Located just off Jost Van Dyke, this small teardrop-shaped island is the definition of paradise; it has one of the most photogenic and inviting beaches on the planet.

To the southeast of Jost van Dyke, Sandy Cay is like something you'd see out of a postcard. It offers a perfect place to stop for the day (no overnight stays allowed) to swim and relax on the beach. Keep in mind that the anchorage is usually busy, so anticipate company.

Sandy Cay is a national park (thanks to the efforts of Laurence Rockefeller) and visitors can enjoy a short botanical tour, which ends at some spectacular cliffs.

The only way to access the uninhabited island is by boat. Keep in mind that the anchorage is on the southwest side close to shore in the lee of the island. Anchor in 10-15 feet of water, but remember to avoid any coral reefs.

From there, take a dinghy or kayak (or if you're up for the challenge, swim) to shore and enjoy the day on the exceptional white sand beach. There are no restaurants, bathrooms or drinking facilities on the island, so bring everything you'll need for the day to avoid having to go back and forth to your boat.

Note: Extreme caution should be exercised during the winter months when swells make it very hard to land a dinghy on shore.

Pack List

  • Dinghy, kayak (recommended if you're not swimming to shore)
  • Dry bag
  • Food and water (there are no provisions on the island)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray (Note: The mosquitos and sand flees are very bad in the shaded areas!)
  • Footwear (for the short out-and-back hike)
  • Camera
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RT Distance 1 Miles
Activities Stand Up Paddle, Kiteboarding, Chillin, Photography, Kayaking, Swimming, Hiking, Diving
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Beach
Family Friendly
Scenic

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almost 2 years ago

A must do!

The island has a hiking trail around it. Both times I have been there is has been covered in craps and it is really cool to see. Make sure you where shoes. Very good spot to take pictures with a family or of the ocean. It's also a good kayak paddle around the island if you want to stay in the water.


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