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Old Year's Night at Foxy's Great Harbour (Jost Van Dyke)

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  • Type: Entertainment and Nightlife, Festivals
  • Time to Spend: More than Full Day
Overall Rating: 3.5 (3.4)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Facilities: 4.0 (4.0)
Atmosphere: 4.0 (4.0)
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Foxy's Tamarind Bar, located in the Great Harbour on tiny Jost Van Dyke (JVD), is the site of one of the most enjoyable and raucous New Year's Eve parties in the Caribbean -- Old Year's Night. Revelers come from all around the Caribbean -- the world, even -- to enjoy the two-day festivities with live bands, great food and flowing drinks.

Don't make your travel arrangements until you've considered all the logistics of Old Year's Night. For one, lodging is sparse to nonexistent on tiny Jost Van Dyke. Most people ferry or yacht into the West End dock knowing that they'll have to catch an evening boat back to Tortola, chance sleeping on the beach or even bunk on a friendly partier's anchored yacht. Secondly, revelers generally start arriving several days before New Year's Eve to anchor in the tiny harbor, which fills up fast. Recent vacationers have reported as many as 500 boats in the surrounding waters. Keep in mind your arrival time can determine whether you'll be walking the pier or swimming the shoreline up to Foxy's. Lastly, you'll need to exercise extreme patience when leaving the island in the day to days after the party. It takes some time for the boats to sort through which anchor is which, and the ferries are notoriously overloaded.

Still, vacationers agree Old Year's Night is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. One TripAdvisor user gushes, "It was the most fun I ever had anywhere EVER! … We ate cracked lobster for $15 with all the Painkillers we could drink 10 feet in front of the water."

There is regular ferry service to the West End ferry dock of Jost Van Dyke from St. Thomas or St. John in the U.S. Virgin Islands, as well as from Tortola, BVI. The most frequent ferries will shuttle you between Tortola and JVD every half hour from Dec. 30 until New Year's Day. The cost is approximately $40 per person for a roundtrip ticket. Call ahead or e-mail to make reservations for dinner. There are normally open slots until November.

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