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Jost van Dyke became our favourite island during our stay on the BVI! It's located north of Tortola and even though it's quite big there are less than 200 people living here. Life is really relaxed here and the locals are very friendly and open to visitors. This is the "Barefoot island" of the BVI, you won't need shoes here at all if you don't want to climb the hills or walk the dirt roads of the island. There's one hotel here, Sandcastle at White Bay. I am sure it's great fun to stay here, the Soggy Dollar Bar belongs to the hotel ;)
We came on a beautiful Sunday by morning ferry from Tortola's West End and immediately took a taxi to White Bay where we basically stayed the whole day. What a fantastic beach! The water here is so green, it's almost fluorescent. The beach isn't called WHITE Bay for nothing, I have never seen a whiter sand before. This would be perfect already but what makes this Bay special is that there are so many great beach bars that it's hard to stay sober when coming to White Bay. I will tell you more about them under BEACHES > WHITE BAY.
Also on Jost van Dyke there's Great Harbour. Actually this is where you arrive when coming by ferry. A small settlement, a few bars (e.g. Foxy's, the most famous bar on the BVI), a few small shops and a church with open windows, that's all there is to see. I especially liked the atmosphere with palm trees and a sandy main street!
One warning: I was told that weekends can get quite busy at JVD in high season because so many daytrippers come from the US Virgin lslands to party on White Bay. When we visited on a Sunday in November there were hungover college students and some other people, especially at the Soggy Dollar Bar, it still wasn't crowded. It was nice to not be the only ones at the bar for a change!
Directions: Half an hour by ferry from West End. Round trip costs 25 $.
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