Home to fewer than 300 people and measuring a mere four miles by three, Jost Van Dyke is one island that perfectly fulfils the barefoot luxury ideal. It’s a little more rugged than the other islands of this enchanting archipelago, but by no means any less alluring. If anything, the wilder landscapes and quieter atmosphere makes Jost Van Dyke that much more tempting for those seeking out a Robinson Crusoe-esque experience with that added touch of luxury.
The size and population of Jost Van Dyke will enable you to completely immerse yourself in Caribbean culture. Sip on a Pain Killer Cocktail at the renowned beach-side Soggy Dollar Bar, dine on classic West Indian cuisine, energize yourself with a hike or go in search of hidden bays. Just across the water you can escape to the tiny islet of Diamond Cay, a nesting site and bird sanctuary that is home to all sorts of beautiful species. By the time you leave this little corner of the BVI, you’ll have experienced a realistic view of island living, a view that will inevitably leave you addicted to the British Virgin Islands.
The keepsakes to be found on Jost Van Dyke vary. A tiny shell from a deserted beach; memory of pure, unadulterated silence; a cocktail stirrer; a new friend that introduced you to the island way of life. All will provoke a persistent longing to return. Some physical, some sensual, all powerful reminders of a time you spent in a far-flung slice of paradise. Keepsakes are personal and often unrecognizable to an outsider. What a sprinkle of sand is to one person is a fantastic reminder of something beautiful and momentous to another. Go, see and collect.