Why go to Jost Van Dyke?
Fun bars like Foxy's and Soggy Dollar, white sand beaches and water sports
Not much to do other than sun worshipping; narrow beaches can get crowded
Sip Painkillers and lounge in the sun on this laid-back little island
Jost Van Dyke Cruise Port Facilities?
The mountainous, compact Jost Van Dyke, just four miles long, is one of the Caribbean's true getaway spots, with nary a posh resort or casino in sight.
Great Harbour is the more "developed" side of the island, with numerous wood-shack eateries like Christine's Bakery (try the coconut bread) and open-air cafes and bars like Corsairs. (Say hello to "Pizza Dave," who mans the pizza oven during the dinner rush.) There is a beach volleyball court for impromptu games. The most famous attraction on Jost is Foxy's Tamarind Bar and Restaurant, a sprawling open-air bar in Great Harbour that offers live entertainment, wacky celebrations and OK bar food. It's a big yachters destination.
More peaceful is White Bay, where Ivan's Stress Free Bar and the Soggy Dollar Bar are located. There are also lines of lounge chairs, at no charge.
Good to Know?
Jost Van Dyke is a safe little community. Your biggest worry should be protecting yourself from sunburn as you frolic on the beach or hike from one of Jost's bays to the other.
On Foot: Easy. At White Bay, which is divided in two by a crop of rocks, use the beach to walk from Ivan's Stress Free Bar to the Soggy Dollar side. Bear in mind that you have to negotiate a rocky path to cross this stretch, so wear shoes. At Great Harbour, there's a roadway (sometimes a sand roadway) that runs along the harbor, and all the cafes and bars front that.
By Taxi: Not really necessary unless you don't want to walk from one bay to another. Ask a bartender to call one for you or look for one at the dock at Great Harbour. (The two-mile walk between bays is hilly and not recommended for anyone with a mobility issue.)
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
There is no ATM or bank on the island, so be sure to bring cash and your credit card. U.S. dollars are the official currency of the British Virgin Islands.