White Bay Beach

British Virgin Islands



Beautiful and Boisterous

Just as turtles and other wildlife are often lured to a certain shore, boaters flock to White Bay Beach, anchor offshore and swim to the banks of this sandy expanse, as if through ritual.

What’s the draw? First, White Bay Beach is one of island’s the most beautiful beaches—its clean, white sands, and lush hillside backdrop make it an idyllic tropical playground.

But there’s more to it than that; vacationers come to party at one of the several beachside bars and eateries, or simply to kick back, relax and watch people gather for a fun afternoon.

Partiers’ Delight

All over the island, White Bay Beach is known as the primary place to see and be seen. Hundreds of anchored boats bob in the gentle waves just offshore.

But some people find the atmosphere here just a bit too rowdy. Blame it on the famous “Painkiller” cocktails served at the most well-known establishment here, Soggy Dollar Bar, named after the wet bills patrons use after they’ve wandered in from the water.


If it’s peace and quiet you want, come by early in the morning before the crowds arrive, or stick around till afternoon, when most people have finished their day trip to the area.

You can also simply venture to a quieter end of the beach, away from the day-time drinking activity. And if you find yourself unable to resist the turquoise waters, take a swim or rent some snorkel gear and explore the reef—just beware of boat traffic.

White Bay Beach at a Glance

City:Jost Van Dyke

Country or State:British Virgin Islands

Access:By water taxi, boat or ferry

Best time to visit:September to November (after hurricane season, before tourist season)

High Season:December to February

Low Season:March to November


  • Bars and restaurants
  • Chair and umbrella rentals
  • Public restrooms
  • No lifeguards

Beach Type:

  • White sand
  • Saltwater
  • Popular

Special Events:

  • Spring Break

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