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Blackbeard's Castle

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Address: 1001 Blackbeard's Hill, Charlotte Amalie 00802, St. Thomas
Phone Number: 340-776-1234
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Description: Once the 17th-century Fort Skytsborg, Blackbeard’s Castle was re-named for...
Once the 17th-century Fort Skytsborg, Blackbeard’s Castle was re-named for the pirate who frequently visited the island.
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Guess the best term is "has potential"

Based on on-line info, selected this hotel for the location and history. Was not disappointed in either case. The views over the harbor of Charlotte Amalie were great. Would have... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed March 3, 2015
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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Punta Gorda, Florida
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Based on on-line info, selected this hotel for the location and history. Was not disappointed in either case. The views over the harbor of Charlotte Amalie were great. Would have enjoyed a meal and after dinner drinks to truly enjoy the views and relax after a long day of traveling. However, since the hotel is for sale, the restaurant and... More 

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Belton, Texas, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

The food was excellent and the service was very very good. The food was really great and the deserts were to die for.

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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

Our friends stayed here and there are only about 3 staff members working, no other visitors. Had the place to themselves, up on the hill and the restaurant is not operating. You don't want to spend the $$ on cabs to go downtown unless your staying more than one night. Bummer, hope someone buys it soon and gets the whole... More 

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Valatie, New York, United States
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

First, Blackbeard's Castle has VERY limited hours, before you climb the steps or take a taxi there, make sure they are open. I have a photo attached to the review of their hours in early February My wife and I loved this place. It starts with a story teller relating the story of Blackbeard's life and legend and death. This... More 

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Andover, Massachusetts
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

interesting and fun to go to for all ages, easy access and inexpensive and has great views of the ocean

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Dartmouth, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

The pirate who met our group gave a very interesting and informative history lesson on the castle and Blackbeard. Glad we went.

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Niagara Falls
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Somewhat deceiving, as it is not a castle at all but only a storage tower built by the Dutch the year before Blackbeard was even born. In fact, according to the tour guide, Blackbeard "...may have visited it". The actor who presents the talk about Blackbeard in front of the tower was excellent and very informative. The 99 steps tour... More 

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Columbus, Georgia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Not a big Castle but charming. Wasn't that impressed-would I go back-no. But I do think you must go at least one time to see what it's all about. It does have some great views.

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Poolesville, MD
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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

As you enter Blackbeard's castle, you can walk to the top of the circular staircase and view the city. It's a beautiful vantage point of Charlotte Amalie, though it only holds a maximum of eight people at one time. It's not a large castle by any means, but it's old and historic, which adds to its charm. There was a... More 

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Annapolis, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The pirate who gave the talk was terrific. ..very informative and fun presentation. The view from the tower was great

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