Exploring Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke, named after a famous Dutch pirate, has been a sailor's mecca for years. Great Harbour, the main port of entry, is always bobbing with sailboats and sailors coming ashore to the charming West Indian village that lines the beach with gift shops and restaurants, the most famous of which is Foxy's Tamarind Bar.
Mountainous and sparsely populated, this island hide-away is just a short ferry ride from Tortola's west end. Offering one pristine white beach, appropriately name White Bay and several diverse snorkelling sites including Sandy and Green Cays - small little islands just to the east - this idyllic island is not only a favourite watering hole, but a place for underwater marine enthusiasts as well.
A hike over the hill from Great Harbour will put you in Little Harbour, a smaller bay with several seafood restaurants. Diamond Cay is another attraction with a small seaside restaurant and a trail to what is known as "the bubbly pool" a natural breakwater from the sea that comes alive when waves pour into a pool-like formation stirring up the waters.
Jost Van Dyke Sites at a Glance
1) Great Harbour: The main anchorage on Jost Van Dyke, Great Harbour has several restaurants, a few shops and a dive operation lining its white sand beach.
2) White Bay:This beautiful beach is popular with day trippers and has a campground, a small hotel, restaurants, beach bars, as well as a water sports facility.
3) Diamond Cay:At the eastern tip of Jost, Diamond Cay has a marina. restaurant and a boutique. The Bubbly Pool is located nearby.