Jost Van Dyke is an island in the British Virgin Islands. An easy and beautiful sail from Tortola and the home of the notorious rum Painkiller.
Getting In: The only way to get to Jost Van Dyke is by sea. Ferries run daily to Great Harbour, home of the largest settlement, from West End in Tortola. If visiting from the U.S. Virgin Islands, ferries run from St. Thomas, USVI (with a stop in Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI) and continue to Jost Van Dyke. Ferry schedules vary from season to season. But this service from St. Thomas and St. John generally runs Monday – Wednesday and then Friday – Sunday with an early morning departure getting visitors to Jost around 10AM and a return to the USVI’s departing from Jost van Dyke around 3:30PM.
A valid passport is required for entry.
Jost Van Dyke
For travelers from around the world, Jost Van Dyke—or simply JVD—stands as a symbol of casual freedom.
JVD is four miles long, and is truly the “barefoot” island known by travelers around the world for its casual lifestyle, beachfront restaurants and bars, protected anchorages and fine beaches. Stunning tropical isles share a vibrant beauty similar to Green Cay and Sandy Spit.
This well known harbour spotlights traditional lobster feasts, the “Soggy Dollar” bar and is conveniently located a short stroll away from a bypass road.
Other favorite nearby attractions are ‘Bubbly Pool’ at Foxy’s Taboo Bar & Restaurant, tropical isle, Little Jost Van Dyke and Diamond Cay, known as the smallest National Park.
The only way to travel to Jost Van Dyke is by sea. Ferries run daily to Great Harbour, home of the largest settlement, from West End in Tortola.
If visiting from the U.S. Virgin Islands, ferries run from St. Thomas, USVI (with a stop in Cruz Bay, St. John, USVI) and continue to Jost Van Dyke.
Ferry schedules vary from season to season. But this service from St. Thomas and St. John generally runs Friday through Sunday with an early morning departure getting visitors to Jost around 9 AM. Returning to the USVI’s from Jost van Dyke, departing is generally around 3:30PM. A valid passport is required for entry.
Ferry costs are reasonable and include any fees required for entry into the BVI’s from the USVI’s. For example, the cost for the ferry from St. John USVI to Jost van Dyke is $100 USD per person round trip, including customs fees. There is an additional $5 departure fee per person from St. John.
Dolphin Water Shuttle runs daily from the US Virgin Islands (340-774-BOAT).
For those with their own boat, you can travel to Jost Van Dyke and pick up a mooring for the night in Great Harbour, Little Harbour or White Bay. White Bay is a popular daytime anchorage and may not be comfortable and/or safe overnight under some conditions. Diamond Cay on the north side of the island has moorings as well.
From Tortola (BVI), the only ferry schedule is New Horizon Ferry Schedule, leaving Soper’s Hole. See Tortola to Jost Van Dyke Ferry Schedule.
U.S. citizens traveling to the British Virgin Islands are required to have either a valid passport or original birth certificate.
The best way to get to the BVI is from St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands. There are daily flights from many major US cities to St. Thomas and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Ferries are available from St. Thomas to West End, Tortola. Flights are available from San Juan to Tortola and from San Juan to St. Thomas. Then take the ferry to West End Tortola and another ferry from West End to Jost Van Dyke. Water taxies are available from St. Thomas directly to Jost Van Dyke, which is easier and more convenient.
Flights To The BVI
JetBlue Airways is a reasonable way to travel from New York to San Juan or St. Thomas
Cape Air flies from San Juan to Tortola
American Airlines also offers daily flights to San Juan – with connections to Tortola – and St. Thomas
The best gateways from Europe to the Caribbean are in Antigua and St. Maarten. Connections from these gateways can be made with Liat Airlines.
Ferry schedule to the BVI
*Occasionally connections from San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Antigua can be extremely difficult.
For travel between St. Thomas & Tortola.
Native Son Inc.
Road Town Fast Ferry
Smith’s Ferry Services
Regularly scheduled ferry services from Great Harbor are available to get you from Jost Van Dyke to some of the surrounding islands. Check out New Horizon Ferry Services for more information.
Upon arrival at the Jost Van Dyke Ferry Terminal Ocean View Villas now offering jeep rental with the Villa, we have two four door Grand Vitara Jeep, that comes with the house. ( Please email us about price for the jeep). for those who are not renting we can arrange for land taxi transportation from the ferry to your villa upon request. Upon arrival to the villa, your Host will give you a tour of your villa and provide the keys.
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