Welcome to Jost Van Dyke. Never heard of it? This island is classically known for inventing the Painkiller cocktail, a famous concoction of Pusser's dark Rum, cream of coconut, pineapple juice, and orange juice.
I had the opportunity to visit this magical place while on my Caribbean cruise, as it was offered as a shore excursion from the island of Tortola.
Can you even IMAGINE living in isolation, in paradise, amidst such a small population?! I bet life is so relaxing and carefree. Not a care in the world other than to take in the beauty of their surroundings.
Swimming ashore was quite the adventure. Our boat anchored a few hundred yards from shore. One by one we jumped off the boat and dove into the warm water. I hadn't swam in such a long time, so it was a little bit challenging, but I made it!
The beach felt like it was ours. It was uncrowded, unspoiled, and absolutely gorgeous. After sunbathing for a little bit we walked up to the Soggy Dollar Bar.
We immediately felt welcome in this eclectic beachfront bar. We all had coupons for free painkillers, so we each got one.
The bartender sprinkled some fresh nutmeg on top which gave it a little extra flavor. It was really good! I don't usually care for citrus-y drinks so I couldn't finish it all, but it was yummy and a nice pick-me-up at 11 in the morning!
The gift shop had some great treasures - lots of hats and t-shirts bearing the JVD or Soggy Dollar logos, and knick knacks like magnets, mugs, playing cards, and stickers. I went home with a cute pair of black sweatpants, with 'SOGGY' written down the leg.
The beautiful view from my beach chair. Doesn't the water look inviting?
Posing for my boyfriend in my Victoria's Secret bikini.
The lifestyle here was so casual and laidback, it was nice to come here and take a minute to pause. And slow down. And escape the fast-paced life I live. I went home with many fond memories of this place!
Have a great weekend loves! I am going to be the quintessential party girl tonight, and I can't wait ;)