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.


Located on Prickly Pear Island, 1.3 miles northeast of Leverick Bay, Prickly Pear National Park always welcomes residents and guests who are rooming on this part of the island. Whether or not you are staying in the vicinity, you should consider stopping by to check it out. In case you're wondering, Spanish Town is six miles (nine and a half kilometers) to the south west.

Nearby Restaurants

And, one of the most exciting options while spending a few hours exploring the area is chowing down on food at a restaurant within traveling distance of Prickly Pear National Park. The most proximate place to eat to Prickly Pear National Park is Sand Box Restaurant, which serves up Caribbean fare. Also within a short distance, you and your party will find options like Saba Rock Restaurant and Clubhouse Steak and Seafood Grill where you and your group can sample International meals and experience the culture of the Virgin Islands.

Nearby Attractions

Those who are a fan of wildlife reservations, and would like to see others, might consider seeing Virgin Gorda Peak National Park and Copper Mine National Park; the first is 2.9 miles away from Prickly Pear National Park. Additional local activities include Old Methodist Church, which is five and a half miles away Spanish Town. You might also think about heading over to Little Fort National Park, which is another attraction close by.

Nature preserves are a great attraction to visit, but there's plenty else to see during your stay. The following table includes other attractions close-by.

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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Location: North Sound, Prickly Pear Island


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