EPISODE 5. The Morrisons and Rigglers visit Jost VanDyke and take in some laid back BVI shopping and culture. "No shoes, no shirt, no problem" reads one inviting sign at a local shop. For the inquisitive visitor, the BVI lives up to its motto: Nature's Little Secrets."
Early mariners from Venezuela were the first to visit the BVIs around the year 900 AD. Chris Columbus came ashore on his second voyage in 1493. In the seventeenth century, Pirates found safe haven in the BVI's many hidden coves. The Spanish and Dutch were the first Europeans to occupy the BVI followed by the British who exported sugar, molasses and rum. Today, the locals still fish and farm, but also participate in the new vacation economy.