Luxury holidays in Jost Van Dyke

Boasting those world-famous clear Caribbean seas and sugar-soft sands, Jost Van Dyke may be small in size but it goes big on tropical beauty. Diving, windsurfing, snorkelling and sunbathing are inevitably favourites here, but hold out landlubbers, for Jost Van Dyke has a pirate-blighted past that’s well worth discovering too. Once you’ve finished your day of island idling, head to Soggy Dollar Bar, where the hangover-busting (and causing) Painkiller cocktail – with rum, pineapple and orange juices, and coconut – was invented, before diving into the island’s storied nightlife.

When to go

Visit between September and November for warm temperatures (highs of 31°C) and quiet beaches before the snowbirds flock in through December.

Getting there

  • Planes

    The island doesn’t have its own airport, but you have a few options. Fly to St Thomas and then take a 40-minute ferry to Jost Van Dyke. There’s also a 30-minute direct ferry from Tortola; if flying internationally, you may need to go to San Juan in Puerto Rico before taking another flight to Tortola.
  • Automobiles

    Car rentals are available on the island, but you’re unlikely to need one given Jost Van Dyke’s small size.