Jost Van Dyke (Photo:Mark Zannoni/Shutterstock)
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By Cruise Critic Staff

Port of Jost Van Dyke

Part of the British Virgin Islands, Jost (pronounced Yost) Van Dyke has a reputation as the Caribbean's party capital, and for good reason. Watering holes like the Soggy Dollar, Foxy's, Corsairs and Ivan's Stress Free Bar attract yachts and sailboats from around the region, offering a little camaraderie over cocktails.

Other than bars and beaches, there's not much to do on Jost, which at three square miles is the smallest of the BVI's four main islands. And that's just fine with most visitors who come to this undeveloped spot to relax and have a good time. The two areas where cruise ship passengers usually visit -- Great Harbour and White Bay -- have only minimum services. Stores and shops cater mostly to yachters who come for provisioning; the island population numbers approximately 300. Day-trippers from Tortola abound. The cruise lines that make Jost Van Dyke a port of call are mostly luxury and small ship lines like Seabourn Cruise Line and Windstar Cruises.

One thing that Jost Van Dyke does offer is water sports. The Caribbean Sea is particularly gorgeous around the BVI, as evidenced by its popularity among divers. While outfitters are limited, you can arrange snorkeling, sailing, speedboating and stand-up paddleboarding excursions or even rent your own dinghy for the day. Try BVI Sea & Land Adventure Sports or Jost Van Dyke Scuba.

About Jost Van Dyke


Pro

Fun bars like Foxy's and Soggy Dollar, white sand beaches and water sports

Con

Not much to do other than sun worshipping; narrow beaches can get crowded

Bottom Line

Sip Painkillers and lounge in the sun on this laid-back little island


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Where You're Docked

You'll be anchored and tendered ashore to one of two bays: White Bay or Great Harbour. (The two are connected by a hilly roadway, and intrepid hikers can walk the two-mile stretch.) Neither terminal has any facilities to speak of.

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.

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.

Language

English is the official language of Jost Van Dyke.

Shopping

Foxy's Foxhole Boutique in Great Harbour sells the locally made Foxy's Firewater Island Rum. This is the only place in the world where you can buy a bottle.

Best Cocktail

The Painkiller. Legend has it that this delicious (and potent) cocktail was invented by bartenders at Jost's Soggy Dollar Bar. It's made with Pusser's dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice and orange juice and topped with freshly grated nutmeg.