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how to get there and "must do's"

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how to get there and "must do's"

We are traveling to Jost Van Dyke in July of 2012. We went to St. John for our honeymoon and fell in love with Caribbean and want to see more of it! What is the best way to get to Jost Van Dyke? Probably going to fly into St. Thomas at 2pm. The house we are staying at includes a small dingy boat so that will be our main mode of transportation. We are planning on going to the bubbly pool and Sandy Spit. Other than Soggy Dollar and Foxy's any thing else we need to check out? I love snorkeling and we will be there for a week.

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Catch the ferry from St. Thomas to Tortola (West End), clear customs in Tortola and take the ferry from Tortolla to JVD. You should make it on time but if you have any delays into St. Thomas it could be close. Another option is to

take a taxi to Red Hook (St. Thomas) and make arrangements with Dohms Water Taxi to go directly to JVD. It is a bit expensive but worth it. Sandcastle / Soggy Dollar / White Bay Is my favorite place on earth so just hanging on Whie Bay can't be beat. Corsairs in Great Harbour has great food and take a taxi to Little Harbour for some lobster at Abes, Harris, or Sydneys. Another great place (other than the Soggy Dollar) on White Bay is One Love. Have a great time.

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Thanks for your help! The water taxi looks like a great idea! We have six people splitting it so it won't be too bad. If we did take the taxi where would we go through customs since we would be bypassing Tortola. Also are there any grocery stores on JVD or should we use Bobby's on Tortola. We just need to get some beer, rum, mixers, and some breakfast stuff. Is the dingy boat enough to get around with on JVD or should we consider renting a car?

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Slim pickings at the stores on JVD. If you are coming in on the water taxi, you will clear C&I at Great Harbour,JVD. You'll probably need a car as getting around with 6 in a dink will be difficult(unless it is a good size one), depending on sea conditions.

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All good advice above.

Dohm’s Water Taxi is the luxe way to go and for 6 it’s not such a budget-buster. You may be able to save on the return trip by taking the Mona Queen that leaves Great Harbour for Red Hook around 9:15 a.m. but not on Wed. or Thurs. It is my preferred way to cross but confirm schedule the day before with Inter-Island Boat Services (340-776-6597).

For your limited shopping you can pick up food in STT (the taxi driver will know where) on the way to Red Hook or if you can’t find what you need on JVD one of you the next day could take the New Horizons ferry to West End, shop at Harbour Market on Soper’s Hole wharf, then take the next ferry back (there are 5 round trips daily).

As mentioned 6 would be a problem in a small dinghy. Barring a storm seas are usually calm in July. In a big enough boat and with experience you should be able to navigate the waters if you stay close to shore. If seas are rough take a taxi or walk.

I would rent a vehicle by the day rather than the week. There are not many places to drive and you may end up spending most of your time at White Bay and Great Harbour. Explore the east end of the island -my territory- both on-and off-shore; certainly Sandy Spit (usually good snorkeling) and Sandy Cay but watch the undertow at the cay which also has a nature trail laid out by the conservationist, Laurance Rockefeller, who owned if for many years (now part of the BVI National Parks). If you want real privacy there are 2 small deserted sand cove beaches on the south side of Little JVD; if a bit adventurous hike Little Jost and Green Cay, but not in flip flops. The Bubbly Pool is best in winter swells but still a pleasant picnic spot and easy walk from Foxy’s Taboo and Myrtle’s sandwich shop.

A great sunrise hike is up the ridge road that crosses the top of the island – or you can always drive it!

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Awesome thank you for all your help. Do you have a car rental company that you reccommend? Love the tips of the small secluded beaches and the hike. We hiked to honeymoon beach on St. John and loved it! Just wish we had packed tennis shoes instead of flip-flops! Where is the best snorkeling? Again thanks for all the help and input!

Edited: 12:31 pm, October 11, 2011
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Awesome thank you for all your help. Do you have a car rental company that you reccommend?

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A couple of nos. for vehicle rentals: 495 9477 & 495 9329 (area code 284 unnecessary for BVI calls) or the owner of your villa may have other candidates.

Jost is a hiker's paradise but unlike St. John there is little shade - it is not a lush tropical landscape because prevailing winds passing over Mt. Sage on Tortola dump rain on that island's north shore and little moisture reaches JVD. For hiking carry lots of water, use sun screen and wear head coverings.

Take a look at www.jostvandykescuba.com for more snorkeling, cay hiking, ecological info. I don't know the snorkeling spots on White Bay (I'm an east ender) so others should chime in.

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You will find that Foxy's and Soggy Dollar are close to commericalized. They are fun places to hang out but you need experience the more local hangouts.

Gertrudes & Olga, Seddys, Ivans, Jewels, Vinny's (Corsiars), to name a few ---and many others.

White Bay has some nice snorkeling from shore.

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Hike to the Bubbly Pool if you get a chance. Drive past Foxy's Taboo (the othe Foxy's) down the beach and then follow the trail marked with blue arrows. It is wonderful!

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Hello,

Would appreciate any advice you have regarding Tortola. We are taking a Carnival cruise 2/2/12 and are only in port from 7am - 3:30pm. We were thinking about spliting a power boat with friends to take us to Jost Van Dyke. Will we have enough time to see & snorkle at some great spots? Any advice on what not to miss?

Thanks!

Vicki