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.
Aptly named, spacious Great Harbour is sheltered by small mountains. An ample, but sometimes difficult anchorage holding, Great Harbour has moorings as well as an easy entrance down the center. Avoid the large reef extending 300 yards from the beach.
Located at Great Harbour, Customs (494-3430)
Police Department (495-9345) (white building)
>Ferries go to and from Soper’s Hole on Tortola’s West End. Another ferry connects St. Thomas via St. John.
Primary Dining Area
Main Street (Beach)
Named for its long and lovely white sand beach, White Bay is protected by extensive reefs. This hideaway favors sea breezes, hammocks and beach strolls. White Bay is quickly growing as an ideal destination for boater.
Restaurants & Bars
Soggy Dollar Bar
Located at the Sandcastle, Soggy Dollar Bar got its name from the soggy condition of the dollar bills from sailors who swam ashore.
The infamous native drink “Painkiller” is a frozen delight made strong with dark rum, 4 parts pineapple juice, 1 part orange juice and 1 part Coco Lopez (sweetened cream of coconut) sprinkled on top with fresh ground nutmeg.
It is illegal in the BVI not to try its most famous drink!
One Love Bar and Grill
Up the beach past the Sandcastle, One Love Bar and Grill is a great spot for hanging out! Don’t miss the Shark and Johnny Cakes (made to order) for lunch. Other favorites are Lobster Quesadillas and BBQ ribs with cinnamon and brown sugar corn on the cob.
Gertrude’s Beach Bar
Beach Bar dining offering excellent wings, sodas, beer and mixed drinks.
Additionally, Gertrude’s is a great place to get your hair braided on the island
Bungalows available for rent.
Hendo's Hideout Restaurant
Hendo's Hideout is a great place to have a meal in a comfortable, relaxing setting so it is a great addition to the dining options on Jost that were a bit limited or more on the "fast food" side.
A good anchorage with moorings as well, Little Harbour is famous for their lobster feasts!
Sandy Spit & Sandy Cay
Sandy Spit is a superb anchorage with excellent snorkeling, especially near the shallow wall off the south shore.
The Playground, off Green Cay’s ocean-side is an exciting dive site spotlighting a series of pinnacles covered with brightly colored sponges and branching hydroid fans that shelter abundant marine life of young angelfish and glassy minnows patrolled by jacks, large dog snappers, schools of barracuda and huge tarpon that can sometimes be seen underneath the white foaming surf breaking at the shoreline.
Sandy Cay, about a mile to the south, has the character of an ideal tropical isle, dotted with palm trees on wide, gently sloping beaches. Experience the botanical tour featuring dramatic surf-side cliffs on its ocean side.
Westernmost , a little-visited island on the other side of Jost Van Dyke offers remote and advanced dive sites. It is a marine sanctuary known as the Caribbean’s third largest nesting seabird site for boobies, terns, long-tailed tropic birds and occupies a colony of the magnificent frigatebird.
Head to the far east end of the island to slip into the “Bubbly Pool,” a naturally-formed tidal pool.
The North swell steps down through a series of rocky ledges to the exciting Bubbly Pool, the perfect spot to visit at high tide.