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Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

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Address: Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Christiansted, St. Croix
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Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the...

Dedicated in 1993, this national, ecological preserve and park features the largest remaining mangrove forest in the U.S.V.I., a submarine canyon, plus objects of cultural significance such as a prehistoric ceremonial hall and burial site.

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Columbus almost landed here...

The visitor center is open Monday thru Friday and is on a hill overlooking Salt River Bay. The visitor center is still under development but there are exhibits in the various... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
brwerner
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Burlington, Vermont
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Burlington, Vermont
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The visitor center is open Monday thru Friday and is on a hill overlooking Salt River Bay. The visitor center is still under development but there are exhibits in the various rooms of a splendid prior home that was donated to the National Park service. A docent who was there was generous with her time and explained what happened during... More 

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Bourgueil, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum is very interesting - fabulous view of the beach where Columbus arrived in 1493. Very nice volunteer who gave us the tour. However, when we went to the beach, there was an old washed-up refrigerator from someone's boat. Had been there since last July!!! according to a man who comes there. SOOO disappointed to have the National Park... More 

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Southern Shores, North Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The park is still under development but looks to become a lovely asset to the Park Service. Well worth a visit

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Clarksville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

George is a treasure! He was the National Park volunteer who was present when we were there. He was totally engaging and a great resource in explaining the history of the Island from the time before the landing of Columbus to present day conservation plans.

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Price, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great view from the Museum, we got one on one attention the volunteers. Kayaking was great, Jesse did a great job! The night kayaking trip was tons of fun! I would definitely suggest all 3!

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Alexandria, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Beautiful site with fascinating historical significance. Columbus' return to America with a 17 ship fleet with colonists. Site of first battle with indigenous people (one dead on each side). The visitors center was converted from a mansion of a local doctor with spectacular ocean views. There's also a fantastic beach that is part of the site. Ecology, history, recreation, and... More 

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

The signage off highway 80 is a bit confusing. For the National Park, turn in at the Salt River Bay marina, but do NOT go into the marina, stay straight ahead and follow the signs. The Visitors' Center is worth your time. It was formerly a large mansion for an opthomologist on the island and the views of the north... More 

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Quincy, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

LOVED our kayak tours of Salt River Bay.(Bush tribe did a great job!) Lots to see from the bioluminesence, to the leaping fish, lovely birds, and the sunken boats. Highly recommended.

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Acton, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016

The national park building is on a prominent overlook with a sweeping view of the area that Columbus' crew landed. On a clear day, there are views to St. John and the BVI. The building has well informed and welcoming volunteers who can share the history of the land and the development that followed. It is also nicely painted with... More 

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Naugatuck, Connecticut, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

Night time kayak trip was excellent! A must see for everyone. Guides were great! A must see for everyone

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