Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve

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.

Location

Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve is located 3.6 miles east of Cane Bay, in the North Shore; it's four miles (six and a half kilometers) to the northwest of Christiansted.

Salt River Pond is accessible via Route 75 connecting to Route 80, just five miles away from the Christiansted National Historic Site.

Nearby Restaurants

There are a multitude of eateries to select from in the community around this body of water. Pirate's Tavern, which serves up International fare, is very close-by, making it a great option for visitors here. Chocolate BBQ and Blue's Backyard BBQ are some more restaurant choices near the bay. At Blue's Backyard BBQ you should make it a point not to end your meal without sampling their specialty, barbecue.

Nearby Attractions

Visitors that like bays, and are interested in visiting others, should consider Columbus Bay and Sugar Bay; the first is a few hundred yards to the northwest of this page's natural attraction. You'll find at least one or two additional attractions nearby, including Fort Sale Ruins, which is a few hundred yards away the North Shore. Also think about checking out Columbus Landing Site, which is another attraction nearby.

If your taste for travel keeps you looking for new activity and attraction options, you'll find the closest ones in the following table.

Attractions Near Salt River Bay National Historic Park and Ecological Preserve
Attraction Type Distance Direction Location
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
Peter Carl Limpricht Park -- 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

More Information

Hours

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.

Cost

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.

Location: the North Shore, St. Croix

Phone

(340) 773-1460

Website

http://www.nps.gov/sari/index.htm

 

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