Charlotte Amalie

Travel Guide
Charlotte Amalie showing a coastal town and general coastal views
With jaw-dropping viewpoints and numerous historical attractions, this active town is so much more than just a cruise ship stopover.

Charlotte Amalie has shops, markets and historic attractions aplenty to entertain the throngs of cruise ship passengers who disembark here daily. Get quality Caribbean liquor at affordable prices, ride the tramway to the top of Flag Hill and scour the seas for pirates from historic Blackbeard’s Castle.

This idyllic waterfront town has a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Sip fruity cocktails at one of the busy bars by the pier. Make the most of the great shopping scene. Head to Main Street or to Havensight Mall, a 10-minute drive east from town. Explore more than 60 shops here, selling fine liquor, designer clothes and perfume at duty-free prices.

Step aboard the Skyride to Paradise Point, which carries passengers more than 700 feet (213 meters) above sea level to the summit of Flag Hill. Try to spot your hotel or cruise ship during the journey. From the top, stunning vistas stretch out below.

Back on ground level, stroll north from the center of town up Government Hill to Blackbeard’s Castle. Built by the Danish in 1678, this stone tower was used as a military lookout point. The pirate ships that once troubled the town are no longer around although yachts and ships still navigate through the harbor below.

Wander over to St. Thomas Synagogue. Inside, this serene structure features exquisite mahogany furnishings and an unusual sand-covered floor.

Charlotte Amalie has excellent restaurants with many of the best establishments located in Frenchtown on the west side. Find small restaurants serving succulent fresh fish among the brightly painted houses.

Choose from a range of hotels and resorts here to suit all budgets. Many visitors arrive in Charlotte Amalie by boat, but others come via Cyril E. King Airport, just a 10-minute drive west of town.

Where to stay in Charlotte Amalie

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While Bellevue might not have many sights to explore, venturing just a little farther will lead you to top things to see and do like Havensight Mall and Morningstar Beach.

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If you're spending some time in Havensight, Havensight Mall and Frenchman's Bay are top sights worth seeing.