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 can be found 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

And, one of the most enjoyable possibilities while spending an afternoon exploring the area is enjoying food at a restaurant within traveling distance of this body of water. Pirate's Tavern, which serves International meals, will be of particular interest to visitors looking for a convenient meal. Also within a short distance, you'll find options like Chocolate BBQ and Blue's Backyard BBQ where you and your party can't leave without taking a bite of their specialty barbecue.

Nearby Attractions

Travelers who like bays, and are interested in visiting others, should consider going to Columbus Bay and Sugar Bay; the first and closest of which is a few hundred yards to the northwest of this page's natural attraction. Additional local attractions include Fort Sale Ruins, which is a few hundred yards away the North Shore. Furthermore, you can think about heading over to Columbus Landing Site, which is another attraction in the area.

If you're looking for other nearby attractions or activity 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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