We (me, husband & 2 teenage boys) had been really looking forward to staying a couple nights at Ivan's campground, and ended up being disappointed. We spent our vacation hopping around the USVIs and BVIs, and included 2 nights on Jost, where we had reserved one of the cabins. We kept low expectations and a good sense of humor about it -- we knew it was going to be low on luxury, but were excited about it anyway.
What we didn't expect was that Ivan's was basically shut down because business had been slow. No food was being served at all, the "honor bar" was locked except for a few hours in the afternoon when Charlene was there, and there just wasn't much going on. We walked into Great Harbour a couple times for food, and also down to Soggy Dollar Bar, which we enjoyed.
The cabin itself was about what we expected -- pretty bare-bones. We didn't much breeze coming through, so it got kinda stuffy at night. We ended up taking our sheets and pillows and sleeping on the lounge chairs out on the beach. Our first night there, we were the only ones staying at the campground. The 2nd night, a couple other people were there.
Bug spray? Bring it. Bring a lot and the strongest stuff you can get.
The bar has a lot of charm, and many interesting things on the walls -- made me wish we were there when some of the fun was happening. I know a lot of places close down in Aug-Sept-Oct; I just didn't expect it in early July. The other end of White Bay was hopping during the day with a lot of boats in, so it wasn't too hard for us to walk down there for food and drink.
The beach itself -- gorgeous. Truly one of the best beaches I've been on. It's hard to be too unhappy when you have beauty like this in front of you.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A stress free retreat, overlooking the pristine waters, and white sand beach. The perfect place to enjoy life in the slow lane. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Ivan's Stress Free Guest House & Campground Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands