Salt River Bay National Historic Park

Park in North Shore

About 4 miles west of Christiansted, Salt River Bay is the only documented place where Christopher Columbus landed on US soil. Don’t expect bells and whistles; the site remains undeveloped beach. The 700 acres surrounding the Salt River estuary is an ecological reserve filled with mangroves, egrets and bioluminescent life come nighttime.

A visitor center, staffed by volunteers and open erratically, sits uphill on the shore and displays native artifacts. A couple of kayaking companies offer tours through the bay.