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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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Type: Historic Sites, Forests, National Parks, Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Activities: Kayaking, Scuba diving
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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.
Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
“Amazing history”
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 because the Park Service has several signs there including one that says clearly that this is where Columbus landed.

There are no services.

Visited January 2014
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New Boston, New Hampshire, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“This place was a dump”
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. Skip it.

Visited January 2014
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Buffalo, New York, Usa
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48 reviews 48 reviews
27 attraction reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“History!”
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.

Visited January 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Awesome”
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 gets really dark (about an hour into the tour), the show starts. The plankton lights up when agitated, creating a starscape- type experience right under you. The place is kind of off the beaten path, so make sure to give yourself a little extra time in case you get turned around. Also, the see-through kayak tour accepts cash only for payment.

Visited January 2014
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East Granby, Connecticut
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54 reviews 54 reviews
20 attraction reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Columbus landed”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

My husband HAD to see where Columbus landed... It is so quaint and beautiful... He must have been amazed by the beautiful waters and beaches..

Visited December 2013
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