Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s

On Thursday, we enjoyed a fun day on the east end of Jost Van Dyke. After breakfast the next morning, we released the mooring lines and journeyed three short miles to the west end of the island, picking up a mooring on the east end of White Bay. White Bay owes its name to the beautiful white sand beaches which line the shore. There are also a number of bars and restaurants, the most notable of which is The Soggy Dollar Bar. The place is famous for being the location where the Pain Killer was invented, a tropical concoction consisting of dark rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and coconut juice. I am able to attest to its deliciousness. The place apparently got its name from all the soggy dollars which were provided as payment for food and drink. There is no dock on White Bay. The only way to shore is to swim in! (Or, ground your dinghy on the beach.)

A look out across White Bay from the moored Beatitude

A look out across White Bay from the moored Beatitude

Beatitude in White Bay

Beatitude in White Bay

Shortly after securing our vessel to the mooring, we dinghied into the Soggy Dollar Bar for lunch and to enjoy the drink which was invented here. Neither lunch nor the drink disappointed. Later in the afternoon, we took Dalรญ to the beach on the east end of the bay. We grounded her in front of Ivan’s Stress Free Bar and played and snorkeled in the water. The water in the anchorage was remarkably clear and turquoise in color. We could watch turtles crawl across the bottom twelve feet beneath our boat. They would come up for air periodically, offering us brief moments to attempt snapshots. There were also quite a few fish, small and not so small, playing in the water beneath the boat.

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A look down the beach (away from Soggy Dollar Bar)

A look down the beach (away from Soggy Dollar Bar)

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Tracy and Julie on the Soggy Dollar Bar Webcam

Tracy and Julie on the Soggy Dollar Bar Webcam

Tracy playing the ring game at Soggy Dollar Bar

Tracy playing the ring game at Soggy Dollar Bar

Enjoying the waters of White Bay with Beatitude behind

Enjoying the waters of White Bay with Beatitude behind

Julie and Tracy in the beautiful waters in front of Ivan's Stress-Free Bar

Julie and Tracy in the beautiful waters in front of Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar

Group selfie!

Group selfie!

Beatitude is moored directly in front of Ivan's (Kenny Chesney's music video, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem," was filmed in and around Jost Van Dyke, including at Ivan's Stress-Free Bar)

Beatitude is moored directly in front of Ivan’s (Kenny Chesney’s music video, “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problem,” was filmed in and around Jost Van Dyke, including at Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar)

Tracy at the Ivan's Stress Free Bar (and, Go Dawgs!)

Tracy at the Ivan’s Stress Free Bar (and, Go Dawgs!)

One of the several turtle sightings right next to our boat

One of the several turtle sightings right next to our boat

Sunset on Day One in White Bay

Sunset on Day One in White Bay

On Saturday we took a taxi over to the next harbour, known as Great Harbour, where we dispensed with the formalities of clearing out of the British Virgin Islands. The process was painless, perhaps aided by Tracy’s liberal tip that she gave the waiter at Foxy’s Taboo a couple of days previous. Our customs official was also our waiter that day! He mentioned how generous Tracy was and cleared us out of the country with a smile. While in Great Harbour, we walked a couple of hundred feet past the customs and immigration office to another famous island bar called Foxy’s (not to be confused with Foxy’s Taboo, which is, in fact, owned by the same person). This is an iconic beach bar begun in the 70s after Foxy wanted to provide a place for the church goers to celebrate with a drink after going to church to thank God for the harvest. Foxy, himself, often sits near the entrance playing his guitar, singing, and telling jokes. We were happy he was there when we visited. Sir Foxy has even been knighted by the Queen for his contributions to public life in the British Virgin Islands.

Our beautiful oldest daughter, Julie

Our beautiful oldest daughter, Julie

Waiting on the Taxi at The Perfect Pineapple

Waiting on the Taxi at The Perfect Pineapple

A view of White Bay  taken from our taxi atop the hill dividing White Bay from Great Harbour (Beatitude visible in foreground)

A view of White Bay taken from our taxi atop the hill dividing White Bay from Great Harbour (Beatitude visible in foreground)

Julie on the hammock near Foxy's

Julie on the hammock near Foxy’s

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Hanging out with Foxy

Hanging out with Foxy

Foxy and the girls.

Foxy and the girls.

Cindy gave Foxy one of her handmade Easter notecards.

Cindy gave Foxy one of her handmade Easter notecards.

We found the Sailing Florida burgee hanging at Foxy's.  It contains the signature of Captian Roy Rogers, who left it here on a previous visit. We took our initial sailing lessons at Sailing Florida in St. Petersburg, and Captain Roy was our instructor.

We found the Sailing Florida burgee hanging at Foxy’s. It contains the signature of Captian Roy Rogers, who left it here on a previous visit. We took our initial sailing lessons at Sailing Florida in St. Petersburg, and Captain Roy was our instructor.

We left one of Beatitude's newly redesigned boat cards stapled to the post at Foxy's

We left one of Beatitude’s newly redesigned boat cards stapled to the post at Foxy’s

After relaxing at Foxy’s, we returned to Beatitude and played in the water for a little while in the evening. The next day, we would be returning to St. Thomas, the last destination in our short BVI cruise with Julie and Tracy. They would sadly be leaving us on Monday.

Another shot of Beatitude in White Bay on the return taxi ride.

Another shot of Beatitude in White Bay on the return taxi ride.

Kayaking ashore to play close to shore.

Kayaking ashore to play close to shore.

Enjoying a dip behind the boat

Enjoying a dip behind the boat

Sunset on Day Two in White Bay

Sunset on Day Two in White Bay

2 thoughts on “Soggy Dollar and Foxy’s

  1. Wow! What gorgeous water! Such beautiful scenery! I’m so glad you all got to sail around together and enjoy the different places! Looks like you all had a great time! They are going to hate to go back to reality ๐Ÿ™‚

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