Jost Van Dyke - British Virgin Islands
Anchor in Great Harbour Bay where your tender will take you ashore. Great Harbour has a picturesque village of wooden houses set on a sandy beach. The harbour's three restaurants, all provide local food and atmosphere at the shore's edge. This rugged island, on the seaward (west) side of Tortola, was probably named after a Dutch settler. In the 1700s a Quaker settled here to develop sugarcane plantations. One of the colonists, William Thorton, won a worldwide competition to design the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C. Smaller islands surround the place including Little Jost Van Dyke, the birthplace of Dr. John Lettsome, founder of the London Medical Society. About 130 people live on this four square miles of mountainous island. On the south shore you'll find White Bay and great beaches. Inhabited first by the Arawak and then by Carib peoples, the Virgin Islands were settled by the Dutch from 1648 but in 1672 they became a British colony. During the 17th century the Virgin Islands were frequented by buccaneers and pirates. Though the islands remain a British Dependency, the official currency was changed to the U.S. dollar to reflect its trade relationships with the USA and Puerto Rico. There are more than 30 cruises calling at this port. Click the month or cruise line logo you are interested in to see details of the cruises.