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99 Steps
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Owner description: Step streets used by the residents of Charlotte Amalie, these historical 99 steps (the actual count is 103) were built from the ballast bricks of the tall ships coming from the old world, which would then return to Europe loaded with products from the islands.
Reviewed September 25, 2011

We did a walking Tour down the 99 steps after visiting Blackbeard’s Castle. From the pier we took a taxi up to the castle, which cost us $5 each. We visited the houses built in the1800’s, the hotel and the amber museum. These steps were built in the mid 1700s, by the Danes, who found streets of steps to be the easiest way to climb up and down the steep hills of Charlotte Amalie. (The 99 steps are actually 103 steps). It was 90 degrees that day and very humid, so we enjoyed the refuge of the cool buildings and the breezes. At the end of the steps is Main Street and if you turn right it takes you directly to the shopping areas.

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Reviewed August 26, 2011

do in daylight hours only.I would not walk to town after dark alone

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Reviewed September 2, 2010

Being that Blackbeard's Castle was closed, so was everything else. But we did walk down and back up the steps just to say we did it. The flowers are very pretty and it did have great views , but just make sure Blackbeard's Castle is open if you want the full effect! (which we didn't get), but still worth doing.

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Reviewed November 25, 2009

What I liked most about the 99 steps is the history. Sailing ships coming to St. Thomas usually traveled empty. For better sailing, bricks were loaded into the hulls for ballast. Upon arriving at St. Thomas the ballast bricks were removed. What to do with all of the bricks? Build walls and stairs. We followed the "yellow brick road" from the top of the steps to the bottom. Along the way, there was a tour of the Haagensen house down to the Caribbean World Amber Museum (and a statue in the courtyard that looked alot like pirate Jack Sparrow!). The steps end at the shopping area.

5  Thank Casurfer58
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Reviewed June 4, 2009

We very much enjoyed the surrounding area of the 99 steps. And there is a lot of beautiful flowers going up/down the steps. We took a walking tour http://www.frommers.com/destinations/stthomasusvi/0097010008.html (we went backwards though, because we came from the ferry station) which lead us to the 99 steps and many other sights. There are beautiful views from the top of the stairs. (Someone told us you're high up enough to see Puerto Rico?)

P.S. - I'm not in super-great physical condition, but this was no problem!! If you are worried about going up 99 steps, just take breaks along the way and admire the view and flowers.

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