As ships are moored or anchored in this port, you will be tendered ashore. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the pier to the town center.
At roughly 8 square kilometers, Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands. It was only in 1991 that electricity was introduced here.
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There's no better way to end a day than with a rum concoction on
the terrace of one of the small hotels and guest cottages along Jost
Van Dyke's south shore. Especially after a dinner of Jost Van Dyke's
famous lobster-reputed to be the best in the Caribbean.
The most frequent mooring destination is Great Harbor (or Great harbor). The beach strip around the harbor is lined with small bars and restaurants. Since the late 1960s, Foxy's Bar in Great Harbor has been a popular stop for Caribbean boaters. Foxy's and the other bars in Great Harbor now host a modest crowd year-round and are filled with thousands of partiers on New Year's Eve (locally known as "Old Year's Night"). Located in nearby White Bay is the Soggy Dollar Bar, another famous beach bar on the island. The Soggy Dollar is reputedly the birthplace of the popular drink known as the Painkiller. The Soggy Dollar bar is appropriately named because of the difficulty of navigating one's boat over the coral reef to reach the beach where the bar is located. It is a common practice for boaters to anchor beyond the reef, swim to the beach, and pay for their drinks with wet money.
A few hundred people live on Jost Van Dyke.
Walking is the easiest method of transportation on the island. Paths and roads are available between each population center, bay and beach. The island is very hilly and can be muddy in the frequent rainstorms, so it's not the easiest place for those with disabilities, etc.
Several taxi services are available, but operate very erratically. Don't expect lightning service... plan ahead.
Walking between the tiny main "town" on Great Harbor, up over the hill to White Bay is one of more peaceful, beautiful short walks in the Caribbean, allowing views from Tortola all the way across St. John to St. Thomas in the distance. Shoes for this hike are advisable as the terrain is rocky. It can be done barefoot, but people usually regret this choice half-way through this hike.
JVD Scuba can set you up with ecotours, kayak rentals and dives.
The U.S. Dollar is the currency of Jost Van Dyke. Most establishments take major credit cards.
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