In the old days of Imperial Empires and the early colonization of the Caribbean, tall ships would set their ballasts with huge stones and offload them when filling up with spices and other exotic Caribbean goods, leaving the stones as a reminder of their visit. Intrepid residents of Charlotte Amalie in St Thomas have since decided to use these stones as a stairway up the city’s hills, which serves to remind residents of their colonial roots. 

What makes the 99 Steps (there are actually 103; 99 Steps has a better ring to it) an attraction, however, is the lush foliage on either side of the stairway and the spectacular view from high atop the mountain once you make the climb. At the top you'll see Black Beard’s Castle. Innovative explorers have learned that a cab can be taken up to the top to avoid walking up 103 stairs. It’s easy, however, to take the 99 Steps downward at a leisurely pace.

Practical Info

99 Steps is located in the town of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas and is free for all.

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St Thomas Bike Rental

Explore Charlotte Amalie and its outskirts the best way — on a bicycle! With this full-day bike rental in St Thomas, you can take a leisurely ride along the ...  Read more

Location: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Duration: Varies

From USD $22.50

St Thomas Waterfront Running Tour

Wake up in St Thomas with a running tour along the beautiful waterfront. With a local guide, run 3.1 miles (5 km) round-trip from Havensight to Charlotte ...  Read more

Location: St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $49.99

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