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Prickly Pear Cays

Prickly Pear Cays
Prickly Pear Cays
  • Type: Beaches, Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: Half Day to Full Day
Overall Rating: 4.0 (4.1)
Value: 3.5 (3.5)
Food Scene: 0.0 (N/A)
Atmosphere: 5.0 (5.0)
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Hop on a boat from Sandy Ground to experience one of the more tranquil and picturesque beaches of the Caribbean: The Prickly Pear Cays are two small uninhabited islands located about a six-mile (or 15-minute) trip from the mainland, and they have become popular with travelers (especially families) because of the shallow, calm waters for swimming, plus the cute canaries and finches that willingly come to feed from your hand.

You'll find plenty of beach chairs on the cays, and an on-site restaurant that's open Tuesdays through Saturdays to serve refreshments, lunch and dinner. But the experience is going to cost you; the boat trip alone runs at least $60 USD per person, plus food or watersports rentals will further hoist your fees. Still, recent travelers insist the trip is worth it, so consider saving some money by packing a picnic for your day away.

A once-daily boat leaves from in front of Johnno's Beach Bar to shuttle travelers to the prickly pears for six hours, but you can also arrange a private charter for more flexibility with going and leaving times. 

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