Jost Van Dyke has a unique history and a style all its own. It is the smallest of four main islands, measuring a mere three square miles (eight square kilometers). Roach Hill is the highest point at 1054 feet (321 meters). The beaches are pure perfection and have been featured in Kenny Chesney’s country music videos and mentioned in his song “Somewhere in the Sun.”
While only 180 people make Jost Van Dyke their home, the island is a popular vacation destination, especially for British Virgin Island sailing vacations. Many people visit the island by boat charter or ferry service, arriving from Tortola and St. Thomas. The Great Harbor is one of the most visited locations on the island, especially the infamous Foxy’s Bar. Open since the late 1960’s, this hang out always has a crowd, sometimes with thousands of party-goers for “Old Year’s Night” each December 31st. The Great Harbor is so popular with the sailing community that thousands of boats enter and exit the port each year.
With being a popular Caribbean sailing destination, it is amazing that the island did not have electricity until late 1989. Up until that point, residents and tourists enjoyed the romance of torches and candlelight. Residents became innovative and resorted to generators.
Though Jost Van Dyke is only about four miles by two miles, there is still plenty to do while vacationing there. In addition to The Great Harbor, tourists enjoy the White Bay area, where one might enjoy a Painkiller drink at The Soggy Dollar. The bar got its name when boaters lowered anchor in the bay and then swam to the beach, they would pay for their drinks with soggy wet dollars!