Jost Van Dyke Attractions

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Sailing, snorkeling, diving, and drinking are the four major pastimes on the small, minimally inhabited island of Jost Van Dyke.  In order to get much else done, you're typically required to visit another island in the British Virgin Islands chain, but there are a few things that can easily occupy your time right on the island – most of which revolve around water.  


White Bay Beach

You'll find a handful of beaches to enjoy on the island. Snorkeling is an option at several locations, if some of the people in your group enjoy the underwater scene. Click on the name of the beach for a detailed article concerning that particular stretch of sand.

White Bay Beach: A white sand beach on Jost Van Dyke island, White Bay is flanked by villas and hotels. There is also a heavy amount of greenery behind the beach, standing in contrast to the light colored sand.

Another place that beach-goers can consider is Green Cay Beach. Green Cay is a speck of an island east of Little Jost Van Dyke and extremely isolated. A few people may pepper this beach, but otherwise you'll be alone in paradise if you make the journey here.

Sandy Spit: Sandy Spit is an tiny speck of an island entirely surrounded in soft white sand. There's a drop of vegetation on this island, with a few wispy palm trees.

These examples are just a few of the choices you'll find. To navigate to our detailed guide to beaches, check out this page.

Landmark Attractions

Callwood Historic Distillery

Belmont Archaeological Site is a historical site near Jost Van Dyke. Belmont is an archeological site near North Sound in which archeologists have procured dozens of objects from the Ostinoid period, helping them to piece together pieces of the historical puzzle regarding what life was like on the islands between the years 900 and 1 B.C.

Many travelers also choose to visit Vigilant Sloop. It is located in Frenchman's Cay, Southeast of Jost Van Dyke. Dry rot and popped planks have docks Vigilant, but not necessarily for good. The estimated damage is $40 thousand, and although the government is not able to afford to put that kind of money into a boat, there is still hope that she'll be out on the channel again one day.

St. Michael Church Ruins: There isn't much left to see of St. Michael Church, though tourists looking for a hike make want to make the trip halfway down Windy Hill to the overgrown stone walls.

But that's not all -- you'll be able to find a range of other landmark attractions. To find out more about other sites worth visiting near Jost Van Dyke, follow this link.

Natural Attractions

Sage Mountain National Park

One of the better known natural attractions is Diamond Cay National Park. One of Jost Van Dyke's smallest natural attractions is Diamond Cay National Park. This tiny little swatch of land off the coast of Long Bay near the Diamond Cay Marine is accessible by walking along a sand bar that can easily be covered in high tide.

Little Tobago - Great Tobago National Park is another attraction you might want to visit. Tobago Cay, at the northwest corner of the British Virgin Islands chain is home to Great Tobago (210 acres) and Little Tobago (55 acres) of protected lands established in 1995 as national parks. Birders visit these island because it is the only nesting site in the British Virgin Islands for frigate birds, and divers love the waters around Mercurious Rock.

Of course, you will find plenty of additional choices. Visit this article regarding natural attractions on and around Jost Van Dyke if you want to discover more specifics.


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