On the island of St. Croix stands the only place that is now a territory of the United States where Columbus's crew actually set foot on solid ground. Although this is a fact that usually grabs the attention of travelers, there is so much more history to this spot -- the Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve, that is -- that can't be overlooked.
The most remarkable thing about Salt River Bay is that every major period of human habitation in the Virgin Islands is represented here. From the South American Indians to Spanish dominance, the slave trade, and on, archeological evidence has been found in this spot to prove that many important events took place here.
But history lovers are not alone in their love for Salt River Bay. This is also the home of the largest remaining mangrove forest in the Virgin Islands, as well as a submarine canyon, and beautiful coral reefs.
Located in , welcomes residents and tourists who are rooming in this part of the Virgin Islands. However, even if you aren't staying particularly close, you should think about stopping by for some fun in the sun.
Salt River Pond is accessible via Route 75 connecting to Route 80, just five miles away from the Christiansted National Historic Site.
Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve can be found 3.6 miles east of Cane Bay, in the North Shore; it is four miles (six and a half kilometers) to the northwest of Christiansted.
Of course, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area is having a dish at a restaurant within traveling distance of Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve. The closest restaurant to Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve is Pirate's Tavern, which serves International food. Also close-by, you and your group will have options including and where you should make it a point not to ask for your check without trying their specialty barbecue.
Active travelers that like bays, and would like to see others, should consider Fort Sale Ruins, which is a few hundred yards away the North Shore. Also think about heading over to Columbus Landing Site, which is another attraction in the area.and ; the first of which is a few hundred yards to the northwest of Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve. Other types of nearby attractions include
Bays are one type of attraction you can visit, but there's even more to see during your stay. The following list contains attractions that are nearby.
|Fort Sale Ruins||Historic Site||0.2 mi. (6.9 km)||W||4.3 mi. Northwest of Christiansted|
|Columbus Landing Site||Historic Site||0.3 mi. (7.0 km)||WNW||4.3 mi. Northwest of Christiansted|
|Virgin Islands Sustainable Farm Institute||--Other Places--||--||--||2.3 mi. West-Southwest of Christiansted|
|--||3.7 mi. (1.0 km)||SE||Christiansted|
|The Lutheran Church||Historic Site||4.1 mi. (0.2 km)||SE||Downtown Christiansted|
|Government House||Historic Site||4.1 mi. (0.1 km)||SE||Downtown Christiansted|
|Scale House||Historic Site||4.1 mi. (0.0 km)||SE||Downtown Christiansted|
|Apothecary Hall||Museum||4.1 mi. (0.2 km)||SE||Downtown Christiansted|
Salt River Bay is open Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and by appointment. If the park is closed, you can get information about this spot from the National Park Service Visitor Contact Station in Fort Christianvaern.
The Visitor Center here is only open November 14 through June 30 of each year.
Access to this park is free. If you'd like to tour Salt River Bay, however, contact the park staff two weeks in advance so that a tour guide will be there to greet you.
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