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 coast of St. Croix. You might think about stopping by whether or not you are staying particularly close by. Vacationers who want a somewhat serene and secluded beach, that's also not too far from the town's amenities might enjoy stopping by Columbus Landing Beach for a few hours. It's not the type of beach that gets packed every day, but it's not dead and empty either.

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, restrooms will not be available here, so those of you traveling with small children may want to consider another spot. The water in the area is clear enough for snorkeling, so bring along some equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

Bear in mind that Columbus Landing Beach's immediate surroundings are an urban area, so plan accordingly.

What's Nearby


This beach is positioned on the North coast of St. Croix; this area boasts other attractions such as Columbus Landing Site, which is only a short distance away, so visitors have the option to walk or to take a cab.

Some may feel that museums and beaches are an odd combination, but at least a few travelers find that museums like Apothecary Hall (one of the closest to Columbus Landing Beach) offer rare insight into Caribbean life and help visitors understand the Virgin Islands' interesting past.

If you're looking for plenty of activities to keep you or your family busy, this beach isn't far from any of the items 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
Christiansted Boardwalk Scenic Trail 4.2 SE St. Croix
Maufe Gallery Art Gallery 4.2 SE St. Croix
True Blue Art Studio Art Gallery 4.2 SE St. Croix

Cities and Towns

The nearby town of Christiansted is an interesting area that brings together the quietude of the Caribbean and the urbanization of city life. From the coast, Christiansted is not far away, roughly four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


The popularity of this spot on any given day can vary, depending on when you visit, and how many people have booked nearby hotels. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to guests from smaller lodgings in the area.

Visitors trying to find a place to stay not far from Columbus Landing Beach won't have a difficult time, as there are plenty of hotels to pick from in the surrounding area. You'll find the closest lodging options by looking over what's listed in the table 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
Hibiscus Beach Resort 2.1 mi. SE Resort
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


It's no problem if you start to get the munchies while hanging out at Columbus Landing Beach; you'll have your pick of different cuisines and dining styles nearby. One of the nearest restaurants is Pirate's Tavern. The restaurant offers both International and Mexican menu items.

The following table lists restaurants closest to this beach.

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
H2O Caribbean Bistro (847) 699-8030 Contemporary Very Casual 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
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

Needless to say, Columbus Landing Beach isn't the only beach worth visitng on St. Croix.

You might also enjoy 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. If you're looking for a more active beach scene, you might enjoy people watching at Cane Bay Beach. It's located three and a half miles to the west.

Travelers may also want to consider Cormorant Beach, which is located a mile away. 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.

Perhaps Columbus Landing Beach is the most convenient coastline for you to visit, but some travelers itch to explore more; in which case you should keep looking for a beach or natural attraction that suits your vacation style.


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