Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve, Christiansted

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#3 of 14 in Historic Sites in St. Croix
Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve contains evidence of thousands of years of human habitation. Within this park you can find prehistoric and colonial-era archaeological sites and ruins nestled within a tropical ecosystem. Kayak through mangroves, snorkel in coral reefs, and hike up mountain forest trails to get the most out of your visit. The park also contains the Columbus Landing Site, the only place on the territory now controlled by the United States visited by members of a Christopher Columbus expedition. Use our St. Croix trip itinerary planning site to add Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve and other attractions to your St. Croix vacation plans.
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  • In 1493, Christopher Columbus dropped anchor off the Salt River Bay but his stay was quite short as his crew were run off by the local Arawak tribe. One of the most fascinating excursions is to kayak ...  more »
  • Though C. C. never actually landed in the US, in his earlier trips he did land on St. Croix in the Salt River bay area.  more »
  • By a happy driving error we ended up at the cross where Columbus supposedly set foot on St. Croix. There was a local there that spend 15 minutes telling us all kinds of knowledge only a local would kn...  more »
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  • Christopher Columbus landed here. Also a pretty beach.
  • You have to go! Some of the best views on the island and great breezes. Learn a little about the history of the island while you're at it. Nice find!
  • A great view of the Northshore, and St. Thomas on a clear day. A where the Natives met the first wave of trespassers and destroyer of millions of Natives.
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