Although the smallest of the four main British Virgin Islands (roughly 3 square miles), Jost Van Dyke is one of the most popular — thanks to its super laid back vibe. The island lies northwest of Tortola and about 5 miles north of St. John, USVI. Like most of the Virgin Islands, its volcanic in origin and mountainous — adding to the dimensions of the surreal tropical landscape. The highest peak on the Jost Van Dyke is Majohnny Hill at just over 1,000 feet.
Named after an early Dutch settler and former pirate, Jost Van Dyke shares an exciting mix of rugged scenery and colorful folklore. The island is also one the busiest. With fewer than 200 permanent residents, Jost Van Dyke hosts thousands of visitors each and every day (literally). Great Harbour, the semi-deep bay in the center of the island is the hottest and the most happening spot. It’s home to the world-famous Foxy’s Bar. Time Magazine named Foxy’s the 3rd best place to spend New Year’s Eve — just behind Times Square and Picadilly Circus. It’s rumored that the “Old Year’s Eve” party attendance hits about 30,000 people! Soggy Dollar Bar is another must-visit bar that’s located in the adjacent White Bay. Soggy Dollar Bar is known the world over as the birthplace of the Painkiller.
Despite it worldwide popularity, Jost Van Dyke maintains its simple roots and has thwarted development to stay rural and rustic. You can’t find big resorts here… instead, simple buildings that are sparse, making the island’s natural beauty remain the center of the attraction.