Sandcastle White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands – Lesser Antilles (British West Indies)

An Island as Virgin as When Columbus Landed

Roll up your trousers and wade ashore to this modern-day alternative to the real world. The tiny island of Jost Van Dyke boasts one of the area’s most stunning beaches. Four simple waterfront bungalows and two air-conditioned rooms make up the colony of Sandcastle, which has an island dog and cat on staff, no electricity except in the kitchen, and solar-heated showers.

Wear to dinner what you wore to breakfast, and spend the day moving from one hammock to another with a Painkiller in hand: The bar’s signature drink (now famous throughout the islands) can vary from mild to lethal.

Pity the yachties who row in just for the day, although the highlight of their sailing vacation is usually a candlelit four-course dinner at the Soggy Dollar. It’s the focal point of the hotel—and the island—and deservedly beloved in yachting circles.

This 3-by 4-mile island, whose main street is a sandy lane, is also home to Foxy’s Tamarind Bar, a legendary yachtsman’s haunt that’s a lovely half-hour stroll down the beach and over the hill into Great Harbor.

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