That Charming Man

There are many beach-side bars around the world, but there's only one Foxy's.

March 5, 2016
Foxy, Foxy's Tamarind Bar
Foxy is often spotted with his guitar in hand. Zach Stovall

When it comes to Jost Van Dyke in the British Virgin Islands, the population of 298 doesn’t quite seem to match the island’s 13 beach bars. Ask anyone about the best place for a refreshing adult beverage, and they’ll probably tell you Foxy’s, followed by a story about their last memorable night there — perhaps accidentally swapping tenders with another boater who enjoyed one too many rum punches. Philicianno “Foxy” Callwood is such a legendary character, known to so many yachtsmen and their friends that in December, CYBA International inducted him into the Charter Yacht Hall of Fame, thanking him for all the fun he contributes to charter vacations that stop at Jost Van Dyke.

Foxy's Tamarind Bar
There are many beach-side bars around the world, but there’s only one Foxy’s. Zach Stovall

Grab a stool at Foxy’s Tamarind Bar. You’ll be sold on the fresh-caught seafood, microbrewed beers and attitude-altering, rum-infused drinks like the Dread Fox, Sly Fox and Wreck on the Rocks. Stop by on the right night and meet the legend. He sometimes sits in his hammock outside the bar, strumming his guitar. Tell him about your travels, and he might sing you your very own tune, made up on the spot. Dig the decor. The bar is covered in T-shirts, flags and everything else people have left behind or signed. Jam on New Year’s Eve. So many people come to the island for Foxy’s annual Old Year’s Night party that Great Harbour is filled to the max with boats. Arrive early if you want a spot. The live music, street performers and island cuisine will keep your barefoot toes tapping and taste buds satisfied long after the old year ends and the new one starts.

Jost Van Dyke
Jost Van Dyke from a distance. Zach Stovall

Jost Van Dyke in 3 Steps

  1. Grab Another Cocktail  Ivan’s Stress Free Bar is another of the island’s famous beachfront watering holes. It’s where country singer Kenny Chesney filmed the video for “No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems.”

  2. Best Snapshots Local photographers find picturesque scenes on White Bay, where most of the beach bars on Jost Van Dyke are located. Look for flour-white sand and turquoise water. The road between Great Harbour and White Bay has a beautiful overlook too.

  3. Tasty Concoction The Painkiller is said to have originated at Soggy Dollar Bar. In its purest form, it’s 2 to 4 ounces Pusser’s rum, 4 ounces pineapple juice, 1 ounce cream of coconut, 1 ounce orange juice and grated fresh nutmeg. Bottoms up!


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