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Virgin Islands Photo’s From the Archives
Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands circa 1995
Hasn’t Changed Much

Great Harbour, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Live Music on St. John Monday, February 21

High Tide – Steven Sloan – 7:00 – 10:00 – 714-6169
La TapaSambacombo – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693-7755
Maho Bay – Cool Session – 8:00 – 10:00
Ocean Grill – Chris Carsel – 6:30 – 9:30 – 693 3304
Rhumb LinesDavid Laabs – 7:00 – 10:00

A word of caution to my visitors: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

Weekly Music Schedule

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Virgin Islands Photo of the Day

Abes Restaurant, Little harbour Jost Van Dyke British Virgin Islands

Abes Restaurant, Little Harbour Jost Van Dyke BVI

Dining out in the Virgin Islands can be a very unique and rewarding experience.The above photo is “Abes” restaurant on Little Harbour, Jost Van Dyke. A little “Off the Beaten Track,” but probably the best conch and lobster in the Virgin Islands.

Live Music on St. John Sunday, February 20

Aqua Bistro – Lauren – 3:30 – 6:30 – 776-5336
Beach BarThe Fiddler – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Concordia – Bo – 4:00 – 8:00 – 777-4220
Miss Lucy’sSambacombo – 10:00 am – 2:00 pm – 693-5244
Ocean GrillDavid Laabs – 6:00 – 9:00 – 693 3304
Rhumb Lines – T-Bird – 7:00 – 10:00
Shipwreck – Hot Club of Coral Bay – 7:00 – 10:00 -693-5640

A word of caution to my visitors: I’m doing the best I can to present an accurate music schedule, but to be sure, it would be a great idea to call the restaurant or bar beforehand to confirm.

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Sandcastle Hotel, White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
The founders of the Soggy Dollar Bar and Sandcastle Hotel are George and Marie Myrick. They first came to the Caribbean and cruised the island- on the Water Lily, a 53-foot motor-sailer, which they ran as a charter operation and for the owners. They then leased Little Thatch and ran a hotel there. They built the Sandcastle in 1970 and ran it for ten years after which they returned to the America and toured the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Belize. The couple, now in their 80s, live in Florida. They wrote a book about their experience called Incredible Virgin Island Adventure (Which I’m having trouble finding.) and have at least one post on their blog.

More Soggy Dollar Bar 40th Anniversary Party videos:

Lets Have a Party

Conga Line

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Soggy Dollar Bar, White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands
Saturday the owners of the Sandcastle Hotel and Soggy Dollar Bar celebrated the 40th anniversary of the establishment.

Originally built by George Myrick in 1970, the Sandcastle passed through two more hands, before evolving into it’s present incarnation.

The Soggy Dollar Bar is, among other notables, renowned for the drink invented there by George Myrick, the Painkiller

Anatomy of a Pain Killer:
Caribbean Travel and Life [April 2009]
PAINKILLER
4 ounces unsweetened pineapple juice
1 ounce orange juice
1 ounce Coco Lopez coconut cream
2 1/2 ounces Pusser’s rum or dark Jamaican rum
Powdered cinnamon
Ground nutmeg
Shake juices, Coco Lopez and rum with plenty of crushed ice.
Pour unstrained into a tall glass.
Dust with cinnamon and nutmeg.
Garnish with a pineapple wedge, cinnamon stick and orange wheel.
by George and Marie Myrick
Soggy Dollar 1971

Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke, Trish and Jerry

Trish and Jerry, Owners of the Soggy Dollar Bar and Sandcastle Hotel

Liston DJ's

Gerald, Mario and Darth Vader, Soggy Dollar Bar, Jost Van Dyke

Gerald, Mario and Darth Vader

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Teri and Chin Dancing


Girls Just Want to Have Fun

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The Home of Dr. William Thornton, Little Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin islands

Little Jost Van Dyke British Virgin Islands, home of William Thornton

Home of Dr. William Thornton

Dr. William Thornton, the designer of the US Capitol Building, was born in Great Harbour Jost Van Dyke in 1759. In later years he lived on Little Jost Van Dyke.

The remains of the Thornton residence lie on a ridge on the Western side of the island overlooking Tortola to the south and Lost Van Dyke to the west.

The following photos illustrate the hike I took with Curtney “Ghost” Chinnery to Dr. Thornton’s home.

Ghost and I put in at the old dock that lies on Little Jost Van Dyke across Long Bay from Foxy’s Taboo. It’s a tough approach and you’ll need a shallow draft boat and some creativity to tie up here.

Once we accomplished that we hiked along the coast and picked up a trail of sorts leading to the remains of an old structure once destined to be a bar and restaurant on the western beach south of Dim Don Point. As we approached the old structure, we needed to keep alert for the numerous suckers that seemed to be just about everywhere.

From the old unfinished and crumpling, bar we bushwhacked up the hill to the ridge where we came upon the remains of the old Thornton residence.

Visit to the Home of Dr. William Thornton, Little Jost Van Dyke BVI

old dock

hillside

coconut grove

large rocks

abandoned bar

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abandoned bar little jost vab dyke

Interior of the bar

ruin of thornton residence, little jvd, bvi

Thornton ruin

view from ruin

view from thornton residence

baby goats

baby goats

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Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Good friends at he Bubbly Pool on Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands

Christmas Day 2009 – Chin, Boopy, Michelle, Zi and G take off to Jost Van Dyke somewhat crowded into the 15-foot inflatable. Although the morning started off with heavy rains, flash flood warnings and a rain probability of 90%, the seas are calm. We make a straight shot to Jost, leaving two heavy squalls one on the port the other on the starboard. We arrive fairly dry.

Jost Van Dyke, BVI: Bubbly Pool Christmas Day 2009

Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Michelle, Ezius and I at the bakery on the way to the Bubble Pool offering free ham for Christmas

Sage Mountain, Tortola, BVI

Clouds lie on top of Sage Mountain, the hight peak in the Virgin Islands, almost qualifying it as a rain forest

Bubbly Pool, Jost Van Dyke, BVI

Mario, Boopy, Michelle and Ezius watch as a giant wave breaks over the rocks at the entrance to the Bubbly Pool

Bubbly Pool, JVD, BVI

the broken wave enters the pool

Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin islands

the pool settles, the crew awaits the next swell

Abe's by the Sea, Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke BVI

Dinner at Abe's by the Sea, Little Harbor, Jost Van Dyke BVI

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