Everyone knows Jost Van Dyke as one of the best islands in the BVI due to the amazing beach in White Bay. Of course, everyone has to go to Soggy Dollar to try the painkillers, which were invented here, but there are several other bars in White Bay that are worthy of your patronage. I personally prefer Hendo’s Hideout, but I digress.
Jost Van Dyke is also known for the home of Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, but did you know there are some good hike trails also? Last month I hiked to the top of the hill, where the antennas are, with half of a family while we waited for the other half to come back from scuba diving.
We headed up a paved road at the left side of the bay (looking from the boat) right next to Rudy’s Grocery Store. The store is closed due to the hurricane two years ago, but we still took refuge inside when it started raining. 😊 After heading up a hundred yards the pavement ended, and we were on an old jeep trail. This trail curved back and forth and even was washed out in one big section.
Once about halfway up the hill there is a fork where the left will take you to the top of the before mentioned White Bay. We continued to the right and soon came to a saddle overlooking the north shore and the Atlantic Ocean. What a view and breeze! Now all we had to do was hike up the last section that happened to also head to the center of the bay. This is where the best views are (check out yesterday’s Photo of the Day).
At the top of the hill we met a couple coming from the other side and they said they took the road from the opposite side of the bay and walked to Little Harbor and then up the hill from the other side. While I did the hike in sandals, I recommend shoes due to the steepness and roughness. That is not to dissuade you from the hike because one of the ladies doing it with me was in her mid-70’s and she did just fine!