|Welcome to Jost Van Dyke|
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The island of Jost Van Dyke, population 180, has long been known for its picturesque beachfront Caribbean villages and laid back, friendly locals. Step back in time and experience the Caribbean the way it used to be. A ‘Rip Van Winkle’ just awakening from decades of sleep, Jost Van Dyke is one of nature's unique little secrets. In fact, automobiles, roads, electricity and phone service have only been introduced in the last decade (late 1995) and Public Water Services finally arrived in White Bay this year (2006)! Even so, this sparsely populated Caribbean island maintains its traditional West Indian atmosphere. On Jost Van Dyke, we consider two goats blocking the road a traffic jam! Even today, stepping off the boat on Jost is like stepping back in time. JVD is also known by world travelers as “the Barefoot Island” because of the laid-back and casual lifestyle of the locals and the fact that we normally don’t wear shoes here!
Jost Van Dyke is an island unlike any other. We have no casinos, crime, poverty, unemployment, and no one asks you for money or tries to sell you anything. It’s a true Caribbean paradise. What we lack in population and “modern-life,” we make up for with resplendent living coral reefs, live music, culture, many outdoor, nature-based activities and World-class Scuba diving! Resting in the hammocks, reading a good book and listening to the ocean is one popular option for tourists and locals alike. No one is in a hurry on Jost Van Dyke… so take off your watch and enjoy island time!
Jost Van Dyke is a small, mountainous island of just four by two rugged miles. It rises out of the blue Caribbean Sea to 1054 feet and is surrounded by stunning coral reefs and beautiful white sand beaches. JVD is located just 3 miles from Tortola, 5 from St John, and 9 from St Thomas. There are 3 main villages on Jost: Great Harbour, White Bay, and Little Harbour. In addition, there is the secluded Sandy Ground Estates property, a few families settled on the East End, and a new development called Diamond Cay Marina (even though it is actually on Jost Van Dyke‘s East End).
Great Harbour is a classic beachside West Indian village lined with small beach bars, cafes, gift shops and coconut palms. The Main Street runs along the bay and is all sand just like it has been for centuries. This deep, protected harbour is a popular anchorage for the many sailboats that stay on Jost Van Dyke overnight, for days, or even weeks. It is also the location of the Ferry dock, Customs, Immigration, the Post Office, and Jost Van Dyke Scuba & BVI Eco-tours dive shop, boutique, and Internet center.
Although Foxy’s hosts reggae musicians from all over the World for various festivals and their “Annual Wooden Boat Regatta,” on New Year’s Eve this small island is transformed into one of the best parties on the planet with the likes of 10,000 people and 600-700 yachts! Hotel and villa reservations are taken years in advance! Most people come to this event by sailboat or they ferry over for the festivities from St Thomas, St John, and Tortola. As far as Caribbean celebrations go, this one is the most unique among all the islands — a must do!
White Bay is one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean! It makes the Top 10 or 20 beaches in the world every single year! Perhaps White Bay is most well known as the birthplace of the Soggy Dollar Bar’s “Painkiller” — an ‘addictive’ and deadly Rum, Coconut, and juice concoction that truly does kill the pain! The Soggy Dollar Bar was voted the “#1 Beach Bar in the Caribbean” in 2006 by All At Sea Magazine, a prestigious honor. They are located at the Sandcastle Resort right on the beach. Also located in White Bay is Seddy’s “One Love.” Seddy is Foxy‘s most talented son, a remarkable magician, fisherman, and one of the most fun guys to get to know on the island.
Little Harbour is a very well protected harbour where the old wooden fishing and trading sloops used to careen their vessels to clean and scrape their hulls. It has long been a destination for “Lobster Aficionados” as well. All three of the West Indian restaurants in Little Harbour have perfected the art of taking Caribbean Spiny Lobsters straight from the water, to the kitchen, to your plate!