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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

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Address: Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
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Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the...

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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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 the ecosystem. It's just too bad to see masts just sticking up out of the water... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
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97 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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. That alone speaks of the awesomeness of the site.

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Dallas, Texas
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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.

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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.

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Wells, ME
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
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 would expect in terms of quality interpretive exhibits and knowledgeable and friendly docents. It is... 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 see it illuminate at night when the moon is not too bright made me want... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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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 us a lot of historical background about the island (including the battle between Columbus and... More 

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Seattle
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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.

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Reno, Nevada
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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 of the small boat.

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Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, United States
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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.

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Reviewed 15 March 2017

we didn't plan this trip but ended up stopping in - very interesting historical information and breathtaking views!

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