Van Dyke Full Day Charter
you're looking for a great adventure in the BVI you could easily
fill your day with bar hopping at some of the most notable rum
bars in all the Caribbean including Soggy Dollar, Ivan's Stress
Free, Foxy's, Sidney's Peace and Love, and Foxy's Taboo. Or....mix
up your day with some beach combing and snorkeling at several
off shore cays and then hit the famous watering holes on Jost.
decide? The Captain's favorite "Something for Everyone
Tour" would go something like this: depart St John 8:30
for a 30-40 min ride to Jost Van Dyke, after clearing customs,
you are free to walk the white sand "Main" street
of this West Indian village called Great Harbor which is lined
with ramshackle hot food stands, trinket stalls, churches and
of course some of those seaside bars.
short 15 minute ride would take us to the North East corner
of Jost to choose a stop for beachcombing, swimming or snorkeling
at Green Cay, Sandy Spit, Little Jost or Sandy Cay.
you have worked up an appetite we can either: picnic on the
beach or choose a calm anchorage while you eat on board -for
those who've packed their own lunch; Or stop at one of the best
"Pour Your Own" waterside bars/restaurant in these
latitudes "Sydney's Peace and Love"; pick out your
own local caught lobster from the wharfside, underwater cage,
relax and get on island time while they prepare your fresh cooked
lunch. If you can let yourself grab a lower gear you can get
in sync (if only for a little while) with the local pace and
attitude-- No worries Mon!
lunch we'll head back out to enjoy whatever you choose next;
shoreline cruise, swim, snorkel, beach lounging, bar hopping...
The day never seems long enough to do it all!
depart Jost around 2:30 to arrive at US Customs ahead of the
Tortolla and Virgin Gorda Ferries and all the other day boats
that clear customs from 3:30-4 in Cruz Bay.
should be through Customs and back in Great Cruz Bay by 4:30-
with plenty of time for you to relax and refresh before your
evening plans begin.
most common mistake (to my mind) that people make is using Jost
as a "Pit Stop" for customs and then zooming off to
other islands without slowing down enough to truly enjoy this
little island. Only 300+ people, they only just got electricity
about 20 years ago..the roads main street is still sand, and
YES...most of the residents are truly glad you came to share
their spot in the sun! "Jost Van Dyke" named for the
Dutch pirate--come get the feel of the West Indies!
note that we can combine parts of this trip with the "Indians/Cave"
excursion for a customized itinerary-- just keep in mind that
the days pace may not be as casual the more you try to fit into