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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

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Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
+1 340-773-1460
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Bioluminescent Bay kayak tour

My daughter and I did the nighttime kayak tour thru Caribbean Adventures. The two young women that... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2017
Lennox, South Dakota
Great Scenic Views

We were greeted by a friendly & knowledgeable docent. He guided us through rooms with local... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Albert S
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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.
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  • Average13%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“kayak tour” (27 reviews)
Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
+1 340-773-1460
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Reviewed 2 September 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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Reviewed 16 August 2017

We were greeted by a friendly & knowledgeable docent. He guided us through rooms with local artifacts. It was nice to see the history of the island. Views over Salt Bay and out to Buck Island are memorable.

Thank Albert S
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Nothing great about this place, but the view and few artifacts were neat to see. Has a long way to go on the national park side of things, limited hours and things already look tired.

Thank KelsieMoose
Reviewed 11 July 2017

We kayaked through Salt River Bay with BushTribe, and Chris was able to provide a lot of the historical significance of the area as well as a nice view of the flora and fauna in the area. It's well worth it to see the mangroves...More

Thank ADS80
Reviewed 9 July 2017

This is supposed to be a national park? The only place in the United States where Christopher Columbus actually landed? The beach was trashed, there was not even a monument much less any interpretive information. If you like seeing piles of garbage bags and esed...More

Thank palmetto1968
Reviewed 16 June 2017

The bay is beautiful, especially at night. My wife and I did the kayak tour of the bioluminescent bay. It is one of only 7 such locations in the entire world, and we could not pass up a chance to see it. We were not...More

Thank Jason Y
Reviewed 26 May 2017 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....More

Thank Laird01
Reviewed 19 May 2017

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.

Thank danamiddle
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.

Thank Sharon P
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...More

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Justin K
6 February 2017|
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Response from PvcM | Reviewed this property |
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
21 February 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.