where you’ll find the famous Foxy’s Tamarind Bar.
This legendary bar has welcomed visitors from around the world for over 50 years and built a reputation for its laid-back atmosphere and live music. It is named after the larger-than-life Foxy, known for his legendary hospitality and creating the birthplace of the BVI’s Yachting tourism industry.
You can enjoy delicious food and drink while experiencing local customs, including conch fritters and pan seared mahi mahi with creole sauce.
There are several special events and the big games, though every night is a party. Foxy’s also serves lunch and dinner, with Friday and Saturday nights offering their Famous Beach BBQ. There is a second Foxy’s location in Diamond Cay.
The Ever Famous Painkiller
Of course, a Painkiller at the world famous beach bar, Soggy Dollar, should be at the top of your list! This legendary bar was named after sailors who paid with soggy dollars after swimming ashore from their boats.
Today, visitors – including the rich and famous, plus tourists – still flock to the beach to sample the bar’s famous drinks.
What is a painkiller? Painkillers were made famous by the Soggy Dollar Bar and Pusser’s Rum, a dark rum with unique spices, pineapple juice, OJ, and cream of coconut. Fresh grated nutmeg is another star ingredient that makes this a standout. The Bushwhacker is another island fave.
Soggy Dollar Bar
Located on White Bay, one of the British Virgin Island’s most beautiful beaches, Soggy Dollar attracts visitors from all over. The bar runs like a well-oiled machine, with friendly and quick bartenders. There are several different seating areas, with plenty of beach chairs and loungers to accommodate the cruise ship crowds.
Soggy Dollar proclaims that you can’t live on rum alone, so try some of their delicious food. I had a Chicken Roti (sandwich) with mango chutney and fries. It was so good! Fish ‘n Chips is another popular item.
There is even a gift shop where you can take home souvenirs and logo apparel.
Hiking at Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke features some surprisingly mountainous terrain, making hiking a perfect option for those who want to explore the island’s natural beauty. White Bay, with its white sandy beach and lush forest, is a popular hiking destination.
Hiking the island’s steep terrain is a great way to get some exercise while experiencing the pristine beauty of the Caribbean.
Indulge in Water Sports
Whether you want to spend your days lounging on the beach or enjoying some water sports, Jost Van Dyke has something for everyone. White Bay features the island’s most popular beach and is the perfect place to soak up the sun.
The waters around Jost Van Dyke are crystal clear and perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and diving. You can rent paddleboards and kayaks to explore the calm waters, or try surfing at Josiah’s Bay in nearby Tortola.
Jost Van Dyke for the Win
Jost Van Dyke may be small, but it is mighty in its range of offerings. Whether you are looking for adventure, relaxation, or a bit of island fun, this is the perfect place to visit.
Book your trip to Jost Van Dyke and discover all the island has to offer!
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