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St. Croix Sights

Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

  • Rte. 75 to Rte. 80 Map It
  • Estate Salt River
  • Beach–Sight

Updated 02/09/2015

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This joint national and local park commemorates the area where Christopher Columbus's men skirmished with the Carib Indians in 1493 on his second visit to the New World. The peninsula on the bay's east side is named for the event: Cabo de las Flechas (Cape of the Arrows). Although the park is still developing, it has several sights with cultural significance. A ball court, used by the Caribs in religious ceremonies, was discovered at the spot where the taxis park. Take a short hike up the dirt road to the ruins of an old earthen fort for great views of Salt River Bay. The area also encompasses a coastal estuary with the region's largest remaining mangrove forest, a submarine canyon, and several endangered species, including the hawksbill turtle and the roseate tern. A visitor center, open in winter only, sits just uphill to the west. The water at the beach can be on the rough side, but it's a nice place for sunning.

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Rte. 75 to Rte. 80, Estate Salt River, Saint Croix, 00820, U.S. Virgin Islands

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  • Nov.–June, Tues.–Thurs. 9–4

Updated 02/09/2015


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