Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke (pronounced Yost Van Dyke) is one of sixty tropical islands that make up the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean (only 8 of these islands are actually inhabited). While one of the most famous Virgin Islands, this small mountainous island measures only about 10 square miles and has only about 150 residents. It was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, but takes its name from a 17th century Dutch pirate who used its harbor as a hideout.
Jost Van Dyke is a great choice if you’re looking for the postcard perfect Caribbean destination. Although there are times where scores of tourists coming from cruise ships to crowd the bars and beaches, the island is usually quiet and peaceful most of the time, allowing you to enjoy the island paradise vibe and local culture.
Two of the island’s best beaches are White Bay and Great Harbour. White Bay boasts crystal clear, calm and warm waters great for swimming and snorkeling. Its soft, white sandy beach has plenty of restaurants and bars that you can visit when you’re not sunbathing and working on your tan. To reach the beach, you have to take a boat and swim ashore upon arrival.
Other fun water activities on Jost Van Dyke include the Bubbly Pool at Diamond Cay. This geological wonder is one of the British Virgin Islands best kept secrets. The rock formation on the island’s northern coast funnels the waves through a narrow passage into a natural pool, forming bubbles as the waves wash in, transforming the pool into a saltwater Jacuzzi.
If you’re looking for exotic Caribbean cuisine, Jost Van Dyke doesn’t disappoint. The island is home to amazing restaurants and dining venues serving a variety of cuisines that include local seafood delicacies. Most notable restaurants are Foxy’s, Foxy’s Taboo, and Ali Baba’s at Great Harbour; Jewel’s Snack Shack at White Bay, and Sidney’s Peace and Love at Little Harbour. Famous beach bars that are really fun to visit include Soggy Dollar, One Love Bar, Ivan’s Stress Free Bar, and of course, Foxy’s.
If your Virgin Islands vacation falls around Memorial Day, you can watch Foxy’s Annual Wooden Boat Regatta. This four-day celebration draws wooden yachts from all over the Caribbean to compete in the races, and the sea is filled with gorgeous boats with sails at full mast.
Jost Van Dyke is an idyllic island paradise with best beaches, restaurants, friendly residents and a laid back way of life. Discover this tranquil retreat in your next trip to the Virgin Islands.