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Blackbeard's Castle

Learn the legend of the infamous pirate at this scenic complex set around a historic Danish tower in an area known as the Williamsburg of the Caribbean.

The 17th-century watchtower known as Blackbeard’s Castle is among the most iconic historical sites on the U.S. Virgin Islands. Built by Danish settlers to protect the harbor and Fort Christian, the tower today is part of Skytsborg Historical Park. Go to the tower’s viewing platform to enjoy the commanding vista of the bay and the coastline from the highest part of Government Hill in the city of Charlotte Amalie.

At the southern part of the resort complex, climb the famous 99 Steps that lead to the castle. Despite the name, there are actually 103 steps. Capture photos of this extraordinary sight with the luxurious swimming pool in the foreground and hills and palm trees decorating the background.

Swim in the refreshing water to cool down on the typically hot afternoons. The sight of such a historic tower looming over the pool makes for an exceptional swimming experience.

Skytsborg Historical Park comprises 5 acres (2 hectares) of grounds, including two additional pools, with changing rooms, and historical manor houses dating back as far as the 1600s. Take a self-guided historical walking tour at your own pace to see Villa Notman, Haagensen House and Hotel 1829.

Admire the elegant décor in the villas, where you will find handmade Indian mahogany furniture. Inspect the large array of life-size pirates sculptured in bronze and and copper. The undulating hills of the complex contain a pretty garden with terraces and water features.

Note that Blackbeard’s Castle was initially known as the Skytsborg Tower. Its current name pays tribute to the infamous pirate whose real name was Edward Teach. Hear the legend that Blackbeard used the tower for his pirate purposes.

Purchase tickets to enter the site at the front gate or online. The ticket price includes access to the swimming pools and all historic buildings. The site opens on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from morning until afternoon.

Blackbeard’s Castle is on a hilltop in central Charlotte Amalie on the island of St. Thomas. Walk north from the bay for a few minutes to reach the castle. Visit nearby sights, such as the St. Thomas Historical Trust Museum, Fort Christian and the Gallery St. Thomas.


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Windward Passage Hotel $159
Windward Passage Hotel

Windward Passage Hotel

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    3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Leeward Islands, Fort Christian, and Emancipation Garden. Blackbeard's Castle is 0.7 mi (1.2 km) away.

    Bunker Hill Hotel $105
    Bunker Hill Hotel

    Bunker Hill Hotel

    2307 Commandant Gade, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in the historical district, this hotel is steps from Leeward Islands and Blackbeard's Castle. Emancipation Garden and Fort Christian are also within 5 minutes.

      Galleon House Bed Breakfast Inn $80
      Galleon House Bed Breakfast Inn

      Galleon House Bed Breakfast Inn

      31 Kongen Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of St. Thomas, this bed & breakfast is steps from Leeward Islands and Emancipation Garden. Fort Christian and Blackbeard's Castle are also within 5 minutes.

        Skyline Vista Villa $124
        Skyline Vista Villa

        Skyline Vista Villa

        405 Hospital Ground, St. Thomas
           
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Rosendal, this guesthouse is steps from Leeward Islands and Blackbeard's Castle. Emancipation Garden and Fort Christian are also within 10 minutes.

          Mafolie Hotel $200
          Mafolie Hotel

          Mafolie Hotel

          7091 Estate Mafolie, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, St. Thomas
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Leeward Islands and Blackbeard's Castle. Emancipation Garden and Fort Christian are also within 15 minutes.

            Midtown Guest House $80
            Midtown Guest House

            Midtown Guest House

            1B Commandant Gade, P.O. Box 521, St. Thomas
               
              2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in St. Thomas, this guesthouse is steps from Leeward Islands and Emancipation Garden. Fort Christian and Blackbeard's Castle are also within 5 minutes.

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              At Home in the Tropics B&B

              At Home in the Tropics B&B

              1680 Dronningens Gade, Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, VI
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated near the airport, this bed & breakfast is steps from Blackbeard's Castle and Emancipation Garden. Fort Christian and Magens Bay Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                The Landmark Apartment $233
                The Landmark Apartment

                The Landmark Apartment

                2A & 2C Commandant Gade, St. Thomas
                   
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated near the beach, this apartment building is steps from Leeward Islands and Blackbeard's Castle. Emancipation Garden and Fort Christian are also within 10 minutes.