Blackbeard’s Castle, Charlotte Amalie

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#1 of 15 in Historic Sites in St. Thomas
Learn about the Caribbean's pirate-filled past at Blackbeard’s Castle, a lookout tower located on a historical site. Built in 1679, the tower reaches a height of 12 m (40 ft) and has walls 1.8m (6 ft) thick, allowing excellent visibility of, and protection of, incoming enemies. Nowadays, the top of the tower offers extensive views of the town and its harbor, while downstairs you'll find three sparkling swimming pools. Plunge into the water to relax after a long day spent plundering the high seas. Blackbeard's here too, in the form of a 4.2 m (14 ft) bronze statue. Put Blackbeard’s Castle and other Charlotte Amalie attractions into our Charlotte Amalie trip planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • There are not many attractions on the island, but this is one of them. The view is amazing, and rather cozy. Not much to see.
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  • Worth it if you continue past the castle and do the rest of the self-guided walking tour through the other sites, like the old estate house, pirate museum, amber waterfall and rum emporium. They don't...  more »
  • The tour and history is very informative. Bring your bathing suit and towel! The pool is delightful, and the rum punch is delicious.  more »
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  • Really loved view from the top of the castle and the backstory on Black Beard and the materials the castle is made out of. Loved the self-guided tours through the different houses and the Rum Tasting Tour is excellent. 70 different types of rum you can try, some available in the U.S. some limited to the Virgin Islands some available only in surrounding like Trinidad and Tobago, and Barbados. I myself was able to get through 32 rums before the liquor took over, you can really taste and feel the difference between the Sweet stuff and the very well aged rum. I will definitely make sure this tour is on my list the next time I come to St. Thomas.
  • Probably one of the best things you can visit while you're here. $15 to get into the lot, and the panorama you can get at the top of the tower is worth it. The price also includes access to the historical buildings on the west side of 99-steps as well, which they don't tell you. The only room for improvement they have would just be increasing the quality of the guided tours, and of course letting you know what everything you're paying for includes.
  • Great views, you can soak in the pools and have a drink. We did the combo tour and got to taste 25+ types of rums...the pool was perfect to sober up. Lots of history as well!
  • Went here as part of a tour excursion on a cruise. Interesting. Not sure how tied to pirates the area is but the tower is very cool to climb and the they was great! All the way through the tour the guides were very knowledgeable about the buildings and their. History. They have a pool there that you can use if you want to.
  • Interesting story and views. The pirate museum and free rum tasting is pretty cool as well.

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