Sunday, January 30, 2011

West End, Tortola, British Virgin Islands, to Jost Van Dyke, BVI

A fabulous day --- we all were up early. While Karen and Kerry took a morning dinghy ride, Ron and I were hiking up the extremely steep mountainside, checking out the resident goats  scrambling about on the hillside fields, and taking in the amazing water views of Jost Van Dyke on the horizon. Just a gorgeous morning in the sunshine! 
Going up!
Views of Jost Van Dyke on the horizon from Tortola's West End
Equinox amid all the sail boats in Soper's Hole, West End
Mother goat with her twins on the hillside
We left West End before the winds picked up too much, and popped over to Jost Van Dyke for some beachside fun. We tried to anchor off the western side of the anchorage in Great Harbor, but the holding was negligible at best. The anchor was bouncing along on hard rocky shale, and after some discussion of depths and winds, we hauled up the anchor and made our way among the numerous charter boats to pick up a mooring. Throughout the day, we watched several boats all attempt to anchor in the same area, with the same results....clearly it's just an area of the anchorage that has poor holding. We were grateful to be on the mooring!
Self -explanatory!
Part of the mural on the side of Foxy's

We dinghied ashore at Jost Van Dyke and took a leisurely walk along the shore from the west end over to Foxy’s. It was quiet at that time of day! We then took a dinghy ride over to White Bay to enjoy the beach for the rest of the day. Lots of folks were there, with tenders and boats of all sizes anchored out off the shore, everyone enjoying the island ambience and blazing sunshine -- so fun! 
View of the beach at White Bay near the Soggy Dollar Bar

Ron at the Ocean Sea

View of the turquoise waters of White Bay from Ocean Sea
After a fabulous lunch of homemade pizza and some rum drinks at the Ocean Sea, we walked down the beach to have the requisite drink at The Soggy Dollar Bar. We people-watched, relaxed, chatted and had a great afternoon before we returned for an early night aboard with a dinner and a movie. Yep -- nine o'clock is the cruisers’ midnight!

The original! Dollars are still soggy after all these years!

1 comment:

  1. Great photos guys! Jost is the beach bar capital of the world (my label, not offical). I've haven't made it to this little slice of heaven yet but I feel as I have by everyone's great stories. Keep up the good work.



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