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Jost Van Dyke is the perfect place for a traveler to acquire the full esence of living in a remote alcove. Jost Van Dyke harbors less than 150 residents per year. Public electricity did not exist until 1989. This is a refreshing way of life in comparison to the touristy Caribbean spots.
Caribs and Arawaks were indigenous to the Virgin islands for thousands of years. They were the primary cultures that colonized Jost Van Dyke before 1648. The Dutch settled in the Jost Van Dyke areas of the Virgin Islands after 1648. They lived there for 20 years before the British gained Jost Van Dyke.
The early years of British settlement mostly consisted of sugar cane plantations. The settlers brought slaves from Africa to cultivate the sugar cane. Jost Van Dyke has been an official British territory since 1872 and is currently a independent entity of the UK.
The island businesses and residents self-identify with a casual atmosphere. Visitors are free to walk barefoot around the island. Every establishment shares the beachfront, which keep travelers in constant touch with their paradise. Life is conveniently similar to North America and Europe without the commercialism. English is the national language and all vendors use U.S. currency