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JOST VAN DYKE, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, CARIBBEAN
Jost Van Dyke was named after the Dutch pirate who settled on the island for a quiet life. It is a rugged island of coral sand and its beaches are some of the best in the Caribbean.

VIRGIN GORDA

THE BATHS

NORMAN ISL. TORTOLA JOST VAN DYKE COOPER ISL. PETER ISL. ANEGADA

Jost Van Dyke is located to the NW of Tortola and has only a few hundred inhabitants. Only about 3 square miles, Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands in the BVI archipelago.

March 2, 2011

Sandy Island

Sandy Cay is the icon of your tropical isle, with its halo of white sand and interior of palms. The island is tiny and can be circumnavigated by swimming in less than half an hour. We focused our sites on its even smaller neighbour Sandy Spit, which has some of the best snorkelling in the area.

Yost Van Dyke has lots of sailing destinations. Many anchorages have lovely beaches and characteristic beachside bars.

White Bay

The anchorage of White Bay is a narrow shallow strip behind a foreboding reef. The entrance is marked with a channel marker, but once inside the reef, boats swinging at anchor often bump and tangle with each other so its not for the faint of heart.

Ascension skimmed through the reef and comfortably anchored in the crystal waters. White Bay apparently ranks among the top ten beaches in the world. However, Stardust was reluctant to join the group and sailed on to the next bay. At anchor, we were entertained by the inexperience of the charterers. Anchoring is always a great spectator sport. But the icing on the cake was the couple who tried to pick up the channel mark, thinking it was a mooring ball! After many, many attempts -- I guess they couldn't figure out where the lanyard was -- they dropped their anchor. Right on top of the reef. When they swung, they would be aground. It was at this point that we decided to abandon the anchorage, deeming it too dangerous!

Little Harbour

We sailed into Little Harbour, hoping to revisit the tiny restaurant called Mary's where we had the best lobster imaginable 12 years ago. We got settled and hopped in the dinghy to seek out the restaurant. Everything looked exactly the same as when we were last there. But, alas, Mary's was not open.

Disappointed we sailed on the Great Harbour, the home of the famous Foxy's Bar.

Great Harbour

Great Harbour is a small community hugging a half moon bay, and Foxy's popularity keeps the anchorage crowded. We headed to shore for cocktails.

Foxy's Bar

Foxy's looked pretty much the same as it did years ago. We had pinned our business card up with the thousands of others that adorned the walls, ceilings and posts, but we could not remember where!

With a rum concoction in hand, we watched the sun slide into the surf that surrounds Jost Van Dyke and has claimed numerous ships.

March 3, 2011

We pulled up anchor and headed across the channel to Tortolla to provision and check out Road Town and Nanny Cay. The wind was light but we enjoyed the motor sail.

Next>>> Tortolla

 

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