Foxy’s Bar, Jost Van Dyke BVI

Published: 13th December 2011
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Foxy’s in Jost Van Dyke, BVI is a true BVI beach bar icon. Founded by “Foxy” Callwood in the sixties, the bar is a favorite of yachts all over the world. Foxy’s New Years Eve parties are regularly sold out with patrons strewn along the bach till late New Years eve morning! if you are anywhere near Jost Van Dyke, don’t miss Foxy’s in Great Harbour.

If you’re familiar at all with the Virgin Islands, no doubt you’ve heard of Foxy’s Bar on Great Harbour in Jost Van Dyke BVI. It’s one of the most famous bars in the world--not just because of its amazing location, fantastic menu, legendary events, handmade beer or signature rums--it’s because of it’s founder, Foxy Callwood.

Our intention is not to discount the bar itself--Foxy’s is undoubtably one of the most special places in the world. In the late 1960’s, Foxy Callwood identified a need--there was a church nearby and those giving thanks for another successful harvest needed a place to celebrate with a libation or two--so Foxy’s was born. He quickly poured a cement slab and erected a “temporary” bar where he began making friends and building his reputation as the island’s ambassador of fun. In 1968, he moved the bar just down the beach to where it stands today. It’s charm is unmistakable. The drinks, unparalleled. The location, stunning. But the one thing that Foxy’s Bar has that no other does is Foxy Callwood himself.

Phillicanno “Foxy” Callwood is a 7th generation Jost Van Dyker who started out as a fisherman with an eye for the ladies. Legend has it that the charter captain he worked for grew so tired of Foxy chasing all the lady cooks on board his fishing vessel that he took Foxy on a near “round the world” cruise in search of a wife. The trip was a success when Foxy met his lovely wife Tessa, who returned with him to Jost Van Dyke to live.

Today, Foxy and Tessa Callwood, and their children, run the most famous beach bar in the world. Time Magazine listed Foxy’s as one of the three best places to spend New Years Eve (Times Square and Piccadilly Circus were the other two)--and it’s no wonder, because the Callwoods estimate their guests number in the thousands on that night. What makes it such an incredible party? Foxy, of course!

He’s a singer--you can download his songs from iTunes. He’s a storyteller like no other. He’s a jokester, a prankster, a comedian. He’s funny, incredibly intelligent, and highly entertaining. On any given day, you’ll find him strumming the guitar and telling jokes to the crowd gathered at the bar. He even had an “Epoxy Foxy” made--a statute of himself--so guests wouldn’t feel slighted if they came to the bar and he wasn’t there. But most of all, Foxy is a humanitarian who has dedicated his life to improving the quality of life for the people of the British Virgin Islands. One example is the sloop that Foxy is funding and helping the native children build on the land behind his bar. He started this project for the kids so they would learn and preserve the skills of their ancestors while learning the importance of commitment, time management and teamwork.

In 2009, Foxy was knighted by Her Majesty’s Government for his numerous contributions to improving the quality of life for the people of the BVI’s. You can call him Sir Foxy, or Lord Callwood, but no matter what you call him, Foxy Callwood is a one of a kind and once you meet him, you’ll understand!

Grey Beard runs 'Pirates Paradise Adventures,' a powerboat charter company specializing in taking families and friends on fun and exciting day trips to the best beaches, beach bars and snorkeling sites of the USVI and BVI. www.PiratesParadiseAdventures.com.
Seeing the virgin islands by boat is the absolutely best way to see them, especially if you only have a short time! For more information, photos and videos about the U.S. Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands, go to www.PiratesParadiseAdventures.com.

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