Charlotte Amalie, United States Virgin Islands
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Pirates are Popular at Blackbeard's Castle Jun 26, 2007
"Blackbeard's Castle" was originally built in 1679 as a watchtower overlooking Charlotte Amalie harbor and was known as Skytsborg. Today, the historic structure has taken on a new popularity as a center for pirate lore. Pirates are popular and big business in St. Thomas. However, I recommend visiting Blackbeard's Castle even if you are not into pirates. It's definitely a historic site to see. You can go up in the tower for the view, and the view over Charlotte Amalie from Government Hill is wonderful! (In fact, you don't even have to go up in the tower for an amazing view over the harbor.)
Also on the grounds are a swimming pool, a bar and snack bar, and a small hotel. A gift shop sells all manner of pirate souvenirs. Statues of famous pirates complete the scene. The most imposing a large statue of Blackbeard himself.
Blackbeard's Castle can be reached by walking up the 99 Steps. You'll pass other historic sites such as the Haagensen House and Villa Notman. There is also a walking tour available for $22 that includes admission to the different sites along the way.
Backbeard's Castle was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1994.
Part of the Eastern Caribbean Cruise 2007 travel blog
Part of the list Things to see in St. Thomas, USVI
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