World's Best Bar Crawls

by Darrell Hartman

British Virgin Islands

What's on tap: A sun-drenched drinking tour that barely requires you to get off your boat

Why it's worth a shot: The British Virgin Islands are a relatively untouched paradise of white-sand beaches, clear blue sea, and relatively few roads. Sounds like a pretty lousy place for a bar crawl. But when you learn that the island of Jost Van Dyke has seven beach bars for its 200 residents, and that sailing between watering holes is a national pastime, you start to get a different picture. Then you get a boat—and a designated skipper.

Booze route: You'll have to swim to shore to get to the Soggy Dollar (pictured), hence the name, so it's best to make it your first stop. Located in White Bay on Jost's southern coast, it's the birthplace of the painkiller—basically, a piña colada with a dash of orange juice—and the laid-back proprietors are known to let guests serve themselves at the bar and pay later. Sail one bay over to Foxy's, an open-air beach bar in Great Harbour that serves fiery homemade rum. Foxy himself composes impromptu calypso tunes poking fun at drunken guests; in turn, they often leave behind tees and bathing suits that are later fastened to the ceiling. Head southwest and drop anchor at Willy T's, a schooner moored off nearby Norman Island. A 2006 accident put an end to the once-common nude dives off the poop deck; but it's only made body shots more popular.

Hangover cure: Foxy's opens at 9:30 am, so head on back, settle into a hammock, and order a hair-of-the-dog cocktail like the Purple Passion (rum with passionfruit, guava syrup, and OJ).

Soggy Dollar
Tel: 284 495 9888

Tel: 284 495 9258

Willy T's
Tel: 284 496 8603

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