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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

#5 of 39 things to do in Christiansted Features Animals
Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
+1 340-773-1460
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Beautiful historically significant ecological location...

The bay is beautiful, especially at night. My wife and I did the kayak tour of the bioluminescent... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jason Y
The place where boats go to die

The title is true and unfortunate. There are several "new" shipwrecks in the bay which now add to... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the largest remaining mangrove forest in the U.S.V.I., a submarine canyon, plus objects of cultural significance such as a prehistoric ceremonial hall and burial site.
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Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
+1 340-773-1460
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The bay is beautiful, especially at night. My wife and I did the kayak tour of the bioluminescent bay. It is one of only 7 such locations in the entire world, and we could not pass up a chance to see it. We were not...More

Thank Jason Y
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The title is true and unfortunate. There are several "new" shipwrecks in the bay which now add to the ecosystem. It's just too bad to see masts just sticking up out of the water. On a positive note freaking Chris Columbus was here in 1493....More

Thank Laird01
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Salt River Bay National Historical Park is a must visit if you are on the island of St. Croix and have a sense of history. Take the time to stand on the shores of Salt River Bay where Christopher Columbus landed in 1493.

Thank danamiddle
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Visited during cruise ship day so busy with tourists. Guides available to answer any questions. Fantastic views of water.

Thank Sharon P
Reviewed 16 April 2017

We stumbled onto this park by accident! The signage and road into this park might make you think you are not going the right way, but once you get to the top, the park is great. It is a small park, but has what you...More

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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

The volunteer that met us was so friendly and knowledgeable about the area and history. I was slightly disappointed that we weren't able to visit the actual landing site of Columbus due to the unsuitable roads but hearing about bioluminecent bay and that you can...More

Thank 150,206
Reviewed 4 April 2017

We were hoping to do some birdwatching. Alas, this wasn't really the place for that, or for hiking. But the visitors center is interesting, and the views from up on the hill are nice. The volunteer staffer (a lovely woman of Puerto Rican descent) gave...More

Thank JenGuernsey
Reviewed 3 April 2017

Our NPS volunteer docent was fantastic! Site of a significant Chris Columbus moment, but the location is also an opportunity to understand how the rich people live in their hillside villas. Has inspired me to do further research.

Thank Jules J
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Bioluminescent at night was breathtaking! A must do while in st croix. We had a large group and the handled us with ease. Even our friend that has trouble walking made it on this trip because the men help us and him in and out...More

1  Thank deescherries
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Tucked away far on the hill, this historical place is well worth the stop. The views are beautiful and learning about the history was good, too.

Thank Wendy W
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Justin K
Any idea when the park will be fully developed with services (ie, a visitor center that is staffed full time, trails, ect.)?
6 February 2017|
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Response from PvcM | Reviewed this property |
Although the website doesn't say it, they are open full time, but with volunteers. The visitor's center is a former "mansion" for a local doctor. Worth a visit. Also a nice beach at the Columbus landing site. Not much of the... More
Kathy S
As a Timeshare staying there on an exchange, what will be the daily cost per person for the meal plan, taxes, gratuities for an arrival on April 18th, 2015?
21 February 2015|
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Response from contradancer | Reviewed this property |
I didn't have a meal plan. Our meals cost about the same as they do in the U.S.