Prior to the construction of the Panama Canal, Stanley was a major repair stop for boats traveling through the Straits of Magellan. The rough waters and intense storms found at the tip of the continent forced many ships to Stanley Harbour, and the ship repair industry helped to drive the island economy. Later, support for the Antarctic sealing and whaling boats became a major industry. Today, the vast majority of the town's residents are employed by the government, with tourism also being a major source of employment; on days when two or more large cruise ships dock in the town tourists may outnumber the local residents.
Arrivals to Stanley either come by boat or from the airport. Most large cruise ships will dock near the center of town and allow passengers time to roam the city and possibly take trips by vehicle to nearby wildlife sites. When arriving by air, passengers will come in from Mount Pleasant airport, which is located 56 km from town. Taxis and a shuttle bus can drop passengers off anywhere within the town. The smaller airport located just outside of town is used for domestic flights, although it is possible to land on an international flight at Mount Pleasant airport and then take a domestic flight to Stanley.
Globe Tavern, Crozier Place, ☎ 22703. Located one block up the hill from the public jetty, offering beers as well as pub food such as fish and chips. Ask to meet all the lovely ladies that often pop in, and also go for the Karaoke on a Sunday night which is always good fun.
Victory Bar, 1A Philomel Hill, ☎ 21199. Beer as well as hot food.
Compared with nearby South America lodging in Stanley can be quite expensive. If you are on a strict budget inquire about pitching a tent; if allowed by the land owner the costs are often considerably less than paying for a room.
Kay McCallum's B&B, 14 Drury Street, ☎ +500 21071 (email@example.com), . Clean and cozy, and Kay is very helpful with travel information and arrangements. As of November 2004 costs were £18 per night for a bed and breakfast. Camping was available for £5 per tent, with an additional charge of £2.50 for breakfast and use of the bathroom.
Malvina House Hotel, 3 Ross Road (across the street from Government Jetty), ☎ +500 21355 / 21356 (firstname.lastname@example.org), . Top-end accommodation including sauna room. Accepts credit cards.Rates vary by season and room type with prices from £37 to £128.00.
Due to lingering tensions from the 1982 war with Argentina, Spanish-speakers should avoid using Spanish names for places (for example "Puerto Argentino" or "Islas Malvinas"), as doing so will undoubtedly be offensive to those who lived through that event.