If you’ve ever listened to a Kenny Chesney song, you know that Jost Van Dyke has GOT to be on your list of stops in the BVI or on your agenda for a day trip from St. John. Jost Van Dyke is famous for its beach bars. In fact, this tiny island has a quite disproportionately high number of beach bars for its size. But besides the beach bars for every day of the week, Jost Van Dyke has quite a bit of exploring opportunities to keep you busy.
Here’s a breakdown of the Jost Van Dyke beach bar situation:
Soggy Dollar Bar: This is the most famous bar on Jost Van Dyke and the #1 stop on pretty much everybody’s itinerary. The bar got its name from sailors who dropped anchor, swam ashore, and paid for their drinks with soggy dollars. Yachties and tourists alike keep the tradition alive today by jumping off their boats and swimming up for one of the Soggy Dollar’s famous Pain Killers. White Bay, which is one of the most beautiful beaches in the BVIs, is packed with boats bringing people to the Soggy Dollar everyday (many tour boats make the Soggy Dollar a stop on their route from St. John and Tortola). Soggy Dollar is a well oiled machine with great (and quick) bartenders, plenty of beach chairs, and or course, a gift shop. They usually serve a limited breakfast and lunch with appetizers from 4:30 to 6 and dinner by reservation only. Soggy Dollar is THE place to be on Jost Van Dyke when the sun’s up.
Foxy’s: Located in Great Harbor, Foxy’ is a Jost Van Dyke tradition with its namesake being a larger than life personality famous for being a legendary host and patriarch to most of the island. If Soggy Dollar is the place to be when the sun’s up, Foxy’s is the place to be when the sun goes down. Come for dinner and stay for karaoke and dancing. You won’t be sorry. Foxy’s also has a great gift shop with more than just logo wear. They also sell bikinis, cover ups, and everything you need for a great beach vacation.
Ivan’s Stress Free Bar: Located at the far end of White Bay (you’ll have to take a little trail along the rocks to get there if you’re coming from the Soggy Dollar), Ivan’s is the only bar on this section of the beach so it’s usually pretty quiet ad they have plenty of sunbeds. Come for the Thursday night BBQ and the karaoke and dancing afterwards.
One love Bar and Grill: This little hideaway is located at the opposite end of White Bay than the Soggy Dollar and therefore it usually has a much quieter and more laid back atmosphere. It’s a classic beach bar but in addition to great drinks, owner Ceddy Callwood (Foxy’s son) serves up some truly delicious grub (people go nuts over his lobster quesadillas). So get your drinks at the Soggy Dollar if you must, but go chow down at One Love.
Gertrude’s: For another option on White Bay, head to Gertrude’s (right next to the Soggy Dollar). You’ll get a very local experience here. Gertrude turned 100 this year and she’ll flat out tell you how it is. You make your own drinks here and pay by the cup so that’s always fun. They also serve lunch.
Hendo’s Hideaway: the last spot on White Bay is a new one. Hendo’s Hideaway has a slightly more upscale feel than other spots on White Bay (and by that I mean it has a wooden floor). It’s still new so they’re working out the food menu but the drinks are great and they have plenty of tables and chairs and even a few hammocks.
Corsair’s: Located on Great Bay, Corsair’s is one of the best beach bars on the island where you can actually get proper food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They’re famous for their Pirate Sandwich, which is a fried egg, peanut butter, and red onion on toast with a shot of rum, but they have plenty of other less “eccentric” options as well. I particularly like Corsair’s for breakfast.
Foxy’s Taboo: Foxy’s definitely has it down when it comes to beach bars but just for kicks, they opened up Foxy’s Taboo which is a quieter full fledged restaurant with a Mediterranean inspired menu. You’ll need reservations for dinner but I love to stop here for a late afternoon snack (the baked brie, hummus, and Mediterranean chips and salsa are all winners).
Beeline: Just across the bay from Foxy’s Taboo on Little Jost Van Dyke is the Beeline. It can only be reached by boat, which adds to the fun. It’s also cash only. This is a fun stop after a trip to Sandy Cay or Sandy Spit. There’s a small dock for dinghies.
And there you have 9 tried and true, bona fide beach bars that are just begging you to stop by. Have you been to Jost Van Dyke before? Do you have a favorite spot? Come on over to Facebook and tell me about it!