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 situated on Prickly Pear Island, 1.3 miles northeast of Leverick Bay; it is six miles (nine and a half kilometers) to the northeast of Spanish Town.

Nearby Restaurants

There are numerous dining options to pick from in the area nearby this nature preserve. The nearest restaurant to Prickly Pear National Park is Sand Box Restaurant, which serves Caribbean meals. Also nearby, you'll find options like Saba Rock Restaurant and Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grill where you and your group may eat some International cuisine and enjoy the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like wildlife reservations, and have the energy to view some others, might consider a trip to Virgin Gorda Peak National Park and Copper Mine National Park; the first and closest of which is 2.9 miles away from this page's attraction. Other types of nearby activities include Old Methodist Church, which is five and a half miles away Spanish Town. You might want to also consider checking out Little Fort National Park, which is another nearby attraction.

Nature preserves are 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

More Information

Location: North Sound, Prickly Pear Island


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