One of several authentic “desert island” experiences during your stay in Anguilla, Prickly Pear Cays offer snorkeling, swimming, and lunch on pristine and secluded tiny islands just off of the coast, approximately 6 miles out from Road Bay. Start planning your Caribbean trip today and stay in one of CéBlue’s villa rentals in Anguilla!
What to Expect When You Visit Prickly Pear Cays
The Prickly Pear Cays enjoy calm, tranquil waters that make them ideal for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing. The Cays have a uniquely suitable habitat for snorkeling and scuba diving due to their incredible, otherworldly underwater caves and canyon. The depths of the sea caves here range from 40 – 70 feet, with ledges to explore and notable landmarks such as a chimney-style formation. The East Cay is also home to particularly fascinating sunken ships among its coral reefs.
Marine life found in the waters of Prickly Pear Cays include nurse sharks, mangrove snappers, butterflyfish, barracuda, lobsters, groupers, goatfish, crabs, squirrelfish, tarpon, and angelfish, among others.
On land, you’ll encounter the prickly pear cacti from which the Prickly Pear Cays get their name, as well as exotic vegetations like Pop’s Head cacti, sea grapes, milky thorn, nicker tree, mauby bark, balsam bush, and cockspur. You can also see native wildlife species such as laughing gulls, brown noddies, bridled terns, brown pelicans, sea turtles, red-billed tropicbirds, and more.
The Cays are also a marine protected area, 1 of 6 established around the island. Prickly Pear Cays’ permanent marine park has a ban on shell and coral removal, so if you respect the law and the habitat that governs Anguilla, please do not attempt to take home a marine souvenir from your time in the Cays. Spear fishing is also forbidden in the Cays.
There are a lot of options for your transport to the Cays. Check their website for recommended boat transfers from our Anguilla vacation homes. Lunch is served at the 2 local restaurants on Prickly Pear Cays during Tuesday through Saturday. There is also a bar located onsite. We recommend soaking up the views with a tropical cocktail in hand!
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Find out more details about Prickly Pear Cays and other attractions you can enjoy during your Anguilla vacation when you call or email our reservation specialists today to discuss reserving your accommodations in one of our lavish Anguilla vacation homes. You can explore on your own from the comfort of your 1-bedroom vacation home, or bring a group to have an island party, and return to the comfort of a 3-bedroom or 5-bedroom rental: the options are endless, as is the fun!