Jost Van Dyke Travel Guide
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Named after an early Dutch settler, Jost Van Dyke is a small island northwest of Tortola and is truly a place to get away from it all. Mountainous and lush, the 4-mile-long (6½-km-long) island—with fewer than 300 full-time residents—has one tiny resort, some rental cottages and villas, a campground, a couple of dozen cars, and a single road. There are no banks or ATMs on the island, and many restaurants and shops accept only cash. Life definitely rolls along on "island time," especially during the off-season from August to November, when finding a restaurant open for dinner can be a challenge. Electricity came to Jost in the 1990s, and water conservation is encouraged, as the primary source is rainwater collected in basement-like cisterns and desalinized seawater. Jost is one of the Caribbean's most popular anchorages, and there are a disproportionately large number of informal bars and restaurants, which have helped earn Jost its reputation as the "party island" of the BVI.
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Restaurants on Jost Van Dyke are informal (some serve meals family-style at long tables) but charming. The island's a favorite charter-boat stop, and you're...read more
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It's the laid-back attitude of Jost Van Dyke, which boasts a beach as its main street and has had electricity only since the 1990s, that makes... Read more
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