Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands Cruise Port
If interested in cruising to a more low-key destination in the Caribbean, the port of Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands is the perfect solution. All of five square miles, it's the smallest of the four main BVI, found near the northern part of the archipelago within the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Although the name of the island may be a result of 17th-century Dutch privateer Joost van Dyk using the harbors to hide, there's no actual evidence to support this theory. While the British scooped up most of the archipelago in 1672, they pretty much ignored Jost Van Dyke until the middle of the 18th century. Today, the number of residents is around 300; because of its location, Jost Van Dyke’s economy focuses primarily on fishing and tourism. Here are some of our favorite experiences for the cruise port of Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands:
- For great views of nearby Tortola, St. John, and even St. Thomas, take a walk between the main village on Great Harbor and over the hill to White Bay. White Bay has plenty of places to eat, drink, and relax; look for the semi-famous Soggy Dollar Bar and ask for a "Painkiller."
- After getting your fill of White Bay, visit the delightful Wendell's World. Not only a great location to find souvenirs and handmade crafts, you may also find yourself entertained by Mr. Wendell himself as he serenades you with his guitar and voice.
- If still in the mood for a trek, take those comfortable shoes and hike up 1,054 foot high Majohnny Hill. It's not the easiest climb, so you can rent vehicles from any of the local rental companies (no chains here!) and take in the breathtaking view of the Caribbean from the peak.
- Find the Bubbly Pool near Diamond Cray for heart-pounding fun when the swells are running. This surf-fed pool is located behind cliffs, and it creates the sensation that you'll be overcome by waves; instead, the location breaks them up and creates millions of bubbles instead. It's not called "Nature's Jacuzzi" for nothing.