Jost Van Dyke Landmarks

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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.   

Museums

In case you like to explore unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation on Jost Van Dyke. Just click on each place's name for additional information.

A landmark worth visiting is North Shore Shell Museum. It is located 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 in Road Town, East of Jost Van Dyke. Current operating hours at the museum are from 9:00 a.m to 3:00 p.m., though sometimes these hours are extended to 4:00 p.m.

Folk Museum: This small museum offers a quick look at the island's history, especially during the days of the slave trade. Investigate old relics and check out the old home which houses the museum.

The chart directly below lists a few details concerning some available museums 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 immerse yourself in the history of a foreign place, you might want to visit a few of these historical sites during your vacation.

Belmont Archaeological Site is a historical site within reach of 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 interesting landmark worth visiting is Vigilant Sloop. It is located 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: Once reportedly headed by a pirate priest, St. Michael Church now stands in ruins on the North Beach Coast.

View the table below for a listing of sites of historical interest near the island.

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

Travelers can explore some other intriguing local landmarks within reach of Jost Van Dyke.

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

If you are looking for a wider variety of attractions beyond what's offered in this category, you might want to think about other locations. For more details about other attractions, go to this article.

 

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