Jost Van Dyke Landmarks

If cultural attractions are an important aspect of your getaway, Jost Van Dyke may not be the perfect destination for you.  This small, sparsely-inhabited island excels at offering natural attractions and is often frequented by pleasure sailors, divers, and active adventurers, but as far as historic buildings and museums to explore, there are none.   


If you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your vacation. To obtain additional information about each museum, click on the name.

One popular destination is North Shore Shell Museum. It is found within Little Carrot Bay, East-Southeast of Jost Van Dyke. With ample opportunity for unique shells to wash ashore throughout the British Virgin Islands, the North Shore Shell Museum has a lot of material to work with. This is a fun spot to take kids who thrill at all the different colors and shapes of shells.

Another popular destination is 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum. It is located within Road Town, East of Jost Van Dyke. Inside 1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum guests will be treated to a collection of exhibits which display examples of how life was on the island several generations ago. Historical artifacts, relics of daily life, and an exhibit of historic machinery is on display, as is a monthly art selection by a local artist. In addition to culture, the museum also touches on natural history, with a room of photographs discussing animal and plant life throughout the British Virgin Islands.

Folk Museum: Check out old stone tools, pottery and shipwreck items and pick up a t-shirt or souvenir.

The following chart lists a few details concerning some museums you might enjoy near Jost Van Dyke.

Museums Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Phone Location
1780 Lower Estate Sugar Works Museum (284) 494-9206 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central downtown Road Town
Eugene O'Neal Museum -- 0.2 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town
Folk Museum (284) 494-3701 ext. 5005 0.2 mi. South-Southwest of Central downtown Road Town
North Shore Shell Museum (284) 495-4714 1.5 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay
Old Government House Museum (284) 494-4091 0.5 mi. South of Central downtown Road Town

Historical Sites

Callwood Historic Distillery

In case you like to experience the history of a foreign place, you might want to visit one or two of these historical attractions during your time on Jost Van Dyke.

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.

Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Vigilant Sloop. It is situated in Frenchman's Cay, Southeast of Jost Van Dyke. Vigilant is the mascot for sailing in the British Virgin Islands. The traditional wooden boat is 25-feet long and one of three original Tortola Sloops remaining in the islands.

St. Michael Church Ruins: There are no official times posted for visiting St. Michael Church, but it is best to make the trip between sun up and sun down.

Take a moment to look through the table just below for information concerning historical sites near Jost Van Dyke.

Historic Sites Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Phone Location Island
Belmont Archaeological Site -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Callwood Historic Distillery (284) 495-9383 Cane Garden Bay Tortola
Fort Recovery (284) 495-4467 3.7 mi. Northeast of Central Coral Bay Tortola
John Lettsom House -- 0.2 mi. West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
St. Michael Church Ruins -- 1.3 mi. South West of Central Cane Garden Bay Tortola
The Dungeon -- 2.8 mi. South West of Central downtown Road Town Tortola
Vigilant Sloop (284) 495-4168 2.9 mi. North-Northeast of Central Coral Bay Frenchman's Cay

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Vacationers may enjoy some other intriguing sites worth visiting within reach the island.

Miscellaneous Landmarks Near Jost Van Dyke
Name Type Location Island
Historic Main Street Walk Scenic Trail Downtown Road Town Tortola

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