Jost Van Dyke and the Soggy Dollar Bar!

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Arriving at Jost Van Dyke

We left Marina Cay, and it seemed in no time at all we arrived at Jost Van Dyke.  The main attraction here is a place called the Soggy Dollar Bar, so named because there is no dock here for boats to park!  The Breakaway simply got as close to the beach as it could, and everyone had to jump off and swim to land!  Being 6'2", I was able to touch bottom right away, but the water was up to my neck.  We made our way to land, and joined the throngs of people who were already there, from the several other boats that surrounded us.  There are several stores and small restaurants in a row here, but thae majority of folks were enjoying themselves around the bar.

Making "Painkillers" by the dozens!
  The Soggy Dollar got it's name because everyone has to swim to get here....and thus arrives with wet money!!   They actually have a clothesline behind the bar, where they clip the wet bills that people give them, to dry out!! 

  One of the bartenders was making Painkillers by the dozens.  This is a well known Caribbean drink that was invented here at the Soggy Dollar.  It consists of rum, pineapple juice, orange juice, and cream of coconut, seved on the rocks with fresh nutmeg grated on top.  Delicious!  You'll get a nice island buzz going in no time!  There was already a fair amount of people in the bar, as there were several other boats in the area, all with the same idea.  There was an old man entertaining the group with his guitar, singing island songs, and a few people were playing a ring-toss game on a tree out front.

This guy was entertaining the crowd with relaxing island songs
  A small metal ring was hanging off a branch on a string, and there was a small metal hook attached to a board on the tree.  The idea was to swing the ring on the string (try saying that 3 times fast!) and get it to make a "ringer" onto the metal hook.  Im not sure what the prize was if you accomplished this feat, maybe a free drink or something?  In any event, no one was able to get the job done.... not an easy task when completely sober, certainly more challenging when you have a few Painkillers  under your belt!  

We relaxed for a little bit in the hammocks that were strung between some palm trees in front of the bar. The place kind of reminded me of the tv commercials for Corona beer- where they show people relaxing on the beach enjoying Coronas.

Yep! This sure beats school!
  If fact, one of the crewmembers told me that those commercials were filmed on a smaller island that we passed, not too far from here!  Tyler and I took pictures of each other relaxing in the hammocks, but I didn't stay there too long...  the rope of the hammock was aggravating my sunburn!  Tyler and I decided to walk around and do a little exploring, there were a few other shops and restaurants nearby.  I was looking for a place to buy replacement batteries for my camera, and found a conveniance store that had what I was looking for.  As you can probably tell, I went through quite a few camera batteries on this trip!   ( I normally use rechargeables, but staying in a tent doesn't give you many opportunities to plug in a charger!) Tyler, too young for alcohol, grabbed a Red Bull to keep his energy up.
An overview of the goings on at The Soggy Dollar Bar, on July 6th, 2008. Old man plays "Downpressure Man" while people drink painkillers, hang out on the beach, play ring toss, and watch the bikini clad women walk by
  We wandered back to the Soggy Dollar, and I bought Ty a T-shirt and a few souvenirs in the gift shop at the back of the bar.  We hung around the beach there for a little while, I had another painkiller, and before we knew it, the crew was blowing the horn to tell us it was time to head back to Breakaway.  They give you a double tied plastic bag in the gift shop, to help you swim back to the boat and keep your souvenirs dry!  I also had brought a small airtight ziplock bag for my camera, and we succeded in keeping everything dry as we made our way back to the boat.  Tyler and a few other boys couldn't resist the opportunity to do a few backflip dives off the boat, as we waited for the others to return.  While waiting, the crew members got the papeerwork ready for everyone to "pay up"  for the trip.
Tyler jumping off the boat that took us to Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands, while we were returning from the Soggy Dollar Bar
.. I found out then that the trip AND the tip, could be put on a credit card!!  All that stressing about finding a cash machine earlier, and in the end, I didn't even need it!   I gave them a good tip, though, they deserved it, and the crew really earned it.  I would recommend this trip to anyone who has a full day to spend in the Virgin Islands! Just don't forget your passport!

Once all the paperwork, paying, etc. was done, and everyone was back on board,  we were on our way back to Cruz Bay!

WaltJake says:
Yeah, I guess we weren't near there. There is no harbor anywhere near the Soggy Dollar...it got its name because patrons have to swim to shore from their boats! No dock, even!
Posted on: Nov 12, 2008
vances says:
Just checked on-line and sure enough, they are still around...right at the harbor (the Dollar is a little ways down the beach, right?) --> Check out [url=http://www.foxysbar.com/home.html] Foxy's [/url] for more info!
Posted on: Nov 12, 2008
WaltJake says:
I didn't notice Foxy's...was it on the same location? There were a few other bars, restaurants, etc. nearby, but we didn't really check them out too thouroughly.
Posted on: Nov 11, 2008
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Arriving at Jost Van Dyke
Arriving at Jost Van Dyke
Making Painkillers by the dozens!
Making "Painkillers" by the dozens!
This guy was entertaining the crow…
This guy was entertaining the cro…
Yep! This sure beats school!
Yep! This sure beats school!
An overview of the goings on at T…
Tyler jumping off the boat that t…
Plenty of other boats around
Plenty of other boats around
get ready to swim!
get ready to swim!
departing the Breakaway
departing the Breakaway
The boat anchored here, we walked …
The boat anchored here, we walked…
ready for drinks?
ready for drinks?
was a pretty good crowd already th…
was a pretty good crowd already t…
Ty watches a group playing a ring-…
Ty watches a group playing a ring…
... they werent having much succe…
... they weren't having much succ…
There was a metal ring at the end …
There was a metal ring at the end…
...the idea was to throw the ring …
...the idea was to throw the ring…
Great view of the beach from the b…
Great view of the beach from the …
They had hammocks strung between p…
They had hammocks strung between …
View from the hammock!
View from the hammock!
...he could get used to this!
...he could get used to this!
Ouch!  The rope hammock is not ide…
Ouch! The rope hammock is not id…
Checking out a restaurant next to …
Checking out a restaurant next to…
A kitty stands guard!
A kitty stands guard!
The places were open-air.  Roofs, …
The places were open-air. Roofs,…
hello, kitty!
hello, kitty!
purrrrrr.....
purrrrrr.....
Jost Van Dyke beach
Jost Van Dyke beach
Ty chugs a Red Bull
Ty chugs a Red Bull
we wandered around, exploring the …
we wandered around, exploring the…
interesting bar and grill!
interesting bar and grill!
lots of floats, etc. decorated thi…
lots of floats, etc. decorated th…
cool signs
cool signs
thatt the island attitude!
that't the island attitude!
random floats
random floats
a beautiful beach!
a beautiful beach!
Looking towards the Soggy Dollar, …
Looking towards the Soggy Dollar,…
beautiful, clear water!
beautiful, clear water!
most of the shops had lawn chairs …
most of the shops had lawn chairs…
plenty of folks took advantage of …
plenty of folks took advantage of…
They had a lot of Police and Fire …
They had a lot of Police and Fire…
I liked this one!
I liked this one!
They had quite the collection!
They had quite the collection!
..and a pretty good crowd it was!
..and a pretty good crowd it was!
They had a clothesline to hang up …
They had a clothesline to hang up…
...lots of wet money!
...lots of wet money!
Ty, who cant drink, not that impr…
Ty, who can't drink, not that imp…
This famous Caribbean drink, the P…
This famous Caribbean drink, the …
Can I have another Red Bull?
"Can I have another Red Bull?"
This guy was kinda slow
This guy was kinda slow
This photo is a little blurry...bu…
This photo is a little blurry...b…
A must-see location on Jost Van Dy…
A must-see location on Jost Van D…
A relaxing place to hang out!
A relaxing place to hang out!
Time to head back
Time to head back
Other boats were coming and going …
Other boats were coming and going…
heading back to the boat
heading back to the boat
Wading out to Breakaway
Wading out to "Breakaway"
...all aboard!
...all aboard!
Souvenir Painkiller cup
Souvenir "Painkiller" cup
Since this was the last stop, this…
Since this was the last stop, thi…
While waiting, Tyler and some othe…
While waiting, Tyler and some oth…
Moving out!
Moving out!
So long, Jost Van Dyke! It was fun!
So long, Jost Van Dyke! It was fun!
Jost Van Dyke
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