Prickly Pear (British Virgin Islands)

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Prickly Pear island.

Prickly Pear is an island of the British Virgin Islands in the Caribbean. It is uninhabited but has a beach bar and recreational water sports facility on it. It is located on the north side of North Sound, opposite Virgin Gorda.

The entire island is, theoretically, a nature refuge, but the Government controversially granted a lease of the crown lands for the restaurant and water sports facility. Adding to the controversy, the tenant has for years refused pay the appointed rent, but the Government will not support the National Parks in taking proceedings for the arrears or terminating the lease.[citation needed]

Coordinates: 18°30′N 64°22′W / 18.500°N 64.367°W / 18.500; -64.367