Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the BVI at about three square miles, and lies just five miles northwest of Tortola. It is volcanic and mountainous, as are the other islands in this Caribbean archipelago. This gorgeous pristine island has very few residents – reportedly less than 300 souls actually live there, most of them in Great Harbor. All of the visiting tourists add to the daily population, and there are several methods of getting there.
There are many private boats for rental in the region, and one we recommend is Simon at firstname.lastname@example.org or 284-496-7935. There is also a regular ferry over from the West End Ferry dock on Tortola with departures several times through the day for $25 per adult and $15 for a child (call ahead to get the specific details from New Horizon Ferry Service at 284-495-9278 or 9477). The ferry takes you to Great Harbor with its exciting strip of beach bars and restaurants, with one of the most notorious being Foxy’s Bar, noted for its fabulous New Year’s Eve party. This festive event, also called “Old Year’s Night” brings in record numbers of celebrants – some say in the thousands!
East of Great Harbor is Little Harbour, with several restaurants that specialize in fabulous lobster dinners. Wst of Great Harbor is the other well known destination on Jost Van Dyke, White Bay, home of the Soggy Dollar Bar and other fun beach bars. Boaters anchor off the beach and swim into shore, thereby paying for the drinks or “Painkillers” with wet money or “soggy dollars”. With your favorite beverage in hand, be sure to try the Ring Game attached to one of the coconut trees just outside the bar. There is always someone playing, just swing the rope with the ring on it and aim for the hook on the tree. For $35 you can take home your own Soggy Dollar Ring Game to play in your own backyard.