White Bay at Jost Van Dyke – What’s All the Fuss?

White Bay, Jost Van DykeA good friend of mine describes White Bay as Spring Break for 30 year olds. Hmmm. That’s pretty good. We’ll start with that a go forward. Shall we?

White Bay is absolutely beautiful. Like a giant bite mark out of the south side of Jost Van Dyke, White Bay is divided into two fabulous sandy beaches by something we’ll call “The Rocks.” Each beach is lined with coconut palm trees and, in most places, hammocks. Starting to get the picture?

There is a path over “The Rocks” connecting the two beaches. It takes about 4 minutes to walk it. About 8 if you’ve been there for a while because the number one activity is drinking.

The larger of the two beaches is home to some really famous and great beach bars. There’s Gertrude’s, Seddy’s One Love and of course the Soggy Dollar. On the other side of “The Rocks” is Ivan’s Stress Free Bar, which is a bit more low-key. Ivan has implemented the Honor Bar where you go in and fix your own drink and leave some money in the box. Now that’s low-key.

Occasionally there is a frisbee being thrown. Less often a football. None of the bars are blasting music at offensive volumes. It’s just not that kind of place. Mostly people are sunning on the beach or wading in the shallows with that perfect tropical drink in their hand.

The place is super friendly. I’m not just talking about the bartenders and the wait staff. Everyone is friendly. Everyone is there to have a great time and that kind of bonds everyone in a some sort of friendly way. You find yourself saying Hello to people you wouldn’t normally say Hello to. Hello. And smiling. Lot’s of smiling people at White Bay.

White Bay is also inaccessible accessible. Oh no, there he goes again. Hush. I can explain this without using the word polyp. Jost Van Dyke has only 300 full-time residents. It’s smallish. They like it that way. Everyone likes it that way. There is no airport. The only way to get to Jost is by boat, and White Bay is boat friendly. You can back your boat right up to beach and hop off into waist deep water. And everyone does. When the place is really hopping, it’s a bit of a boat circus but that’s also part of White Bay’s charm and sometimes part of its entertainment.

I’m not sure if it’s exactly Spring Break for 30 year olds but White Bay is definitely a good time for all.