We never take the easy route!
On the island of Jost Van Dyke, one of the most popular places to visit is White Bay. This beach is the home of several popular bars and restaurants, including the Soggy Dollar, a spot that many of those who haven’t even visited the island have heard of.
This is a webcam screen capture taken during our previous trip to the Soggy Dollar Bar.
Note the date in the top left corner. Can you pick us out?
Although, during a day trip to White Bay, you will see many boats at anchor or tied to mooring balls there, most will leave before it gets dark as it’s not typically an anchorage that one would choose to spend the night (it can be rolly). If people were going to be staying on JVD, most would choose to anchor in Great Harbor, the bay to the east, as it offers greater protection. If you opt to do that, as we did, you still have several options for visiting White Bay and joining in the fun. You can:
- Take your dinghy around the point from Great Harbor to White Bay. I wouldn’t recommend this unless you have a fairly fast and reliable dinghy.
- Take a taxi. There are always a couple to be found on the main street.
- Walk up over the hill. It’s a pretty steep climb but that only means that you’ll be even more appreciative of the cold beverages that are awaiting you on the other side.
- Walk up to the top of the island via the ridiculously steep ‘road’ that begins behind Rudi’s Market and then follow it along the ridge line until you descend to the other side of White Bay.
Can you guess which one we took?
In other news, long time readers of this blog will likely recall that we have made mention of Seth and Jaime on The Slapdash numerous times. It was their adventure, circumnavigating the world in a 34′ Gemini catamaran, that was a huge motivator for us. We have been trying to track these guys down for years now. Guess what? We finally did it. Look who we found anchored right beside us in Great Harbor?
Yeah, they were as cool a couple as we expected them to be! They were hard at work when we found them though, acting as Captain and Chief Mate on a crewed Moorings charter boat (coincidentally a Leopard 4600). Hopefully when they’re not so busy we’ll be able to spend a bit more time with them.