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Green Cay & Sandy Spit, British Virgin Islands

(located less than a mile off Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands)
Green Cay (pronounced “key”): The tiny uninhabited island of Green Cay is located just off the North eastern tip of Little Jost Van Dyke. Green Cay ocean side, is an exciting dive site which has a series of pinnacles covered with brightly colored sponges and branching hydroid fans which shelter abundant marine life such as juvenile angel fish and glassy minnows, as well as jacks, large dog snappers, schools of barracuda and huge tarpon. They are sometimes seen under the white foaming surf as it breaks the shoreline. Green Cay is 14 acres and also a great location to snorkel in the shallow waters. On shore is a beach composed entirely of coral, these are small pieces that had been smoothed by the action of the waves. The water had carved out a small “cliff” about knee-height along the shoreline. A few hundred yards onto the island, there is a small shipwreck of a more modern-looking boat.
Sandy Spit: Sandy Spit is situated directly south of Green Cay and accumulated its name from being within spitting distance of Jost Van Dyke and Sandy Cay. The picturesque little island is a gem in the ocean lighting it up with its beauty. It is surrounded by picture perfect, white sandy beaches which are speckled with clusters of rocks, green vegetation and two lonely coconut palms. Sandy Spit is truly the epitome of the natural environment of the British Virgin Islands who is truly blessed to lay claim to such an enchanting little island such as Sandy Spit!, Tourists from all over the world continue to enjoy sun bathing, excellent snorkeling, picnics and exploring this paradise. Sandy Spit is exactly what one imagines when longing for a Caribbean holiday! This tiny yet picture perfect islet is simply breathtaking.
The natural island is made up of a complete circular sandy beach that you can enjoy all around. As you can see from the photos below there are some reefs around Sandy Spit which not only makes it a good island for swimming and laying on the sand but snorkeling is also great off this little island. Green Cay is a stone throw away.

click thumbnail to enlarge (photo of Sandy Spit & Green Cay next to Jost Van Dyke, British Virgin Islands)
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Facts about Bay/Beach

Access (length of walk from parking)

access by boat only
Intensity of Beach (crowds, events) Use - Low - Medium - High
Snorkeling -Yes - NO
other landmarks nearby
Tortola, Jost Van Dyke
yacht moorings - Yes NO
Beach slope (underwater) - Flat - Moderate - Steep

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