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Prickly Pear Island

Prickly Pear Island, BVI

Prickly Pear Island, BVI

Prickly Pear is an uninhabited island in the British Virgin Islands. It is located in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda. This 180-acre island is a BVI National Park. The island is named for the Prickly Pear Cactus which covers the hills of Prickly Pear Island. Four salt ponds and the white and black mangroves provide important bird habitats.

The southern shore is home to a vast selection of tropical fish and other marine life. In addition, two of the best white sand beaches in this area are found at Vixen Point and at the north shore. During certain times of the year, you will share them with nesting sea turtles. Swimmers and snorkelers will enjoy this heaven of sea and sun. For hiking enthusiasts, equally important, a trail was created that leads from the SandBox Bar to the North Beach.

Prickly Pear Beach – North Sound Virgin Gorda


Prickly Pear Island in the British Virgin Islands is a great year-round destination. The most popular season is in the wintertime, until May. You will enjoy an average of nine hours of sunshine and expect very little rainfall. Additionally in the BVI, you will always feel a wonderful ocean breeze. Average daily temperatures are in the mid-seventies in the winter months and mid-eighties in the summertime. But do take the hurricane season, lasting from June 1st to November 30th, into consideration.

Places to See

Things to Do Prickly Pear Island

Gastronomy Highlights Prickly Pear Island

Marinas and Anchorages

The most enjoyable option to get to Prickly Pear Island: While on your Chartered Catamaran cruise, you have the crew take you to Prickly Pear Island on the dinghy for the day.

No marinas are located here but two possible anchorages are:

Northwest side of Cactus Reef – an isolated anchorage. Protected from the wind due to small cliffs.

Vixen Point – It is important to realize to stay clear of the coral reef. Which is located off the western end of Vixen point. It provides a well-equipped anchorage system. Such as 10 mooring balls, which are available. The Mooring buoys are color-coded as follows:

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