Jost Van Dyke

Pronounced Jost Van Dyke, this island is another one of those very sleepy islands in the British Virgin Islands and has 4 anchorages. Jost Van Dyke has one of the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean and is home to the famous Foxy’s Beach Bar.
Having a population of about 300, Jost Van Dyke is a quiet place compared to its height in the mid 1800’s when its population was about 1200. There are many bars and restaurants in the bays with White bay being visited regularly by Kenny Chesney.

Great Harbor

1 JOST VAN DYKEAnchorage at Great Jost

This is the largest harbor on Jost Van Dyke and is also the capital, it is also a port of entry with customs and immigration located at the dock in the middle of the beach.

To the western end of the beach is the ferry dock, there are regular scheduled ferries to West End Tortola.

Regular being a loose term because not so many years ago before the newer ferries (also a loose term) were commissioned, the old girls were named “When” and “Sometime”, a good reflection of the laid back lifestyle on Jost Van Dyke.

Over on the eastern end of the beach is another small jetty that leads to Foxy’s. Foxy Callwood is a long known entertainer who would sit at his bar and sing to his guests, he was very topical and would ask where you came from then he would sing about your local politics, or football.

It didn’t seem to matter what little random town in whatever part of the world, he knew the local gossip! Unfortunately a few years ago he got throat cancer and does not sing as much as he used to, but he does on occasion.

He collected a very large world wide following, so much so that New Years Eve at Foxy’s has become legendary and was voted to be in the top 10 places on earth to have spent new years for the turn of the century 2000. His restaurant serves mostly local Caribbean fare with regular band music and much dancing into the night.

Great harbor has many small restaurants and bars lining its shores and the main street is just a sand track. There are no provisions here but ice is available, follow the signs from the customs jetty. There are some overnight moorings in the harbor, the water depth just off the beach is very shallow so be aware. Anchoring is either in shallow on the sand in 10 to 15 feet or out deep in 70 feet.

In close to the shore there always seems to be many boats anchored too close together, out deep the holding is absolutely crappy, in 70 feet I have on many occasions had trouble with 300 feet of chain holding. The bottom out here is oozing mud so the anchor and first 50 feet of chain can be deep in the mud but even a moderate blow can have you still dragging. I have on several occasions re anchored boats that have no one on board and have dragged to the shore. Not the best place to sit in a blow.

Little Jost Van Dyke

Little Jost on Jost Van Dyke, BVI Bar on Jost, BVI

Little Jost Van Dyke. This is an interesting area of Jost Van Dyke. Little Jost Van Dyke sits on the north eastern tip of Jost and is separated by a small channel.

This channel is shallow enough to walk over and there are remains of a concrete landing craft dock on little Jost. You can pull your dingy up on the channel side of the dock and wander around.

Following the channel edge around there is the remains of an old brothel, I have on occasion seen turtle tracks on the beach here where turtles have come ashore and laid eggs. On the Jost side of the channel there is a bar and restaurant, there is also a small docking area but be warned, water is available on the dock here but its about the same price as liquid gold!

Continuing along Jost Van Dyke

Following the channel towards the back of the island on this side, you will come across the trail to the Bubbly Pool, this is an area that has a large pool of water that has waves come crashing into when the north swell is large.
Bubbly Pool is an attraction that is well visited but has come under a lot of criticism due to the fact that on a couple of occasions people have been sucked out to sea on returning waves, this has resulted in drownings. Please be very cautious on days when the pools are working hard.

Sandy spit which is on the end of Little Jost Van Dyke and is another perfect picture place. It has long been used in Corona ads and Playboy swim suit editions. If the seas are up there can be much wave action on the beach that can make landing a dingy tricky. Sandy Cay is a bit further south and is also a pretty spot, there are a few National park moorings at Sandy Cay.

There are some overnight Moorings in front of the channel between Jost and Little Jost Van Dyke, you can anchor near the mooring balls but the holding is terrible. A better place to anchor overnight is south west of the cut between Little Jost Van Dyke and Green Cay, this area is usually mostly deserted overnight. There can be good tarpon fishing here at night!

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