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Columbus Monument: San Salvador

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This monument to Columbus' landfall is located at Long Bay and was so named for Columbus' long boat which came ashore at this point. A monument placed on the floor of the ocean in Long Bay marks the exact spot where Columbus dropped anchor on October 12th, 1492.

On the beach, a simple white cross commemorates the first land discovered in the West Indies. This location is based on the scholarship of Admiral Samuel Eliot Morison whose expedition in 1940 charted the course of Columbus from the Old World to the New. The cross, erected by Columbian historian Ruth D. Wolper and the people of San Salvador in 1956, is the most photographed spot on the island.

Seasons Open: Year Round

Accessibility Notes

Because of where the Monument sits next to the beach, and the sandy surroundings, this may be challenging for persons with mobility impairments or anyone in a wheelchair. Caution is advised.

 Pet Friendly Notes

Only leashed pets are allowed, but they must be controlled.

For More Information, Contact:

San Salvador Tourist Office

Queen's Highway, Cockburn Town, SS
(242) 331-1928 · fax (242) 331-1927
Administrator's Office-San Salvador
General Delivery, Cockburn Town, SS
(242) 331-2202 · fax (242) 331-2221
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Latitude: 24.077555000
Longitude: -74.476009000
Elevation: 35 FT (11 M)
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