White Bay Jost Van Dyke St. Thomas Boat Rental Center

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

At roughly about 3 square miles, Jost Van Dyke is the smallest of the four main islands of the British Virgin Islands, but is one of the most popular islands thanks to its laid back vibe. Jost Van Dyke lies northwest of Tortola and about 5 miles north of St. John. Like many of the neighboring islands, it is volcanic in origin and mountainous, which adds to exquisite landscape. The highest point on the island is Majohnny Hill at just over 1,000 feet.

Named for an early Dutch settler and former pirate, rugged scenery and colorful folklore make up Jost Van Dyke. With fewer than 200 permanent residents, Jost Van Dyke hosts literally thousands of visitors each day. The island hotspot is of course, Great Harbour. Great Harbour is home to Foxy’s Bar, a world famous bar tucked into a quiet corner of the island. Time Magazine named Foxy’s the world’s 3rd best place to spend New Year’s Eve (behind Times Square and Picadilly Circus), when the party goer population is rumored to hit 30,000 people. Located just down the beach in White Bay is the Soggy Dollar Bar, known as the home of the Painkiller.

Despite all the attention, Jost Van Dyke has maintained its simple roots and has thwarted development. No big resorts dot the coastline…instead, buildings are sparse and simple and the island’s natural beauty remains the star.