Columbus Landing Beach

The historically important Columbus Landing Beach at Salt River Beach is the only spot on United States soil where members from Christopher Columbus' expedition were known to have touched land. The landing occurred in 1493, and it was also the site of the first armed fight between Europeans and natives.

Located in the North Shore, 3.4 miles east of Cane Bay, Columbus Landing Beach is on the North edge of St. Croix. You should consider dropping by regardless of whether you are staying in the immediate vicinity. Those of you who want the best of both worlds——a sense of seclusion, but the option for activity—— might enjoy stopping by Columbus Landing Beach for a few hours. It's not one of the beaches that's always brimming with visitors, but it also doesn't completely lack a social atmosphere.

Amenities and Ambiance

The beach where Columbus' party first touched down on U.S. soil is white and pebbly, with little shade and a lot of sea grass.

Unfortunately, public restrooms aren't available, though you may be able to use the facilities at a nearby business. You will find the water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your gear if you are looking to do some underwater exploration.

Since Columbus Landing Beach happens to be found inside a relatively urbanized region, many try to show up early.

What's Nearby


Positioned on the North coast of St. Croix; the area hosts attractions such as Columbus Landing Site, which is less than a hundred yards to the southeast.

If you're interested in combining some cultural exploration with your trip to the beach, you should plan a trip to Apothecary Hall, one of the closest museums, giving you a chance to see, and learn about, even more of the area.

With the choice of exciting activities nearby, you'll never run low on things to do. The attractions closest to this beach are listed in the following table.

Activities and Attractions Near Columbus Landing Beach
Attraction Type Distance Direction Island
Columbus Landing Site Historical Site 0.0 SE St. Croix
Fort Sale Ruins Historical Site 0.1 SE St. Croix
Quin House Galleries Art Gallery 4.0 SSE St. Croix
Christiansted Boardwalk Scenic Trail 4.2 SE St. Croix
Maufe Gallery Art Gallery 4.2 SE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

Not far away you'll find Christiansted, a town which is a neat region that strikes a balance between island tranquility and urbanization. From the coast, Christiansted is not far away, maybe four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The mood here——social and lively, or virtually empty—— will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. The area does not have very many large hotels, but it can attract visitors staying at some of the smaller accommodations in the area.

Visitors seeking a hotel room close to the beach shouldn't find it very tough, as there are plenty of accommodations to pick from nearby. Find the closest, most convenient hotel booking options by perusing those shown below.

Accommodations near Columbus Landing Beach
Hotel Distance Direction Type
Villa Margarita Oceanfront Guesthouse 0.2 mi. WNW Guest house
Arawak Bay: The Inn at Salt River 0.6 mi. WSW Hotel
Inn at Pelican Heights 1.6 mi. SE Hotel
The Palms at Pelican Cove 2.2 mi. SE Hotel
Pelican Cove Beach Condos 2.4 mi. SE Hotel
Cane Bay Reef Club 3.2 mi. W Resort
Waves at Cane Bay 3.2 mi. W Hotel
Carringtons Inn 4.1 mi. SE Hotel
Holger Danske Hotel 4.2 mi. SE Hotel
Club Comanche 4.2 mi. SE Hotel


Because restaurants near the beach catch the freshest seafood and the balmiest breezes, don't miss your chance to visit a nearby restaurant, where you'll be able to dive into the Virgin Islands' specialty dishes, without straying too far from your current location. Pirate's Tavern is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant offers both International and Mexican menu items.

Nearby dining options are shown in the following table.

Restaurants near Columbus Landing Beach
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Style Distance Direction
Pirate's Tavern (340) 778-9650 International, Mexican Very Casual 0.3 mi. S
Chocolate BBQ -- -- -- 1.8 mi. SE
Blue's Backyard BBQ -- -- -- 2.1 mi. SE
Palms at Pelican Cove (340) 718-8920 Eclectic Informal 2.2 mi. SE
Darna Grill -- -- -- 2.3 mi. SE
Rowdy Joe's (340) 718-0055 -- -- 2.6 mi. W
Above the Cliff (340) 718-1100 International, Tex-Mex Very Casual 2.6 mi. W
Salud Bistro (340) 718-7900 Mediterranean, Spanish -- 2.6 mi. SE
Un Amore (340) 692-9922 Italian -- 2.9 mi. SE
Smuggler's Cove (340) 719-1333 Italian -- 3.1 mi. SE
Waves at Cane Bay (340) 718-1815 International Informal 3.2 mi. W
McDonald's Golden Rock -- American Very Casual 3.2 mi. SE

Other Beaches

Vacationers looking for a beach that's right for them on St. Croix will have lots of options besides Columbus Landing Beach.

Another location you might enjoy is Davis Bay, situated a brief car or taxi trip away. With a gorgeous beach, Davis Bay is a fine swimming spot on the northern side of St. Croix, and although it can get a bit windy, families and bodysurfers gravitate to this area to play in the waters. However, if that's not exactly what you're looking for, Cane Bay Beach offers a few more possibilities for excitement, and is closer to nearby attractions. You'll find it three and a half miles to the west.

Another option worth considering is Cormorant Beach, located within a short distance. Cormorant Beach Club offers fine snorkeling at an offshore reef although the current can sometimes be dangerous, and the soft white sands here attract many, but draw the homosexual community predominantly.

The Virgin Islands has so much to offer, and dropping by Columbus Landing Beach is just one way to appreciate a pretty afternoon.


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