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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

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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 1 week ago

We went on a nighttime kayak tour for the bioluminescent bay. The bio wasn't super active that night, but it was still cool to see and an interesting tour.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank greengirl68
Reviewed 6 November 2018

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 out to the bioluminescent bay after dark. This...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Emelyn M
Reviewed 2 August 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.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank Y6800YAdenniss
Reviewed 18 June 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank mtnlover21
Reviewed 17 June 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.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Carmody P
Reviewed 8 June 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!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank David J
Reviewed 12 May 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

Date of experience: May 2018
1  Thank Bill H
Reviewed 10 May 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

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Stefan P
Reviewed 11 February 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.

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank dcyonce
Reviewed 28 January 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

Date of experience: January 2018
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Justin K
5 February 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