Jost Van Dyke- British Virgin Islands

While we were in St. John, USVI (read about it here) we decided to hop on a boat and take a day trip to nearby Jost Van Dyke, part of the British Virgin Islands. IMG_2272
A friend of a friend set us up for a ride on El Gato, so we packed our bags and headed to the marina.

Passports in hand, we plopped down on some really comfortable bean-bag chairs and settled in for the ride.



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Shortly after our second mimosas, we had arrived.



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After a quick and easy customs process, we hopped off the boat to explore.

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We made a quick stop at Foxy’s Bar, a favorite amongst locals.


After strolling around for an hour or so, we hopped back on the boat and ventured over to the other side of the island. That’s Di, my awesome mother-in-law. 🙂

Our captain took us over to Sandy Spit, a teeny tiny island where they allegedly film Cornona commercials. (one look and its not hard to imagine why) We all jumped off the boat and swam in so we could explore…

I decided right then and there that if I were ever to be stranded somewhere, I would hope that it would be here…



Terrible looking, right? Saving the best for last, we road over to the legendary Soggy Dollar Bar, inventor of the famous painkiller cocktail.



It is appropriately named the Soggy Dollar, because you have to swim up to it. Since I didn’t feel like ruining my phone or camera, I was only able to get pictures from the boat. (which was a smart decision because those painkillers ain’t no joke)  Here’s a little video.


As you can see, it was quite the happening place. There were boat parties, people in the water, people hanging out on the beach, and of course, people at the bar. Everyone was friendly, in a jolly mood, listening to music and happy as clams 🙂
This is me excited because I have just discovered my new favorite party spot…about 5 minutes before I texted my boss and told her I was never coming home. (true story)

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People- if you are ever in the area, I highly recommend a stop at the Soggy Dollar Bar. The beach is beautiful and the atmosphere was just so much fun. Epic, really.

After a couple of hours we reluctantly dragged ourselves back onto the boat, blew a kiss to Jost Van Dyke, and headed back to St. John.


To make the famous Soggy Dollar Bar painkiller at home, here is the recipe. Cheers!

Serves 1-2

  • 2-4 oz Pusser’s Rum
  • 4 oz pineapple juice
  • 1 oz orange juice
  • 1 oz cream of coconut
  • Freshly grated nutmeg

Shake everything together in a cocktail shaker with ice (except for nutmeg).

Pour into glasses with ice and top with grated nutmeg.






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