Aerial photo showing the islands of Eustasia
Prickly Pear and Mosquito / Moskito with Gorda in the back
Necker Island is directly
below the helicopter and out of view. Eustasia, Prickly Pear
and Mosquito islands lie just north of Gorda.
Eustasia Island (also called
Eustatia) is a privately owned island of just 28 acres and
includes three houses, two of which we understand to
available to rent - Seaside Villa and Hilltop Villa.
Eustatia is rocky with several small beaches and the island
is covered in cedar trees and cactus and nearby Eustatia
reef is a good place for snorkelling.
Prickly Pear Island is the
largest of the three
Caribbean islands (171 acres) in the photograph
and is a BVI National Park since 1988 which means that
little or no further development of Prickly Pear will be
permitted. The island has some great beaches including Vixen
Point which is also a good anchorage for visiting yachts and
another feature of Prickly Pear is the salt ponds.
Moskito Island (also called
Mosquito) is in the top right corner of the aerial
photograph. Moskito was named after the Moskito Indians who
lived there before the 14th Century, but is often referred
to as Mosquito Island. This small jewel is 124 acres is
mostly abandoned (2006) and the resort of Drake's Anchorage
that was once popular in the 1960's and 1970' is
uninhabited. The Moskito Island resort was established in
the 1960's by a local Bert Kilbride (the "Last Pirate of the
Caribbean") who spent his life searching for hidden
treasure. Kilbride's resort closed in 1997 and reopened for
a short period in 2000.