If turquoise seas lapping a sprawling pearl-sand beach dotted by a few shanty-style bars sounds like your version of heaven, then head to Jost Van Dyke’s White Bay. Jost Van Dyke is just a stone’s throw from the north shore of St. John. During my years living on St. John, we’d get to Jost by hitching a ride on a friend’s boat just as often as we’d navigate a dingy across the channel during a 20-minute hair-whipping cruise. In the time it would take statesiders to drive to the nearest spa to unwind, I would find solace flying across calm waters under the warmth of the Caribbean sun until reaching my ideal retreat: the roughly three-square-mile paradise less than 300 people call home. Seek comfort at the Sandcastle Hotel’s beachfront or garden cottages tucked behind the palms fringing White Bay, or in the White Bay Villas and Seaside Cottages perched above. For a true island experience tucked within raw island nature, reserve a campsite or cabin at Ivan’s Stress-Free Bar and Campground. If you’ve never sipped a Pain Killer at Soggy Dollar Bar, de-stressed with a libation pulled from Ivan’s Honor Bar, eaten Caribbean lobster at Sidney’s Peace and Love, or ventured out to the “bubbly pool”––the geological hidden gem located steps from Foxy’s Taboo restaurant at Diamond Cay, you haven’t experienced true Caribbean euphoria.