Prickly Pear National Park

Established in 1988, Prickly Pear National Park offers a varied experience for tourists. Trails, mangroves, and beaches mean you can explore, view important wild life, swim and snorkel, or do it all during your day in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda.

The trail through the hills between Sand Box Bar and North Beach is covered with cacti, hence the name prickly pear. The low lying areas of the park feature four salt ponds of white and black mangroves.

Prickly Pear National Park is an important habitat for a number of marine animals in the British Virgin Islands. These include sea urchins and fish, and also migratory birds. A hiking trail leads from Sand Box Bar to North Beach.


Prickly Pear National Park is located in the heart of Prickly Pear Island, 1.3 miles northeast of Leverick Bay; it is 5.9 miles to the northeast of Spanish Town.

Nearby Restaurants

Guests visiting this wildlife reserve will have no problem finding a meal, since you're going to find a plentiful supply of restaurants in the general vicinity. Sand Box Restaurant, which serves Caribbean fare, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Saba Rock Restaurant and The Almond Walk are some of the other food and drink options near Prickly Pear National Park. At The Almond Walk you and your party will be able to try a bite of International food and experience the flavors of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Active travelers that are a fan of nature preserves, and have the energy to view some others, might consider seeing Virgin Gorda Peak National Park and Copper Mine National Park; the first is three miles to the south west of this page's attraction. Other local activities include Old Methodist Church, which is five and a half miles away Spanish Town. Also, you might consider heading over to Little Fort National Park, which is another attraction not far away.

A wildlife reservation is one type of attraction you can visit, but there's more to visit in the Virgin Islands. The table below lists other attractions that are closest.

Attractions Near Prickly Pear National Park
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location Island
Old Methodist Church Historic Site 5.7 mi. (0.3 km) SW Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Little Fort National Park -- 6.2 mi. (0.6 km) SW Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Little Fort Ruins Historic Site 6.2 mi. (0.6 km) SW Spanish Town Virgin Gorda
Copper Mine Ruins Historic Site 6.4 mi. (1.8 km) SW 1.1 mi. South-Southeast of Spanish Town Virgin Gorda

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North Sound, Prickly Pear Island, British Virgin Islands


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