Planning a Trip
Getting There -- Take the ferry to White Bay on Jost Van Dyke from either St. Thomas or Tortola. (Be warned: Departure times can vary widely throughout the year, and often don't adhere very closely to the printed timetables.) Ferries from St. Thomas depart from Red Hook 3 days a week (Fri-Sun), usually twice daily. A round-trip is $40, while one-way is $30. More convenient (and more frequent) are the daily ferryboat shuttles from Tortola's isolated West End. The latter depart five times a day for the 25-minute trip, and cost $20 for adults round-trip, $10 for children 12 and under round-trip. Call the New Horizon Ferry Service Paradise Express (tel. 284/495-9278; www.jostvandykeferry.com) for information about departures from any of the above-mentioned points. If all else fails, negotiate a transportation fee with one of the handful of privately operated water taxis on Tortola. Fees start around $100 one-way.
Getting Around -- To get around the island, call Bun Taxi at tel. 284/495-9281. Only two places on Jost Van Dyke rent jeeps -- Abe's by the Sea (tel. 284/495-9329) at $60 to $80 per day and Paradise Jeep Rentals (tel. 284/495-9477) at $55 to $70 per day.
Fast Facts -- In a medical emergency, call VISAR (Virgin Islands Search and Rescue) at tel. 284/494-4357; you can be flown to Tortola. In the unlikely event that you need the police, call tel. 284/495-9345. There are no banks, ATMs, or drugstores on the island. Stock up before you arrive here.