Salt River Bay NHP&EP Visitor Contact Station Closed until November 2014
The Visitor Contact Station at Salt River Bay is currently closed until we reopen on November 14, 2014. Based on staff availability we can open by appointment, or reserve for specific function. Call 340-773-1460 for more information
Cover up, wear a hat, and use sunscreen to avoid sunburn. Beware of hazardous surf conditions and crosscurrents and do not swim alone. Be cautious in shoreline shallows and near shore reefs; avoid potentially harmful stingrays, fire coral, spiny sea urchins, and stinging organisms. Cuts from coral and other marine life infect quickly; clean and medicate them. Corals are fragile animal skeletons; don’t stand or hang on them. We recommend you scuba dive with a professional group. Check on regulations and best practices before boating. Don’t anchor in coral reef areas. Learn to recognize and avoid hazardous vegetation. Contact with poisonous manchineel trees – including sap, leaves, bark, and fruit resembling small green apples – can cause a chemical burn. Touching your eyes after such contact can cause swelling or even temporary blindness. Contact with the holly-like Christmas bush causes a severe rash.
Did You Know?
By filtering water that runs off the land and into the bay, the mangrove forests protect coral reefs from sediments that can smother corals and block the sunlight they use to synthesize their food.