Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Trip Start Nov 06, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Today Howie offered to pilot us to Jost Van Dyke.  There are a couple of famous bars there to check out, and a really great beach. The crew was a bit hungover from last night but with a clear headed Howie at the helm we were easily convinced that the BVI was not something to be missed. After motoring to windward for 2 hours, we made it to Tortola where we raised sail and had a very nice run up to Great Harbor In Jost. Along the way we found a perfect beach, alone on Great Thatch Island, small beach cabana, sand and palm trees, and a nice snorkeling area. Grady wanted to stop, so we didn't.  

Clearing customs took some time on account of a confused German sailor ahead of us in line that didn't know the tonnage of their boat.  After such a hastle, the customs officer rushed us through, barely checking the paper work.  The charge was $20.00 for the night and two days.  Finally, under way again, we went around the corner to White Bay to anchor up for the evening and eat some dinner. Howie cooked us pasta with garlic peanut sauce which was very good and very filling after weeks of beans and tortilla chips.

We lazed around for about an Hour until we got antsy and then did a dingy mission to the Soggy Dollar Bar, home of the Pain Killer. The Soggy Dollar Bar has no dingy dock, so you must swim, everyone shows up with wet bills, and the bar has a long clothes line to dry them, they make change off of the line and have no cash register.  Gentlemen, however, do not swim to bars, we motored into the beach on our tender, not even getting our feet wet. The decor is classic beach bar, it looks the way Shuckers would like, but fails to achieve. Foolishly, Grady decided to stay aboard the boat and read his book instead of sampling the fine cocktails of Jost. After half a drink, Howie was Buzz On and providing ample entertainment for us and the three really cute and flirtatious bartenders. Turns out that Pain Killers are REALLY delicious and REALLY strong.  You can pre buy drinks for your cruising friends, they keep track on a massive chart on the wall.  Unfortunately we did not have any free drinks coming, due to the cheapness of our friends, or the lack of them all together.  After 2 drinks we were ready to go back to the boat, and that was convenient, as the management made it clear we had been there long/drunk enough.  

Grady was sleeping, mostly naked.

In the morning we motored back over to Great Harbor to clear out of customs.  Howie and I went ashore to quickly get it done, we needed to be back to St. John with a quickness.  Grady had a date.  To make the process as fast as possible, we started by getting coffee.  Walking past the open to business customs office we found a small breakfast place that had wonderful breakfast and coffee.  Then explored the beach and beach front businesses.  Foxy's was just opening up, so we had to get a couple of Bloody Mary's.  Foxy's is the other must go to bar on Jost.  By the time we made it back to the customs office it was packed.  The immigration official could not believe we had spent the night there without properly clearing customs.  Some of us didn't have passports, but they had let us in anyway.  Our punishment was severe, we were forced to pay $0.40 for exit paperwork.  We gave them $0.50.  They did not offer change.  We also were told firmly that we should not come back without passports, the BVIs are a foreign, sovereign, country, blah, blah, blah.  

 We sailed away from our poached mooring.
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Mitch Buck on

Wow, Howie and Grady are down there? Awesome! If you want a chill place to go on St John head to Lameshur Bay at check out the Virgin Islands Environmental Resource Station (VIERS) just a short walk from the beach. Its a small, chill camp that brings in students and tourists alike, and i worked there a little bit back in the day. If the owner Randy is around hes a chill guy and prolly give you showers & a meal. Very scenic little spot. Also hit up Reef Bay and check out the ruins & semi-rain forest.

Amy on

The details of the blog are making it tough! Man I just wanna teleport myself!!!!

Cyndi on

Wow, this has been WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY more fun to follow than
Cable TV ( which I choose not to have), NHPTV, WMUR, and Reading!!!! Thanks Pete, and all, for keeping us up to date on all your adventures!! I for one am soooo envious......Please keep those chapters coming!
Love , hugs and happy sailing

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