If you’re sailing the BVI, I’m willing to bet you’re making a stop on Jost Van Dyke. You should be at least…it’s BEAUTIFUL! It’s a tiny little island and most day visitors are really just on a mission to get to the Soggy Dollar, but if you’re on a boat, or even staying on St. John or Tortola, plan to stay on the island for a couple of days. There are plenty of things to do on Jost Van Dyke that make it much more than just a day trip. I’m going to tell you about my favorites. I’ll also give you a few pointers on where to stay if you’re going to be on the island.
Things to Do on Jost Van Dyke
Beach bar hop on White Bay. This is the number one thing to do on Jost Van Dyke and believe me, it will live up to the hype. What Bay has the whitest sand, the bluest water, and the best views you’ll find anywhere in the BVI. And there are plenty of beach bars to choose from, with the Soggy Dollar of course being the most popular. Read this post for a breakdown of the 9 best beach bars on Jost Van Dyke.
Karaoke night at Foxy’s. Foxy’s is a Jost Van Dyke institution and THE place to be every night but when it’s karaoke night (usually Wednesdays), you don’t want to miss it. Make reservations for dinner and the bar will be hopping. You’ll hear some of your favorite Kenny Chesney songs before the dance party starts and then it’s everybody on the floor! Karaoke is more of an audience participation kind of affair as everybody ends up dancing and singing together. Trust me-you’ll want to join in. Ivan’s has their BBQ grill and karaoke night on Thursdays so hit that one as well.
Bubbly Pool: One of the only hikes on Jost Van Dyke will lead you to the Bubbly Pool, a natural phenomenon that will feel like your very own spa if you time your visit right. I didn’t time my visit right (I think it was low tide) so the Bubble Pool was more like a tiny puddle but it was still pretty neat! Water rushes in from the ocean through the rocks and fills the pool up with bubbles. To start your hike, park behind Foxy’s Taboo ad follow the shore around (to the east) until you pick up a trail through the trees. It’s fairly well cleared and marked (there’s also signs to avoid poisonous trees) and it’ll turn rocky right before you reach the pools. Just use caution and don’t get too close to the rocks. After your hike, have some pizza or appetizers at Foxy’s Taboo or there’s also a little bakery right there. If you’re coming by boat, you can use the dinghy dock at Foxy’s Taboo.
The next three spots can only be reached by boat. If you’re not on a boat, you can rent a dinghy, which will be more than capable of getting you to all of the spots. We rented ours from Dave (he’s the chef at Foxy’s and all of the locals seem to know he rents out a couple of dinghies so it’s easy enough to procure his number) and picked it up at the dock in Great Harbor in front of Corsair’s. You’ll also see flyers and rack cards all over the island for rentals.
Sandy Cay: If you’re looking for a picturesque beach with few croweds, check out Sandy Cay just off of Jost Van Dyke. It has a beautiful beach and some nature trails and it’s a great spot for photos as well as to lay out and enjoy the sunshine for a couple of hours.
Sandy Spit: Even smaller than Sandy Cay, Sandy Spit is just what it sounds like, a sandy spit in the middle of the ocean. A pristine white beach (with perfect little pockets for beach combing) is home to one lone palm tree and the opportunity to feel like a true castaway.
Little Jost Van Dyke: Just a stone’s through from Jost Van Dyke is Little Jost Van Dyke and really the only thing here is the Beeline beach bar. It’s a great sop if you’re on a boat for the day. Have a cold drink with your feet in the sand while you play a bar game or two.
Top of the Island: There’s a great overlook above White Bay that can be reached via a VERY steep road. It’s just a little dirt road heading back up the island from the small road in White Bay (behind Soggy Dollar). Ask around for directions if you can’t find it but if you have a car, it’s definitely worth the drive up.
Where to Stay on Jost Van Dyke
So now you can see that there’s definitely enough to do for at least a couple of days on Jost Van Dyke. If you’re not staying on a boat, here are a few places to stay on the island:
Evening Star Villas: This is where I stayed and I’d highly recommend it. It’s on the very top of the island and the views are ah-mazing. The only downside is you have to drive to the beach.
Ivan’s Stress Free Campground: If you’re willing to go rustic, Ivan’s is right on White Bay. We looked into staying here and the cabins looked nice but they had a shared bathroom.
Sandcastle Hotel: Located at the Soggy Dollar, the Sandcastle Hotel has two oceanfront cottages, two garden cottages, and two standard rooms with A/C. Each cottage has its own enclosed outdoor shower. All guests here have to be 16+. The pro here is you’re steps away from beautiful White Bay and those famous painkillers. The drawback is it’s always crowded and busy.
Pink House Villas: Also on White Bay (but o a secluded end) are the Pink House Villas. The property includes two 3-bedroom/3-bathroom houses right on the beach. If I were coming with a group, I would definitely stay here.
So now, head off and squeeze a couple of days on Jost Van Dyke into your BVI vacation! You won’t regret it. Have you been to Jost Van Dyke before? Did you stay on a boat or on the island? What did you think? Come on over to Facebook and tell me!