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 might think about stopping by even if you aren't staying nearby. Many of the beaches in the Virgin Islands are quiet and secluded, but the ambiance at Columbus Landing Beach is one of both seclusion and activity; this means you can relax without having to travel too far from the buzz of the city.

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.

Keep in mind that restrooms won't be found on-site, but you may be able to find facilities at a nearby business. The water here is clear enough for snorkeling, so grab your equipment if you're wanting to check out the underwater sites.

Since Columbus Landing Beach happens to be located within an active, busy area, you might want consider the time when you plan your visit.

What's Nearby


This pleasant stretch of sand known as Columbus Landing Beach is on the North coast of St. Croix; it's located near attractions like Columbus Landing Site, which is less than a hundred yards away.

Beaches and museums may seem an odd combination to some, but plenty of visitors find that museums like Apothecary Hall (one of the closest to Columbus Landing Beach) offer a fun learning experience and a whole new side of the Virgin Islands' history.

Beaches are nice for a few hours here and there, but there's even more to see during your stay. The table below lists other attractions that are nearby.

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

Columbus Landing Beach is in the Christiansted area, so walking the city is a definite option. Christiansted is the closest city and is an area with plenty to do, but yet isn't overcrowded. From the beach, Christiansted is a fairly short distance away, about four and a half miles (seven kilometers).


Whether or not you encounter a lot of other visitors will depend on how many hotel guests decide to make the trip as well. This beach is not near many large hotels, but it can appeal to visitors from some of the area's smaller options.

Since the beach is situated in a fairly popular tourist destination, it is not usually that tough to find the type of hotel you're looking for nearby. If you are looking to find a place that's on or near the water, the following table lists the options closest to Columbus Landing Beach.

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
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
Hotel Caravelle 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. Pirate's Tavern is one of the closest eateries. The restaurant has both International and Mexican menu items.

A list of nearby restaurants is included 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

St. Croix has several beautiful beaches, so Columbus Landing Beach is just one of your options.

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. More active guests, though, may be interested in Cane Bay Beach, which could provide a little more opportunity for excitement, and is closer to additional things to do and see nearby. You'll find it three and a half miles to the west.

You may also want to consider Cormorant Beach, which is located a mile to the east. 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.

Of course, there is much more to do besides lounge on the sand in the Virgin Islands, but taking a swim at Columbus Landing Beach is certainly a fun way to enjoy the area's natural attractions.


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