Not many historic sites can boast so many charms as the Blackbeard’s Castle on St. Thomas. The area’s centerpiece is an authentic castle tower built in the late 1600s by the Danes (who owned the islands at that time) to watch over the generous and coveted gateway to St. Thomas, the Charlotte Amalie Harbor. Called Skytsborg Tower (“sky tower”), the structure afforded the Danish guard a much higher vantage point to spot approaching enemy ships than the Fort Christian, which is at the sea level. How the tower came to be named for Edward “Blackbeard the Pirate” Teach is a mystery, but the tag remains to this day.
Currently, Blackbeard’s Castle offers sightseeing tours (including some finely restored historic homes), a poolside overlook with a view of the town and harbor, and a restaurant, for superb dining under the stars. The Restaurant at Blackbeard’s Castle is an absolute “do” whether you desire a romantic dinner, or an exceptional outing among friends and family.
The menu is varied to please, with an eclectic wine list to compliment the array of entrees. The backdrop of the ocean with the twinkling lights and sky make for quite a lot of elegance, but the atmosphere is always easy going. Don’t relax on the protocol, though! Because, while reservations are not required, The Restaurant at Blackbeard’s Castle is quite popular with residents, and it’s recommended that you call ahead, particularly if your party is large.
Musical entertainment is often available; we have enjoyed the sounds of popular band Flipswitch playing a blend of soul and standards, as well as crooner Dennis Frett on keyboards delivering smooth ballads and love songs. Open Wednesday – Saturday 4pm-9pm, The Restaurant at Blackbeard’s Castle provides quality dining that is as consistent as its staff is courteous and helpful. View The Restaurant at Blackbeard’s Castle menu and wine list, and find and follow them on Facebook and Twitter!
Pictured: Blackbeard’s Castle brochure, Tall refreshing mojito, Garlic Roasted Chicken entree, Dulce de Leche cheesecake