Why go to Stanley?
See five species of penguins while checking a remote locale off your bucket list
High winds and rough seas can easily cancel your port call; island still has unexploded land mines
Though Stanley doesn't offer a ton of activities, it's worth a visit for the bragging rights
Stanley Cruise Port Facilities?
The Visitor's Centre is directly across from the tender dock; inside are international telephones and internet stations, as well as maps and access to island tours. There are also several shops within a few steps of the dock, and a pub, the Globe Tavern, located less than a block away.
Good to Know?
The weather. Falkland islanders may boast their climate is milder than you might expect, but it can get windy, cold, and wet -- very quickly. Be prepared for four seasons in one day and don't get caught without waterproofs or you could soon be scurrying back to the ship. Look out for lamb -- in sandwiches or roast lunches. If you're eating ashore, then eat local rather than running up food miles with the frozen meals lined up in Stanley's busy West Store supermarket.
On Foot: The town of Stanley is easily walkable. Free maps and guides are available from the visitor centre in a number of languages. There are several shops and cafes within yards, and a stroll along Ross Road takes visitors to the cathedral and further to the Standard Chartered Bank. On the promenade is displayed the mizzen mast from Isambard Kingdom Brunel's steamship Great Britain, which from 1845 to 1854 was the longest passenger ship in the world. The ship ended its working life when it was scuttled in the Falklands in 1937. It was rescued in 1970 and is now a tourist attraction in Bristol, England.
Taxis: are available from the visitor centre; a tour of Stanley and a short way out of town costs about £20 ($30).
Currency & Best Way to Get Money?
The Falklands pound is on a par with U.K. sterling. Souvenir shops and cafes accept pounds and dollars. Credit cards are accepted by most establishments in Stanley, although rarely outside the town.
Resolutely English. There's one red telephone box on the jetty and more at the post office; motorists drive on the left.