Port of Call Stanley, The Falkland Islands

Stanley the Capital of the Falkland Islands

Growing in popularity with cruise ships the Falklands are located over a thousand miles east of Argentina. The capital is Stanley which happens to be home to a majority of the three-thousand residents of the islands. The big attraction is the wild life with some of the worlds biggest concentrations of penguins along with seals and sea lions coming here to breed and raise their young. It is becoming a frequent stop for cruise ships visiting Antarctica.

Where Your Ship Docks

Stanley is located on a large natural double harbor. Unfortunately the docking facilities cannot accommodate most cruise ships so for almost everyone it is a tender port. The larger ships will most likely anchor in the outer harbor while the smaller ones can anchor closer to the towns boat landing.

There are no facilities right at the landing but there are restrooms at the visitors center only a block away.

Transportation

Stanley is a very small town and there is little in the way of public transportation offered. Most visitors usually book tours out to see the wildlife. There are also local tours offered to visit battlefield sites and see the town.

Money

Oddly the Falklands have their own version of the British Pound which probably cannot be exchanged outside of the Falkland Islands. The British government even warns visiting Brits to change it back before coming home. There are also no currency exchanges or ATMs in town. Fortunately many of the businesses in town will take Pounds, Euros, and US Dollars and we arranged with our guide ahead of the visit to pay with US Dollars.

Attractions

As already noted, the big attraction here is the wildlife and taking a tour is highly recommended. You will also hear a lot about “the war” from the locals and there are a number of sites to visit. In town is a really nice Falklands National Museum and Christ Church Cathedral with a arch out front made of whale bones.

A Note of Caution – The Falklands were the focus of a war between Great Britain and Argentina in 1984. When the Argentine military seized the islands they installed over 30,000 land mines along stretches of the coast to stop the British from landing (it was useless). There is still an ongoing project to remove the mines and any marked areas extremely dangerous and should be respected.

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