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Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear is an island located in the British Virgin Islands. It is a small, uninhabited island located in the Caribbean Sea, approximately 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Tortola and 2.5 miles (4 km) east of Virgin Gorda. It is part of the Virgin Islands National Park and is a popular destination for snorkeling and kayaking.

Prickly Pear is a flat, low-lying island with an area of 2.2 acres (0.9 hectares). It is mostly covered in cactus and scrub vegetation, giving it its name. The island is surrounded by a reef and is known for its excellent snorkeling and kayaking opportunities. There is a small sandy beach on the north side of the island, which is a popular spot for visitors.

Prickly Pear has a long and interesting history. It was first settled by the Arawak people in the late 1400s. In the 1600s, the island was a popular hideout for pirates and smugglers. During the 18th century, it was occupied by the British, who used it as a base for their trade in the region. In the 19th century, it was used as a quarantine station for ships coming from Africa and the Caribbean.

Today, Prickly Pear is a popular destination for tourists. It is part of the Virgin Islands National Park, and visitors can explore its natural beauty and enjoy its excellent snorkeling and kayaking opportunities. The island is also home to a variety of wildlife, including sea turtles, iguanas, and seabirds.

Excursion tips for a day in Prickly Pear

As a tourist in Prickly Pear in the British Virgin Islands, there are plenty of activities to do in one day. Here is a list of some of the top things to do:

1. Spend the day at the beach. Prickly Pear is home to some of the most stunning beaches in the Caribbean. Relax in the sun and take a dip in the crystal-clear waters.

2. Go snorkeling. Prickly Pear is a great place to explore the vibrant coral reefs and marine life.

3. Take a boat tour. There are a variety of boat tours available, including sunset cruises and day trips to nearby islands.

4. Visit the Prickly Pear Cays. These small islands are home to some of the most stunning views in the British Virgin Islands.

5. Explore the local wildlife. Prickly Pear is home to many species of birds, reptiles, and mammals.

6. Go fishing. Prickly Pear is a great place for deep-sea fishing.

7. Take a hike. There are a variety of hiking trails to explore, from easy to challenging.

8. Visit a local market. Prickly Pear has a variety of markets selling fresh produce, seafood, and other souvenirs.

9. Experience the nightlife. Prickly Pear is home to some of the best bars and clubs in the Caribbean.

10. Visit the Baths. The Baths are a popular tourist attraction on the island featuring natural rock formations.

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The climate in Prickly Pear

Prickly Pear in British Virgin Islands has a tropical climate with warm temperatures all year round. During the winter months (December to March), temperatures average around 24°C and there is very little rainfall. In the summer (June to September), temperatures reach around 28°C and there is more rainfall. The spring (March to May) and autumn (October to November) months are mild and temperatures average around 26°C with some rainfall. Generally, the climate in Prickly Pear is warm and humid with plenty of sunshine and relatively little rainfall.

Cruise weather for Prickly Pear

Our weather forecast for Prickly Pear helps plan your stay according to the weather. For sunny days, pack light and breathable clothes, swimwear, and sunscreen. For winter weather, it's recommended to bring warm clothes, gloves, a hat, sturdy footwear, and a raincoat.

Date Icon Temperature Wind speed/gusts Cloudiness/Visibility Air humidity/pressure Sunrise/Sunset
Jul. 25th 2024 Jul. 25th 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 28.2 °C
35.6 m/s
42.1 m/s
87.1 %
23.9 m
79.9 %
1,019 hPa
05:53:06
18:54:52
Jul. 26th 2024 Jul. 26th 2024 max: 29.4 °C
min: 28.7 °C
33.1 m/s
40.3 m/s
77.0 %
23.9 m
79.7 %
1,017 hPa
05:53:26
18:54:31
Jul. 27th 2024 Jul. 27th 2024 max: 28.9 °C
min: 28.4 °C
30.2 m/s
34.9 m/s
62.8 %
24.1 m
75.6 %
1,016 hPa
05:53:46
18:54:09
Jul. 28th 2024 Jul. 28th 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 28 °C
26.6 m/s
28.8 m/s
33.0 %
23.1 m
75.2 %
1,017 hPa
05:54:06
18:53:46
Jul. 29th 2024 Jul. 29th 2024 max: 28.9 °C
min: 28.4 °C
29.5 m/s
32.4 m/s
43.0 %
23.3 m
75.5 %
1,017 hPa
05:54:26
18:53:22
Jul. 30th 2024 Jul. 30th 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 28.4 °C
36.7 m/s
43.2 m/s
10.8 %
22.6 m
77.8 %
1,017 hPa
05:54:45
18:52:57
Jul. 31st 2024 Jul. 31st 2024 max: 28.9 °C
min: 28.5 °C
37.1 m/s
44.6 m/s
22.7 %
23.0 m
81.2 %
1,017 hPa
05:55:05
18:52:31
Aug. 1st 2024 Aug. 1st 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 28.4 °C
34.2 m/s
40.6 m/s
3.5 %
23.1 m
78.4 %
1,017 hPa
05:55:24
18:52:04
Aug. 2nd 2024 Aug. 2nd 2024 max: 28.7 °C
min: 28.3 °C
30.1 m/s
32.0 m/s
15.5 %
23.0 m
76.7 %
1,015 hPa
05:55:42
18:51:36
Aug. 3rd 2024 Aug. 3rd 2024 max: 28.8 °C
min: 28.3 °C
32.8 m/s
37.1 m/s
54.4 %
24.1 m
77.9 %
1,015 hPa
05:56:01
18:51:07
Aug. 4th 2024 Aug. 4th 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 28.6 °C
36.0 m/s
43.2 m/s
30.7 %
23.7 m
80.2 %
1,015 hPa
05:56:19
18:50:37
Aug. 5th 2024 Aug. 5th 2024 max: 29.0 °C
min: 28.5 °C
34.2 m/s
38.9 m/s
24.7 %
21.4 m
81.4 %
1,017 hPa
05:56:37
18:50:06
Aug. 6th 2024 Aug. 6th 2024 max: 29.1 °C
min: 28.5 °C
32.0 m/s
37.8 m/s
37.2 %
23.8 m
78.0 %
1,017 hPa
05:56:55
18:49:34

Cruises to Prickly Pear

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Scheduled ship calls in Prickly Pear, Virgin Islands
Date Ship Arrival Departure Details
Dec. 20th 2024 Friday, 20th of Dec. 2024 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 30th 2024 Monday, 30th of Dec. 2024 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 24th 2025 Friday, 24th of Jan. 2025 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 31st 2025 Friday, 31st of Jan. 2025 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 3rd 2025 Monday, 3rd of Feb. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 14th 2025 Friday, 14th of Mar. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Nov. 24th 2025 Monday, 24th of Nov. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 5th 2025 Friday, 5th of Dec. 2025 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 11th 2025 Thursday, 11th of Dec. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 15th 2025 Monday, 15th of Dec. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 16th 2025 Tuesday, 16th of Dec. 2025 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 25th 2025 Thursday, 25th of Dec. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 26th 2025 Friday, 26th of Dec. 2025 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 29th 2025 Monday, 29th of Dec. 2025 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 5th 2026 Monday, 5th of Jan. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 6th 2026 Tuesday, 6th of Jan. 2026 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 12th 2026 Monday, 12th of Jan. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 13th 2026 Tuesday, 13th of Jan. 2026 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 9th 2026 Monday, 9th of Feb. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Feb. 24th 2026 Tuesday, 24th of Feb. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 2nd 2026 Monday, 2nd of Mar. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 9th 2026 Monday, 9th of Mar. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 16th 2026 Monday, 16th of Mar. 2026 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 24th 2026 Tuesday, 24th of Mar. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Mar. 28th 2026 Saturday, 28th of Mar. 2026 Sea Dream II 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 2nd 2026 Thursday, 2nd of Apr. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 6th 2026 Monday, 6th of Apr. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Apr. 14th 2026 Tuesday, 14th of Apr. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Dec. 22nd 2026 Tuesday, 22nd of Dec. 2026 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am
Jan. 2nd 2027 Saturday, 2nd of Jan. 2027 Sea Dream I 12:00 am 12:00 am

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