OMG, every part of this island the views are breathtaking So much history on this island. I did this two times
About 99 Steps
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It was an older part of town. Would recommend seeing. Found it to be near some of the older churches, Bluebeard's monument area, and some of the historical older buildings in town. The steps were not that difficult to climb. Worth the visit.
My daughter wanted to go to Blackbeard's Castle. We winged it at first and then followed Waze to find it. We climbed the back 99 steps to get there. It was closed. (once open 2 days a week). We walked down the front 99 steps...More
If you're taking Blackbeards Castle then it wouldn't be strenuous because it'll be downhill since the castle is on top of the hill. 99 steps is within the vicinity/compound of historic homes you'll be passing as you take Blackbeard's Castle tour.
Beautiful views walking down the 99 steps to the main street - across from the bay!!! Recommend wearing sneakers and leave the purse at home!! Just bring ID and money for shopping/eating.
The hike was not difficult (I'm 60, in decent shape) and the views are worth every step. I enjoyed the statues of the Three Queens, former slaves who led a revolt.