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Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
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Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for the most up-to-date answers to your questions, and policy and travel information.

Traveling to Jost Van Dyke

Do I need a passport to visit White Bay Villas on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes, you need a valid passport to travel to Jost Van Dyke, and also to get back to the US (or other country) after your stay. The BVI are a British overseas territory. Please be sure that your passport is not within 6 months of expiration for your entire travel period.

What are the best ways to get to Jost Van Dyke?

Flying to the Virgin Islands and Getting to Jost Van Dyke

Guests can fly to Beef Island Tortola (EIS Airport Code) or fly to St Thomas USVI, (STT Airport Code -our recommended airport), and take a ferry or private water taxi to Jost Van Dyke. Two rules of thumb to schedule flights by: 1.) Flying into St. Thomas - you must land by 3:00 to make the last 5:00 ferry AND 2.) Flying out of St. Thomas, your flight should be no earlier than 3:30pm or later to make it through U.S. Customs & over to the airport on time by ferry.  *Your other option is to take a water taxi which is more expensive.

BY FERRY

There are several ferry companies that offer different routes and schedules. All ferries are a port of entry and you should arrive 1/2 (half) an hour before the ferry departs. Arrive 2:00p for the 2:30p ferry or arrive 4:30p for the 5:00p ferry. We recommend taking Aquatic Rentals from Red Hook St. Thomas to West End Tortola where you will clear customs, and then from the same dock, go to the New Horizon Ferry from West End Tortola to Great Harbor, Jost Van Dyke. Please confirm with each company directly for times and availability on their website. We do recommend buying your tickets online ahead of time to guarantee seats.

The Most Direct Route - RED HOOK, St. Thomas to WEST END, Tortola
1.) Aquatic Rentals Limited https://www.aquaticrentalsvi.com
2.) New Horizon Ferry https://www.newhorizonferry.com

Option 2 if you have more time & wish to explore Tortola
Downtown Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas - to - Road Town, Tortola: (you will need to allow enough time to still take a Land-Taxi from Road Town over to West End to catch the last 6:00pm New Horizons Ferry to Jost Van Dyke.
This is NOT the most direct route.

-Our Recommended Land Taxi in Tortola: Ronnie Jack +1 284-342-3729

Smiths Ferry https://www.smithsferry.com
Native Son Ferry https://www.nativesonferry.com
Road Town Fast Ferry https://www.roadtownfastferry.com
Red Hook St Thomas - to - Road Town Tortola

From St. Thomas & St. John to JVD (3 Days Per Week - TUES/FRI/SUN)
Inter Island Ferry Services https://interislandboatservices.com

BY WATER TAXI/ PRIVATE CHARTER BOATS

Water taxi's can transport you to/from just about any island but your main options are Tortola/St Thomas & St. John.  When flying into EIS(Tortola) you can arrange a pick-up near the airport and it's about a 4 minute walk to the dock.  When flying into STT - Most all Water Taxi's Pick-up on the East End of St. Thomas in either Red Hook/American Yacht Harbor or Sapphire Beach Marina bringing you over to the BVI Customs Docks in either Jost Van Dyke or West End Tortola for Customs & on to Jost Van Dyke.  Water Taxi's also operate as Charter Boats & we recommend the following companies for the ultimate excursion, whether snorkeling, diving or island hopping, it's a great way to explore more of the islands during your stay. Always Book Ahead of your arrival on island to guarantee availability for a chartered boat excursion (the sooner, the better).

Allure Charters & Water Taxi https://allurechartersbvi.com/
St. Thomas Boat Rental & Charters https://stthomasboatrental.com/
Paradise Water Taxi https://www.paradisewatertaxi.com
Ocean Dreams Water Taxi https://www.oceandreamswatertaxi.com
Chillout Charters Water Taxi www.chilloutchartersbvi.com

How do we get to Jost Van Dyke from Tortola using the ferry?

If you are coming from the Terrence Lettsome International Airport Tortola (airport code EIS and also referred to as Beef Island), or from Road Town Tortola, you will need to take a taxi to West End ferry docks (about 25 from town and 45 minutes from the airport).

Then you would take the New Horizon Ferry from West End (WE) to Jost Van Dyke (approx. 15 minutes).

West End Tortola - to - Jost Van Dyke
• New Horizon Ferry https://www.newhorizonferry.com

Feel free to contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for up-to-date information.

How frequently do the ferries run?

Daily. There are several ferry companies that offer different routes and day/time schedules. You should confirm with each company directly for times and availability. See other FAQs for additional information.

How do we get to Jost Van Dyke from San Juan, Puerto Rico?

From San Juan Puerto Rico, you will need to fly either to St. Thomas (STT) or to Beef island Lettsome Airport (EIS) Tortola first. There are several airline carriers. Then you can take a public ferry or private water taxi to Jost Van Dyke. There are NO ferry services from Puerto Rico to St. Thomas, Tortola, or JVD.  See other FAQs for more information.

How much does the public ferry cost to get from STT to Jost Van Dyke?

With many options for ferry transportation from STT to JVD, it is difficult to supply exact costs for ferry transportation services since also it is all controlled by each individual ferry company. Prices (and departure times) are subject to change (and they can frequently) and exclude Customs fees.  

See other FAQs for more information and links to each ferry operator.

It can cost from about $120 to $170 per person. Round trip tickets are usually a better deal. Ferry operators usually have additional baggage fees of $10-$20 per bag depending on weight.

Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com to get the most recent general cost breakdowns for ferry travel between STT and JVD.

You can also use a Private Water Taxi (see FAQs on water taxis below), and although private water taxis do usually cost more, if you are traveling with a larger group (8-10), then a water taxi is usually more affordable.

How long are the ferry rides?

It takes approximately 50 minutes from the Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas ferry dock to the Road Town Tortola ferry terminal, and approximately 15 minutes from West End Tortola to Jost Van Dyke.

The ferry from Red Hook St. Thomas to JVD via Cruz Bay St. John takes about 30 minutes.

The ferry from Red Hook St. Thomas to West End takes about 25 minutes.

The ferry times exclude the extra time to clear customs, which can take upwards of an hour depending on day and time.  They also exclude added time for any landtaxis.

What are the differences between taking the public ferry versus taking a private water taxi?

Below are some differences:

- Cost - Private water taxis usually cost more, especially for individuals or small groups.If you are traveling with a larger group (8-10), then a water taxi is usually less per person than the ferry.

- Convenience –
Travel on one boat (water taxi) versus multiple ferries plus a likely land taxi in between.

- Speed of Service
(less time) to get to where you want eliminating wait time. A water taxi will usually help to expedite clearing customs and getting you to your final destination faster than a public ferry that has to coordinate many passengers.

- Flexibility –
Private water taxis have more flexible departing times including waiting for passengers to transfer. This is especially useful if your party has different arrival times.

- Customizable & Personalized
to your arrival needs and timing. A seamless private transportation option, eliminating wait time and drastically reducing transit time.

- Enhanced Customer Service
for private water taxis – Help with luggage; they help you to clear customs and immigration and will personally check you in and out of Customs; they usually offer free refreshments on board; they are happy to answer all your questions and providing local travel and community information and recommendations.

- A better customer guest experience is typical for a private water taxi.

What is included in my BVI Customs Fees?

The international customs fees are shown below as an approximate breakdown. It can be complicated. These fees may vary based on Sundays, holiday, overtime, and number of passengers.This is the estimated amount your private water taxi Captain may charge each guest. You will be responsible for paying what the customs officers actually charge.

Total of $65 per person to enter the BVI (charged at port of entry – RoadTown, West End Tortola, or Great Harbour JVD). Fees are per person and include the following components:

Vessel Entry Customs and Immigration, document, processing fees (based on size of vessel and number of passengers)

BVI cruising permit
BVI Environmental and Tourism Levy
BVI Wharfage and dockage
BVI National Park Fee- VI Search & Rescue (VISAR)

BVI Departure and U.S. Entrance Fees per person and include the following components:

- BVI Departure Tax
- U.S. Port Authority

$40 per person Total Fee estimated to cover per guest departing BVI to USVI

Private water taxis offer either a fixed price with all fees included, or you to pay for only what is charged. Private boat entry is different from ferry entry into the BVI as ferries waive many of the fees.

NOTE: Arrivals to BVI Customs after 4:30pm will need to be cleared in advance by the Water Taxi Captain and will incur overtime fees.

When l exit the BVI and enter USVI on our way home, are there any customs fees that I might incur?

Yes, there is a per person customs fee that ranges from $25 to $40. Every visitor to the USVI 21 years of age or older may bring in, free of duty, the following: (1) 1 liter of wine or hard liquor; (2) 200 cigarettes, 100 cigars, or 3 pounds of smoking tobacco; and (3)$800 worth of gifts.

These exemptions are offered to travelers who spend at least 72 hours in theUnited States and who have not claimed them within the preceding 6 months. It is altogether forbidden to bring into the country certain foodstuffs(particularly fruit, cooked meats, and canned goods) and plants (vegetables, seeds, tropical plants, and the like). Foreign tourists may carry in or out up to $10,000 in U.S. or foreign currency with no formalities; larger sums must be declared to U.S. Customs on entering or leaving. For details regarding U.S.Customs and Border Protection, consult U.S. Customs (tel. 800/232-5378; www.cbp.gov).

Then from the U.S.V.I. to the states, U.S. citizens can bring back $1600 worth of goods duty-free. That can include 5 liters of liquor, plus an extra liter of rum (including Cruzan rum) if one of the bottles is produced in the Virgin Islands. Be sure to collect receipts for all purchases in the Virgin Islands and beware of merchants offering to give you a false receipt -- he or she might be an informer to U.S. Customs.  Also, keep in mind that any gifts received during your stay must be declared. For the most up-to-date specifics on what you can bring back from the BVI and the corresponding fees, go to www.cbp.gov. (Click on "Travel").

Note that visitors to the BVI can bring in food, with the exception of meat products that are not USDA-approved. Visitors can bring up to $10,000 in currency and 1liter of alcohol per person.

Is it hard to get to Jost Van Dyke from the US? What are the travel steps and issues we should expect?

Yes and no. It depends on where you are coming from, the time of year, your airline, and the total cost.  For most, it is a full day of travel to get to Jost Van Dyke.  BUT it is totally worth it, and what makes Jost Van Dyke so quaint.

There are many direct flights from major US cities to US St. Thomas Cyril E.King Airport (airport code-STT).  STT is our recommended arrival/departure airport for cost, speed, and flexibility.

From there, you will need to take a land taxi to the ferry or private water taxi to take you to Jost Van Dyke. See other FAQs for more details.

There ARE daily ferries to JVD between the islands. Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for any help or questions with ferry bookings.

You can choose to fly first to San Juan Puerto Rico, and then take a small plane to either St. Thomas (STT) or to Tortola Terrence B. Lettsome Airport (airport code-EIS). There are several different air carriers. From there, you will need to take a public ferry or private water taxi to get to Jost VanDyke.

Jost Van Dyke has no airport or seaplane landing area.

What should I consider as I prepare for my trip to White Bay Villas?  Where can I go for important information?

Jost Van Dyke is a small, quiet, off the beaten path tropical island. There are no retail chain stores, chain hotels, or chain restaurants. Most guests to JVD are day sailors and charter boats, that only stay for short periods. There are many bars and restaurants on JVD that offer live music during the high season (December through March), especially in the evenings. JVD is predominately a beach-focused island, and a place to beach comb, chill out, sleep, read, hike, and generally relax. There is very little dress code, although it is British and many establishments require tops, especially for dinner.

Use the links for more information about Jost Van Dyke and BVI include:

www.bvitourism.com
www.bviwelcome.com
https://bvi.gov.vg

What should I plan on bringing with us to Jost Van Dyke? Do you have a checklist?

Beyond the basics of international travel, you should use common sense and your comfort levels when considering what to pack for a tropical vacation. Below is additional information to consider.

Jost Van Dyke is a tropical island influenced by the trade winds. It can be sunny, hot, and humid during the day, especially during the summer months. A great time to visit the Jost Van Dyke is April to June, when you can expect mild weather and very little rainfall. The peak season (most popular) is December to March, when the daily average temperature is around 24/25°C(75/77°F), and a hotter and sultry period from May to October, when the daily average is around 28°C (82°F), but you will feel like you have the island to yourself.

Many times, there is a cool breeze coming from offshore.  Walking around in the evenings and nights can sometimes feel chilly after a day in the sun on the beach. There are also insects including mosquitoes, sand fleas, no-see-ums, and flies.

At a minimum, here are some items we recommend that you bring with you:

·       Bring light clothes and possibly a scarf or wrap for the breezes
·       A sweatshirt for the evening
·       At least one pair of long pants
·       Sunscreen that is safe for coral reefs is a must
·       Insect repellent
·       Skin lotions, especially those that can help with sunburn
·       Sunglasses
·       Shade hat
·       Bathing suits
·       Snorkel gear, swim goggles
·       Sandals, flip-flops, sneakers, walking shoes
·       Book(s)
·       Camera
·       Insulated water bottle

Can I get all the way to Jost Van Dyke on the same day?

Yes, but it can be a long day.

Flight Requirements for Same Day Travel to Jost Van Dyke

If you have not yet booked flights and are hoping for same day transport (ferry or water taxi) to Jost Van Dyke, please note the following while making travel arrangements. Ferry schedules change frequently. It is important to check with the ferry operators, and even buy tickets online in advance. Lastly, the local island culture may not move as fast as you might be used to and sometimes service takes longer.

See other FAQs for ferry times announcements for travel changes.  You should also check with the individual carriers for times and reservations.

VIA ST. THOMAS (STT)

Flying into St. Thomas (STT):

Fly to St. Thomas and take the ferry to Road Town Tortola or West End Tortola, and then the ferry from West End to Jost Van Dyke. You should plan on arriving to STT no later than 2:30 pm in order to catch the 5:00pm ferry from Red Hook St. Thomas to West End Tortola and then West End to last daily Jost van Dyke New Horizons ferry at 6:00 pm
 
Departures from STT airport:

Flights must be after 3:30 pm in order to have enough time to get to the airport at the 3-hour suggested advance time.

VIA TORTOLA (EIS)

Flying into Beef Island (EIS):
 
     - There are no time restraints when landing at EIS
     - Departing flights should be booked no earlier than 11am

Getting from Tortola to Jost Van Dyke

Once you arrive in Tortola and clear Customs, you will take a taxi (approx. $30/person) to West End. There is a ferry to Jost Van Dyke (the New Horizon ferry) leaving at 8am, 10am, 1pm, 4pm, and 6pm.

Private Water Taxis

We recommend that you consider a Private Water Taxi, which would allow you and your party more flexibility, convenience, and less stress. See other FAQs above.

NOTE: The WBV private water taxi service is currently not operating.  For later arrivals, Franky Chinnery at Paradise Water Taxi https://www.paradisewatertaxi.com can also bring you to Great Harbor JVD where you will get in a taxi (approx. $10/person) to bring you directly up to your villa. Please book Paradise Water Taxi online ahead to reserve. There are other private water taxis as well.  
Prices and times change, and you should check with your carrier.

Other water taxi carriers include:  

- Ocean Dreams Water Taxi: 340-998-6720  www.oceandreamswatertaxi.com
- BVI Water Taxi:  www.bviwatertaxi.com/
- VI/BVI Water Taxi:  www.vi-bvi-water-taxi.com

About White Bay Villas

What is your cancellation policy?

No refunds will be made in cases of guest cancellations. Instead, provided that the cancellation is made at least 90 days in advance of arrival date, a credit is extended on amounts paid for the guest to use for a future booking at White Bay Villas. This credit has no expiration. This policy is firm as our guests very often book twelve months or longer in advance and we do not have the ability to secure another rental on short notice. We highly recommend that all our guests purchase travel insurance, as we cannot accommodate refunds due to the long lead time on reservations. No credits will be given for weather-related flight delays, flight cancellations, or for early departures.

Contact us regarding cancellations for emergency medical reasons. Please view our full cancellation policy here or contact us for further information.

Are there mosquitos on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes. As in all tropical climates, there are mosquitos and other biting insects such as sand fleas and no-see-ums. We provide bug spray and coils in the Villas, but you should also consider bringing your own insect repellents. If it’s been dry and windy there are fewer mosquitoes than if it’s been unseasonably rainy and wet. All villas are regularly treated to minimize bugs. All Villas have screens in the windows that minimize flying insects from entering.All Villas also have air conditioning. Mosquito netting for beds is available on request.

Can we smoke in the villas?

No smoking of any kind is allowed in any of our villas.

What food related items are included in my villa?

Just a few basics. Salt & pepper, and a variety of spices on the spice rack. No coffee, no tea is provided.  A water filtration pitcher is also included. Many food items are locally available for purchase on Jost Van Dyke.

Is the water from faucets in the Villas safe to drink?

Yes. Note that there are few natural water sources on JVD.  The source is predominately rainwater that we collect and store in large cisterns located underground below the villas.  As needed, we supplement that with desalination water that we produce from our own system or purchased locally from the BVI water company on Jost Van Dyke. All the water is triple filtered on site before it reaches your villa.  Absolutely no chemical purifiers or other additives are used. You will experience our soft rainwater to drink and bath in. Please bring a reusable water bottle to reduce waste. Unfortunately, there is no recycling in the BVI.

Are groceries available locally on Jost Van Dyke?

There are a couple “superettes” (similar to convenience stores) on JVD that sell many basics.  Additionally, there are farmers and fishermen who are happy to sell their seasonal harvest.  We also offer a provisioning service so grocery items can be pre-ordered and delivered to your villa prior to your arrival.

Third Party Disclaimer: We will not be responsible for any loss, damage, cost or added expense incurred by any Person or Guest using any Third Party Services that are not included in WBV fees. We assume no responsibility, liability, or remediation for any errors, omissions, or damages related to any services provided beyond those under the management of White Bay Villas.

Can we arrange to have our Villa provisioned with food and beverages prior to our arrival?

Yes. You can arrange to have almost all of your grocery and beverage needs to be delivered to JVD and even to your villa. RiteWay Food Market and Bobby's Super Market located on Tortola have online grocery shopping, which you can arrange a few days before arrival. Those stores will also arrange to have your groceries brought over via ferry (fees apply) to JVD and picked up at the dock.  

WBV can make it easy for you as we can take care of all the steps including picking the boxes up at the ferry and stocking the items in your kitchen. Imagine arriving at your Villa that is already stocked with your favorite foods and beverages. Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for further information. You can bring items from the US or USVI’s as baggage, but you may incur a 10% duty tax.

Third Party Disclaimer: We will not be responsible for any loss, damage, cost or added expense incurred by any Person or Guest using any Third Party Services that are not included in WBV fees. We assume no responsibility, liability, or remediation for any errors, omissions, or damages related to any services provided beyond those under the management of White Bay Villas.

How far is it to walk to Great Harbour or White Bay Beach from the Villas?

You can easily walk to White Bay Beach from our Villas. It takes between 2-10 minutes depending where you are on the property. We have constructed easy to follow walking paths to the beach. Note that the Villas are built into a hill overlooking White Bay and there is about a 100+ feet (33 meters) elevation gain from the beach, which might be considered difficult for some. On request, the WBV staff can drive you down to the beach and back using our electric vehicles. Great Harbour is a 15-to-20-minute walk from WBV depending on your pace and which Villa you are in. Taxis are also available.

Is snorkel gear available or should we bring our own?

We offer a selection of free snorkel gear including masks, snorkels, and fins to use. But bring your own if you prefer. We cannot guarantee a perfect fit. Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for more information.

Is there air conditioning in the Villas/Cottages?

Yes. All villas have new, high efficiency AC units in the bedrooms.  All units also have ceiling fans.

Are there jeeps available to rent on the island?

Yes. We recommend Paradise Jeep Rentals. Note that locals refer to all 4-wheel vehicles as Jeeps.  Please contact them for more information. Paradise Jeep Rentals: +1 284-495-9477

Is there Wi-Fi and Internet service on Island and at the Villas?

Yes. All our Villas have Wi-Fi along with fast, redundant, and secure high-speed Internet service and is free for guests.  Many of the local establishments also provide free Wi-Fi. WBV is the perfect place to work from home (WFH). Also, all villas have a smart TV with Roku, stereo with Bluetooth wireless streaming, and USB connectivity. WBV also has redundant emergency generators for enhanced reliability.

Is there cellular coverage on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes. Note that coverage is from BVI companies, and you might incur roaming fees and foreign charges from your carrier. The local providers are: CCT Prepaid Plans, Digicel BVI Prepaid Plans and Flow BVI Mobile.

AT&T broadcasts good service from US St. Thomas and many guests staying at WBV get decent coverage as there are line of sight towers from St. Thomas to WBV. Note that most calls can be made over Wi-Fi (check your phone settings) and Internet, and most locals use WhatsApp, which is Wi-Fi/Internet based.

Are there beach chairs and lounges available on White Bay Beach?

Yes. We have cushioned beach loungers available for you at our new private White Bay Villas Beach Club and Alice’s restaurant on White Bay Beach. See below FAQ on the White Bay Beach Club. Coolers and beach towels are also provided in your villa.

Tell me more about the White Bay Beach Club:

The private White Bay Beach Club, and its upscale bar restaurant called Alice’s, is located on the beach at White Bay close to the White Bay Villas. The club is open for lounging and day use along with Alice’s restaurant and bar.

The White Bay Beach Club is first and foremost, a value-added amenity for White Bay Villa (WBV) guests. The Beach Club is a private club and not open to the general public.  It is the policy of the Beach Club to require membership. Day passes are available for non-WBV guests. Only members or guests of members are permitted to use the Beach Club and Alice’s. The Beach Club reserves the right to change its membership rules and policies at any time.

The Beach Club is a modern, eco-friendly green (uses solar energy and water reuse), sustainably built (rebuilt 40-year old structure utilizing heat recovery and the most energy efficient and water conserving equipment), and resilient (hardened structure to withstand the worst imagined forces of nature and including backup generators and a separate grid network) property.  It consists of a private restaurant and bar, shaded outdoor patios with tables and chairs, with modern bathrooms, freshwater showers, beach chairs, and a variety of water sports equipment.

Alice’s is open daily from about noon to 10:00 pm and serving lunch, dinner, plus snack options in-between. The kitchen closes at 9:00pm. Dress codes apply and will be posted. The menu features local and fresh with a Mediterranean flare. It is an exclusive high-end full-service restaurant that has a hand-made wood-fired pizza oven adding to the many food options that are available. See the Alice’s web pages for more information and menu.

All White Bay Villa guests have full access to all the amenities offered by the Beach Club located on White Bay beach Jost Van Dyke.  All these amenities are included in the resort fee EXCEPT for food and beverages.  

Beach Club amenities and benefits to WBV guests include:

- Access to Alice’s Restaurant and Bar. All restaurant charges and bar tabs can be charged to your villa or paid by credit card. Villa guests can bring additional guests (guests of our guests) to the restaurant and bar to join your party.
--- Dinner reservations are highly recommended. Villa guest members have priority for reservations and at open seating times.  If the Villa guest has no dinner reservation, or at all other times, table availability will be first come first served basis.  Take-out options are available.  No room service is available.

- Beach chairs and loungers located in front of the Beach Club
- Beach towels
- Secure lockers
- Freshwater outdoor showers
- Filtered drinking water
- Ice
- Water sports equipment including sea kayaks, stand up paddle boards, waveboards, tubes, rafts, and floats. Kayaks and paddle boards can be reserved in advance.

How green, sustainable, and resilient are the White Bay Villas?

All Villas and buildings are hardened, hurricane-tested, and built with a culture of resiliency, sustainability, clean/green renewable energy, conservation, and climate change issues foremost in mind.  

Key components include:

• Energy and water efficiency and conservation  
• Materials and resource management including recycling, reclamation, and reuse (e.g., using villa grey water in landscaping)
• Solar panels to make electricity
• Backup emergency generators for enhanced reliability

We are committed to a unique and sustainable eco-tourism resort and a community that sources locally and cares about our guests, our staff, the Virgin Islands locals, and life itself.  We have a long history of commitment and authenticity in how we love and respect the beautiful, yet fragile environment, and the people of Jost Van Dyke. Click here for more.

Do you offer options for weddings, events, and meetings?

Yes. Destination weddings in a tropical place can be glorious and White Bay Villas offers a beautiful place to have one. We offer coordinated villa rentals for all your guests. We also have several beautiful intimate locations and venues for wedding vows and ceremonies, including on the beach. Alice’s Restaurant can accommodate about 150 guests. We have several plated and buffet meal and bar options. See WBV Destination Weddings.

We have plans for a hilltop private meeting, reception area, and events pavilion above WBV (called Dandy Point) with an incredible view that will be able to accommodate larger groups.

What is the pet policy at WBV?

White Bay Villas is a pet-friendly resort.  You are welcome to bring your dog or other pet.

What do I do if a hurricane is approaching during my stay at WBV, or just ahead of my reservation?

The Atlantic hurricane season runs from June 1 to November 30, though the peak period is from the beginning of August through the end of October, when 78% of all Caribbean storms occur and 96% of major hurricanes. Note that tropical storms can occur year-round. We encourage all guests to get travel insurance before traveling to the Caribbean.

If a hurricane causes travel disruptions or shortens your stay, the White Bay Villas cancellation policy states that no cash refunds will be made. Instead, registered guests precluded from staying at White Bay Villas because of such circumstances will be given full credit for amounts paid but not utilized for use on a future stay at White Bay Villas. This credit has no expiration date.  Most travel insurance policies will pay for some, or all emergency travel costs due to hurricanes.

Note that the White Bay Villas themselves are hurricane-tested, hardened, and constructed with resiliency foremost in mind including back-up power.

Does White Bay Villas offer Spa services such as a massage?

We are affiliated with a local spa and massage company.  Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for more details and rates.

Is White Bay Villas kid-friendly and suitable for families?

Yes, absolutely! There is no better way to reconnect with your family then to enjoy time in a beautiful and safe beach paradise without the distractions of work, school and screen time. There are unlimited opportunities for nature exploration with great hiking, snorkeling, and water adventures.  

About Jost Van Dyke

Are there taxis on the island?

Yes. There are taxis readily available on the island. Please contact us if you need to hire taxi services during your stay. WBV staff are often times available to take you down to the Beach Club and Alice’s. We recommend renting a small Jeep for your convenience and flexibility during your stay. Check out Paradise Jeep Rentals for more information.

Can I rent a dinghy or other boat on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes. Dinghy rentals are available from Sugar& Spice. Dinghies start at around $120 per day (day considered 9:00am to 5:00 pm).  No other type of small boats are currently available. Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for more information.

Are there day sails or boat charters available on Jost Van Dyke or in Tortola?

Yes. Franky’s, BVI Eco-tours, and SAIL-BVI offer a variety of options. There are also day sails out of Tortola. Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for more information.

What island excursions are available?

There are many activities to do during your stay at White Bay Villas. You can ferry to and explore Tortola or St. Thomas, rent a dinghy, go deep sea fishing, sea kayaking, scuba diving, and snorkeling. Please check out our Activities page to learn more. Please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for more information.

Is there fishing gear available to rent on Island?

Yes. There is fishing gear you can rent, although most avid fishers bring their own. Bait is available locally. You can fish off the rocks or surf fish from the beach in designated areas.  And if you would like someone to take you fishing, please contact Dave Chinnery at 284-540-9614. Additionally, deep sea fishing charters are available and provide fishing gear.

Can we purchase fresh fish and lobster on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes. There are several of local fishermen that we stay in close contact with. When at the Villas, please contact us at +1 340-201-4976 or info@jostvandyke.com for assistance.

What restaurants and bars are open on Jost Van Dyke?

Many bars and restaurants on White Bay, Great Harbour, Little Harbour, and even Diamond Cay are open. Check out our Dining pages for more information. Note that our private White Bay Beach Club bar restaurant Alice’s is open, and the food is terrific.  See Alice’s for more information.

Are medical or health services available on Jost Van Dyke?

Yes. There is a full-time nurse with a clinic in Great Harbour.

What are the COVID-19 protocols for Jost Van Dyke?

Is it safe to walk around on Jost Van Dyke? What about Tortola? What about St. Thomas?

Yes. It is especially safe on Jost Van Dyke. Like for many island destinations, there can be a few unhappy residents that can be loud. Always be vigilant when walking in unknown areas. Tortola and St. Thomas are generally safe, especially during the daytime.

I like to shop. Are there retail establishments I can explore?

Yes. On Jost Van Dyke, there are retail shops and boutiques that sell clothing, t-shirts, jewelry, beach stuff, souvenirs, etc.  Many are associated with bar/restaurants (example, Foxy’s and Soggy Dollar) that sell branded, as well as other, merchandise.

Charlotte Amalie St. Thomas is a well-known “mecca” port for tax-free and duty-free “everything”, especially jewelry. Many cruise ships purposely dock in Charlotte Amalie for that very reason. Tortola has many excellent retail shopping areas in both Road Town and West End. Both of these locations are accessible via ferry.

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