Most Beautiful Beaches, Most Fun Bars
Part 1 – Jost Van Dyke
The British Virgin Islands (BVI), also known as “Natures little secrets”, are comprised of over 40 islands and cays that, along with the US Virgin Islands create an area of protected water between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Navigation is line of sight and there’s just enough time between anchorages to have lunch and a few cool drinks.
Jost Van Dyke (JVD), named after a Dutch pirate, boasts, in my opinion, one the most beautiful and fun beaches in the Caribbean at White Bay. This is the kind of beach you dream about – soft, white sand, a protective outlying reef that’s good for snorkeling, gin clear water and great beach bars ashore.
The Soggy Dollar Bar is one of my favorite BVI beach bars. Although White Bay is normally a calm beach, in winter a ground swell occurs occasionally and dinghy landings are sometimes less than graceful. Many take an unexpected plunge thus making their dollars soggy but still accepted at the bar.
The Soggy Dollar Bar is the home of the Painkiller, a potent, fruity cocktail that just goes down perfectly (for some, too easily) in this lush, tropical setting. It’s normally made with Pusser’s Rum but I find that rum too harsh so I order it with Cruzan Gold – scrumptious! They also serve a killer flying fish sandwich. Tastes like chicken!
On the east side of the beach is Ivan’s Stress Free Bar where you can truly decompress while enjoying his honor bar and the serene surroundings.
The next bay to the east is Great Harbor and, although the beach isn’t as lovely as White Bay, there’s much fun to be had ashore. No visit to the BVI or Jost Van Dyke would be complete without a visit to Great Harbor and Foxy’s Tamarind Bar and Grill. Foxy is notorious for his New Year’s Eve parties that have been going on for many, many years. Some charterers come down for the week ONLY to be able to experience this phenomenally great time. The bar could soon see a self-serve Wine Dispenser Machine or self service machines for other alcohol so that the many, many patrons can get a drink without having to jostle among the crowd or wait to get one. Maybe. It requires you to spend more days at anchor in Great Harbor as you have to arrive early to get a good spot but it’s a heck of a show!
Sandy Spit and Sandy Cay are two small islands just off the southeast tip of Jost Van Dyke. They are uninhabited with no facilities or bars ashore but about as idyllic as it gets – sugary sand, clear aquamarine water with amazing views of the surrounding islands. Take your picnic ashore and feel like your stranded on your own deserted island. Then swim back to your private charter yacht and take a nice afternoon nap! Just another day in Paradise on your Caribbean yacht charter. Call me to start planning YOUR adventure. 340.690.1121
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