Best Virgin Islands Beach Bars
The Virgin Islands is overflowing with great beach bars on the world’s most beautiful beaches. Some are a little wild, some are family friendly, and some are totally laid back, with a “come as you are, stay as long as you want” attitude. The best Virgin Islands beach bars are legendary. The King of laid back bars is Ivan’s Stress Free Bar and Campground.
Located on the east end of White Bay on Jost Van Dyke, this place is simplicity personified, but don’t let it’s laid back vibe fool you–Ivan knows how to host a wicked good party! The structure of the building is phenomenal–bits of coral and millions of sea shells adorn the bar’s walls and ceilings. Along with a collage of flags, t-shirts, bikini tops and license plates from every part of the world, you’ll find pictures of visiting celebrities mixed in with snapshots of long-time frequent visitors.
Ivan’s unofficially opened for business when the easygoing and gregarious Ivan Chinnery left a cooler with beers alongside the legendary “small box and notepad,” effectively making Ivan’s an “honor bar.” When you’re having a drink at Ivan’s, you get behind the bar and serve yourself…and anyone else who’s hanging around. Just make a note of your drink on the notepad, and when you leave the bar, pay for what you drank according to the price scribbled on the wall.
The popularity of Ivan’s stress-free lifestyle continues to draw people from near and far, eager to serve up their own beers, painkillers and rum punches. Around the honor bar is a campground featuring electricity, a public phone, food, water, a community style kitchen and sleeping quarters where you can sleep off your rum induced haze. You can stay for an afternoon, or a month…it’s no problem.
Meet Ivan Chinnery
A seventh-generation native of Jost Van Dyke, Ivan Chinnery is a world renowned musician and is said to be the island’s top guitar player. Ivan often plays at the bar with some of his friends, including Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffet and Keith Richards. In fact, Kenny Chesney even hosted Ivan on stage during several of his sold-out concerts in the US. Ivan also played tambourine on Kenny Chesney’s music video of his hit song, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems,” which was shot at Ivan’s and based on the time Kenny spent there. A true musician himself, Ivan started the “Ever Changing International All-Star Band,” where local and visiting musicians get together for jam sessions on random weeknights and almost every weekend–the coolest part is that you never know who will join him on stage!
Truly, there’s no place more welcoming than Ivan’s Stress Free Bar. Spend a day or a month, and leave all your worries at the door!