Salt River Ecosystem

salt_river_stcroixOne of the must things to do while staying at Arawak Bay Inn is to explore the Salt River Bay. This is the only site in the Virgin Islands where Christopher Columbus actually came ashore, which he did on his second voyage in 1493. Salt River bay remains an ecological preserve, providing a sanctuary and protected breeding ground for a wide variety of birds, fish and sea turtles. It is also the largest remaining area for red, white, black and buttonwood mangrove forests whose survival have been threatened in recent years by the various hurricanes to make landfall on St. Croix, the most recent of which was Hurricane Omar in October 2008.

Salt River Bay is a dynamic ecosystem, a living museum with prehistoric and colonial-era archaeological sites and ruins. In 1999 Congress created the Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve as part of the National Park System. Arawak Bay Inn overlooks the Visitor Center for the Salt River Bay National Park and Ecological System

More information on the Salt River Bay National Park and Ecological Preserve visit Salt River Bay National Historical Park

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