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Salt River Bay is an anchorage in St. Croix.

St. Croix is a charter location in St. Croix, a yacht charter area in US Virgin Islands.

The anchorages on St. Croix:

Location 

Salt River Bay is located 5 miles west of Christiansted on the north shore of St Croix island in the Caribbean and 38 miles south of St. Thomas. Due to its location, St Croix is the least visited island of the United States Virgins for yachters. The area is of historical significance since this is where, according to the reports, explorer Christopher Colombus first landed in 1493. The area is a designated National Park and a significant ecological preserve.  


Navigation 

For Salt River Bay anchorage, it is important to seek assistance and follow advice from locals on approach and entry. To reach the bay from the north you will follow a narrow channel through the reefs. Best attempted during calm weather with clear visibility. Keep in mind there are dangerous swells on both sides. For anchoring off the beach the bottom is a mixture of sand and mud with good holding. The Salt River Bay Marina is located on the W side of the inner basin and has 30 berths. Here yachters will find standard amenities including showers, water, and electricity. Fuel transport can be arranged. 

Salt River St Croix
credit: Go to St Croix


General Information 

While entry can be challenging, the area is well protected and can provide good cover during hurricane season. The lush greenery around the area is complete with mangrove swamps and salt marshes. 

Things to Do


Salt River Bay National Historical Park and Ecological Preserve

 

This spot is also home to one of St Croix’s bioluminescent bays – the other one being Altona Lagoon located further east on the north shore of the island. The result is a fascinating natural wonder with the water “coming alive” due to the bright micro-organisms called dinoflagellates. The ecosystem of Salt River Bay hosts one of the largest remaining mangrove forests in the Virgin Islands that are home to protected and endangered marine life. 

St Croix Island
credit: Canva Library
St Croix Island
credit: Canva Library


Scuba Diving 

Salt River Bay is one of the most popular spots for scuba diving enthusiasts. The underwater canyon and narrow reefs are teeming with fish, corals, sponges and sea life.  Both the E and W Wall of the Canyon offer unique experiences for divers. Come to experience the geographical formations of the area and spot reef sharks or even spotted eagle rays. 

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