You can get here by boat, water taxi, private charter or ferry service from West End, Tortilla, St. John, or St. Thomas.
- Name: For an early Dutch resident, reputed to be a pirate.
- Size: Four by three miles.
- Highest Point: 1,054 feet
- Beaches: Great Harbour, Little Harbour, and White Bay
- Sights: Bubbling Pool, Little Jost Van Dyke, and Sandy Cay
- Anchorages: Great Harbour, Little Harbour, and White Bay
- Campgrounds: White Bay and Tula’s
- Activities: Bar hopping, dining, fishing, hiking and snorkeling
Nothing disturbs the absolute peace of a night on Jost Van Dyke – except perhaps the lively parties at Foxy’s. Whether you’re resting at anchor under the stars, or staying at one of the handful of guest cottages, you’re always guaranteed a peaceful night.
Even if you come just for a day, you can take in many of Jost’s attractions. Pull your boat in at Great Harbour and come ashore to sample Foxy’s latest brew from his own microbrewery. In Little Harbour you can eat lobster straight from the sea. In White Bay you can while away the day at the Soggy Dollar Bar or Gertrude’s.
Although Jost measures just four by three miles, the island is rich in history. It’s been home to Arawak Indians, Caribs, Dutch, Africans and English. William Thorton, architect of the US Capitol, was born here. And John Coakley Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society, was born on nearby Little Jost.
Whether you stay for a day or a week, you’ll find plenty to do. Trace the old trails that connect the island. Explore the overgrown ruins of sugar mills. In the fall and winter, watch whales and dolphins from a hilltop. Or visit the bubbling pot at the East End, where the foaming sea forms a natural Jacuzzi. And you can stop by Foxy’s newest watering hole, Foxy’s Tabu, on Diamond Cay, at East End. You could walk across to Little Jost or take a boat to Sandy Cay, the perfect castaway island.
More Stuff to Help You
The following measures are to be adhered to in respect of all non-British Virgin Islanders entering the Territory:
- Bona-fide visitors may be granted entry for up to one month at the ports of entry provided that they possess return (or ongoing) tickets, evidence of adequate means of support and pre-arranged accommodations during their stay.
- Visitors wishing to stay longer will need to apply for an extension from the Immigration Department in Road Town, Tortola or at the Government Administration Building in Virgin Gorda.
- A valid passport is the principal requirement for entry into the B.V.I. Visitors from some countries may also require a visa for entry. If in doubt about the necessity of a visa, contact the nearest B.V.I. Tourist Board Office, the nearest British Embassy or contact the Chief Immigration Officer, Immigration Department, B.V.I. Government at: Tel: 284.494.3471 or 494.3701 ext. 2538.
- According to the B.V.I. Immigration and Passport Order,1980, the classes of persons commonly known as Rastafarians, and as hippies are prohibited from entry into the territory. However, persons within these classes may seek special approval from the Chief Minister’s Office by writing in advance to: Permanent Secretary, Chief Minister’s Office, Road Town, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, fax: 284.494-6413.
These are issued to non-islanders only in cases where the position cannot be filled by British Virgin Islanders and training of local people to fill key positions is encouraged.
A cruising permit is required for all cruising in the B.V.I..
- SEASONAL RATES (December 1 – April 30): all recorded Charter Boats $2.00 per person per day. All non-recorded Charter Boats $4.00 per person per day.
- OUT OF SEASON RATES (May 1 – November 30) Charter Boats $0.75 per person per day. All non-recorded Charter Boats $4.00 per person per day. Dive, day charter and sport fishing boats should contact the B.V.I. Customs Department (Tel: 284.494.3475 or 494-3701 ext. 2533) for current Cruising Permit requirements.
The removal of any marine organism from B.V.I. waters is illegal for non-B.V.I. Islanders without a recreational fishing permit. Contact the Ministry of Natural Resources & Labour. Tel: 284.494.3701 ext. 214.
The currency of the B.V.I. is the U.S. dollar. Major credit cards are accepted in many – but not all – establishments. There is a 10-cent stamp duty on all cheques and travelers’ cheques.
SALES TAX: There is no Sales tax.
DEPARTURE TAX: A departure tax is levied at the rate of $10.00 per person leaving by air, $5.00 leaving by sea and $7.00 for cruise ship passengers.
In the B.V.I. there is a 7% Hotel Accommodation tax payable by guests who stay for six months or less in hotels, apartments, houses, cottages, villas and similar accommodations.
All imports are subject to varying rates of duty. Imports entering the B.V.I. on a temporary basis will not be subject to duty.
Valid B.V.I. Driving Licenses are required by all those seeking to drive in the B.V.I. For a fee of $10.00, a temporary B.V.I. Driving License can be obtained from the Traffic Licensing Office or Car Rental Agencies provided a valid Drivers License from another country) can be produced. Driving is on the left-hand side of the road in the B.V.I.
An International Vaccination Certificate is not mandatory in the B.V.I. Peebles Hospital has surgical, x-ray and laboratory facilities; there is a plastic surgery clinic. A chapter of Alcoholics Anonymous meets regularly. Call 284.494.4549 or 494-3125.
Pets are allowed entry into the Territory only after an import permit is issued by the Department of Agriculture. For regulations governing animal importation, contact (well in advance): Department of Agriculture, Paraquita Bay): Tortola, British Virgin Islands. Tel: (284) 495-2532 or Fax: (284) 495-1269
Marriage License & Regulations
For information regarding requirements on getting married in the Territory, contact: Registrar’s Office, Box 41R, Road Town, Tortola, B.V.I. or phone 284.494.3701, Ext 5001 or 494.3492.
The Churches are: Methodist, Anglican (Episcopal), Roman Catholic, Seventh-day Adventist, Baptist, Church of God, Jehovah’s Witness, Pentecostal, Church of Christ and Baha’i. For further information, see Churches in the Yellow pages of the B.V.I. telephone Directory.
Dress (to be taken with a grain of sand)
In the BVI, we are more than just a beach community and beach attire worn elsewhere tends to offend residents. Therefore, please wear proper attire (no bare chests or midriffs) in residential and commercial areas. There are no nude beaches in the B.V.I.
A Word on Drugs
The possession, sale, use or distribution of illegal drugs constitutes a criminal offence punishable by law and conviction on drug charges can lead to stiff fines and jail sentences.