One of the most popular excursions for visitors to St. John is a day trip to Jost Van Dyke, the tiny, sparsely- inhabited British Virgin island noted for its handful of stunning beaches and rollicking beach bars.
White Bay, Jost Van Dyke
The four square-mile rock, affectionately referred to as "Jost" by locals (pronounced "yost"), is only about four miles from St. John, and easy to get to by boat. You can either take a water taxi/ferry service such as Dolphin Water Taxi from Cruz Bay, or charter a boat from a company such as Ocean Runner, Wet Woody's, Born to Rhumb, or Island Roots.
Obviously, if you charter a boat you'll have more flexibility to explore both the land AND the water surrounding the island than if you take a ferry. The ferry will drop you at White Bay, which is only about 1/2 mile walk from the majority of bars, inns, and popular beaches. But if you have your own boat, you can pull up to just about any bay anywhere on the island, and snorkel, fish, swim, or go ashore for a hike. Since Jost is one of the most popular anchorages in Caribbean, you'll be in good company.
Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke
Equally famous is Foxy's, the bar and nightspot in Great Harbour (a cove near White Bay) that helped put Jost Van Dyke on the map. Owned and operated since the 1960s by Philliciano "Foxy" Callwood, a Jost native, the bar features a wide array of tropical drinks, live reggae and soca bands, tasty West Indian food, and a huge weekend barbecue. If you are in the area on New Year's eve, Foxy's also hosts one of the biggest New Year's parties in the Caribbean. It's a two-day affair that Foxy dubs "Old Year's Eve."
Sunset on the Caribbean