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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

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The "so-call landing spot of Columbus"

Though C. C. never actually landed in the US, in his earlier trips he did land on St. Croix in the... read more

Reviewed August 2, 2018
Jacksonville, United States
Got schooled by a local. Literally!

By a happy driving error we ended up at the cross where Columbus supposedly set foot on St. Croix... read more

Reviewed June 18, 2018
Tullahoma, TN
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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.
Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
+1 340-773-1460
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Reviewed August 2, 2018

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.

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Reviewed June 18, 2018

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 know.

Thank mtnlover21
Reviewed June 17, 2018

We had an awesome trip kayaking the bioluminescent bay with Caribbean Sea Adventures. It was a great trip and I would definitely recommend visiting salt water bay.

Thank Carmody P
Reviewed June 8, 2018 via mobile

This place is really pretty. Choose a night with low moonlight and take a bioluminescent kayak tour. It’s worth it. Also the shop has stuff for sale and a little bar/restaurant for relaxing in. Would go again!

Thank David J
Reviewed May 12, 2018

Took the pontoon boat with Captain Danny around the Salt River area. He did a very good job telling us about the history of the area, including a stopping point for Christopher Columbus. He pointed out and told us about the various wild life in...More

Thank Bill H
Reviewed May 10, 2018

The bioluminescence is amazing. We took a see-thru kakay tour, and our guides caught some jellyfish with a net that they then showed us. You may not see or know about the jellyfish otherwise, and see only the tiny dots that light up. But there...More

Thank Stefan P
Reviewed February 10, 2018

This isn't a park ! It's a rancid swamp ! Don't waste your time. If you do go. Take LOTS of insect repellent.

4  Thank dcyonce
Reviewed January 28, 2018

I never thought I would kayak at night, however, this was an amazing experience. Travis, our guide, was extremely knowledgeable about the Salt River Bay and St. Croix in general. To see the organisms glow in the water was awesome. We spent 2 hours kayaking....More

3  Thank Ed A
Reviewed November 19, 2017

Excellent safe conscious trip made our fears go away to participate in a lifetime experience over 65 paddlers Thank you

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Reviewed September 2, 2017

My daughter and I did the nighttime kayak tour thru Caribbean Adventures. The two young women that were our guides were very friendly, helpful, polite, and informative. We had a great time! The bay was so beautiful in the moonlight and it was just dark...More

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Justin K
February 5, 2017|
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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
February 20, 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.