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Prickly Pear National Park

Prickly Pear National Park
North Sound
British Virgin Islands
(284) 494-2069
bvinpt@bvinationalparkstrust.org
Established in 1988    |    Area: 180 acres Located in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, the cacti covered hills of Prickly Pear slope down to several pristine beaches. In the low-lying areas, white and black mangroves grow along the island's four salt ponds, providing an important habitat for resident and migratory birds. Red mangroves on the southern shore are home to a variety of fish, sea urchins, and other marine creatures. The northern and eastern shores boast two of the territory's best beaches. The north beach, in particular, offers great swimming and snorkelling. For hiking enthusiasts, the National Parks Trust and Visions International created a hiking trail which leads from the Sand Box Bar, over a gentle slope, down to the North Beach. While hiking, you can rest under the shady tamarind tree, at the top of the hill, and enjoy the cool, Caribbean breeze. National Parks Trust's Description: Situated in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, the bird sanctuary of Prickly Pear is fringed on the northern side by the Bank Barrier Reef, with the islands of Eustatia, Mosquito and Necker nearby. The island's slopes are dotted with cacti, such as Turks Head (Melocactus intortus), Pip Organ (Philosocereus royenii) and Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia repens) for which the island is named. Beautiful white sand beaches wrap around Vixen Point and the northern coast, where swimmers can enjoy this paradise of sea and sun. The beaches are shared with turtles, which periodically use the sandy shores for nesting. The island's salt ponds are surrounded by white and black mangroves (Laguncularia recemosa and Avicennia nitida) with red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) nestled on the islands southern shore. These areas provide habitat for numerous birds, such as American Coots (Fulica sp.), Black-necked stilts (HImantopus mexicanus), Blue-winged teals (Gallinula chloropus), Gulls (Larus sp.), Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), White-cheeked pintails (Anas bahamensis) and Wilson's Plovers (Charadrius wilsonia).
Established in 1988    |    Area: 180 acres Located in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, the cacti covered hills of Prickly Pear slope down to several pristine beaches. In the low-lying areas, white and black mangroves grow along the island's four salt ponds, providing an important habitat for resident and migratory birds. Red mangroves on the southern shore are home to a variety of fish, sea urchins, and other marine creatures. The northern and eastern shores boast two of the territory's best beaches. The north beach, in particular, offers great swimming and snorkelling. For hiking enthusiasts, the National Parks Trust and Visions International created a hiking trail which leads from the Sand Box Bar, over a gentle slope, down to the North Beach. While hiking, you can rest under the shady tamarind tree, at the top of the hill, and enjoy the cool, Caribbean breeze. National Parks Trust's Description: Situated in the North Sound of Virgin Gorda, the bird sanctuary of Prickly Pear is fringed on the northern side by the Bank Barrier Reef, with the islands of Eustatia, Mosquito and Necker nearby. The island's slopes are dotted with cacti, such as Turks Head (Melocactus intortus), Pip Organ (Philosocereus royenii) and Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia repens) for which the island is named. Beautiful white sand beaches wrap around Vixen Point and the northern coast, where swimmers can enjoy this paradise of sea and sun. The beaches are shared with turtles, which periodically use the sandy shores for nesting. The island's salt ponds are surrounded by white and black mangroves (Laguncularia recemosa and Avicennia nitida) with red mangroves (Rhizophora mangle) nestled on the islands southern shore. These areas provide habitat for numerous birds, such as American Coots (Fulica sp.), Black-necked stilts (HImantopus mexicanus), Blue-winged teals (Gallinula chloropus), Gulls (Larus sp.), Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis), White-cheeked pintails (Anas bahamensis) and Wilson's Plovers (Charadrius wilsonia).

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