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Uncommon Envy: Someday Dreams of the Soggy Dollar Bar

Uncommon Envy: Someday Dreams of the Soggy Dollar Bar

Despite being born and raised right next door in the U.S. Virgin Islands, I haven’t much traveled in the BVI’s. Just a quick couple visits to Tortola and a brief stop off in Virgin Gorda, that’s it. Little wonder then that my envy hackles have been up BIG TIME during the past few days of our Uncommon Caribbean Sailing Week coverage.

All week we’ve showcased sun-kissed shores and hidden hot spots you might encounter when casting off on Intrepid Travel’s new BVI and Martinique/St. Lucia Sailing Adventures. Both itineraries look amazingly enticing to me, but the BVI’s stand out for all the cool, as yet undiscovered by me, places in my very own V.I. backyard. Places like The Soggy Dollar Bar.

Set right on the beach in White Bay, Jost Van Dyke, The Soggy Dollar is so legendary and uncommon a Caribbean watering hole, that I’m somewhat stunned to have never set foot here!

I mean, the place has all the makings for me. A mostly outdoor setting in the sand; random flags, stickers, and patches left behind by happy patrons; strong drinks; an insanely pristine beach – what’s not to love?

Stiff drinks and good times have been served to many a passing sailor here since the early-1970s, all of whom covered their tabs with currency befitting the bar’s name.

You see, there weren’t any paved roads (or electricity) in Jost Van Dyke til the late-1990s. The only way to get to Soggy’s was by boat, and there was no dock to the beach to help you keep your cash dry.

There’s a road to Soggy’s now, but I get the sense that the majority of visitors here still arrive by boat, anchoring in White Bay (there’s still no dock) and wading ashore, thus ensuring a pocket full of soggy dollars.

And what might those soggy dollars buy you at the bar? Well, no doubt any rum/cocktail lover will want to get in on The Soggy Dollar’s biggest claim to fame – The Original Painkiller!

That’s right, our favorite boat drink was first concocted right here at The Soggy Dollar!

Seriously, how is it that I’ve never been here?!

I hope to realize my Soggy Dollar dreams in 2014 with the help of our friends at Intrepid Travel. If you want to come along, visit Intrepid online and book your BVI Sailing Adventure today!


*Lead photo credit: Willy Volk via Flickr.

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  • http://www.recipesask.com/ Rohit Wadhwa

    Wow!! fabulous place to enjoy..

  • Aqua Blue Charters

    How have you never been there? The painkillers are worth the hype!

  • ari

    Went there on a floatilla trip in May 2012 and it was nearly empty! Gorgeous and fun! Can’t wait to go back!

  • Handpicked Villas

    The nutmeg sprinkled on top of the creamy Painkiller is SO good! (many of these were drunk sat on the upside down fishing boat on the beach). We visited Jost as a team for the first time in May 2013, via a boat trip from Scrub Island, and swimming to shore with valuables held rather soggily above our heads was a moment I will never forget! (I managed to buy a t-shirt which ended up rather rum-soaked and sand-ridden, which I now treasure!) Did you manage to perfect your technique with the ring on a rope? It was a pleasure reading this article, and great to re-live some very fond memories!