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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
340-773-1460
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Historic Sites, Forests
Activities: Kayaking, Scuba diving
Owner description: Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the largest remaining mangrove forest in the U.S.V.I., a submarine canyon,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

My wife and I just returned from our Royal Caribbean cruise and were extremely disappointed with this excursion (SX-30). I was initially excited about this based on reviews and the item description, especially with the mention of the Discovery Channel. Unfortunately, there was no river, only the bay upon which it emptied. The departure point is a smelly boat harbor... More

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Barrington, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Very unique and interesting experience. The guide was great, very informative about the history of the Salt River (Christopher Columbus) as well as the bioluminescent organisms we saw lighting up the water at night.

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Fairfax Station, Virginia, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Bioluminescence is pretty cool - put your hands in the water and be amazed at what you see. Amazing tour even though at first you wonder if you should go

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Wilmington, Delaware
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Stop by and see the area. Good snorkeling and a protected NP. Stop in at the pirates tavern and have a bite to eat. Tavern is in salt river marina.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

We stopped on a Friday and literally no one was around. We later learned that this national park is staff by part time volunteers. If you're looking for remote self guided tour this is the place. Don't expect to learn from someone else educating you. Beware of no traditional national park signage, signs marking park are red not brown. If... More

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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82 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

This is a nice, quiet beach and we found a few nice shells by digging through the sand. Like many of the beaches on non-cruise ship days, there were only a handful of people. The beach is pretty rocky. Like most of St. Croix, signage is poor. Turn at the Salt Cove Marina and then follow the main road. There... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
3 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

If you go to St. Croix, you need to find Salt Bay. This is the only place where Columbus' men landed in the US. The beach is beautiful and deserted. To all those who say that they want to get away from the crowds and find a secluded beach, this is it. You'll know that you're in the right place... More

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New Boston, New Hampshire, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

This was the only place we drove to(the area where you get to visit the site that Columbus landed at, as well at the Pirate bar near the boat docks) that we thought was a dump. Dirty and we felt nervous to be the only ones on the beach. The only place with litter, including lots of broken glass. Yucky.... More

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Buffalo, New York, Usa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

What a beautiful place. You can almost imagine Columbus sending out his men. What an awesome place to see the bioluminescence.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

My wife and did the see-thru kayak tour, and it was really cool. We got a nice tour of the bay along with a good history lesson of the area. Our tour guide (Bryce) was top-notch. He seemed to know everything about all of the ships wrecks in the bay and the ecological and environmental issues its facing. Once it... More

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