Columbus’ first-ever encounter with Native Americans took place at Salt River on St. Croix’s North Shore, a meeting that did not end well for the explorers. Adventurous travelers still make their way here, of course, leaving with more pleasant memories of the natural wonders here. The best way to experience Salt River is by kayak. Several operators offer guided tours detailing the area’s history, mangrove estuary, exotic birds, and more. Night tours enable visitors to witness bioluminescence, the water all around you lighting up as you paddle along beneath the stars.