I would gladly live in the downtown area – everything is so old, you might think you’ve stepped inside a time machine. The food choices here are varied and ALL delicious. There are touristy shops of course and tours around the city that are pretty lame, but ignore all that and soak in the history. There is one good ghost tour that manages to not be lame – take the midnight one. Also, drive over the bridge of lions and find beaches, the lighthouse, health food stores, yoga studios, etc. There is also a health food store on the mainland about a five-seven minute drive from downtown (if you’re into that sorta thing, which I obviously am).
One could walk around all day and want to get up the next day and do it again. Go to the Pirate Haus hostel if you’re looking for a place to stay – it’s cheap and the owner, Conrad is a trip. They will treat you right, it’s clean, and you never know who will be cooking what in the kitchen for everyone to share. Pancake breakfasts are good incentive to stay, too ;)
If you go, do go to the tavern that sings sea chantys on Thursdays. You’ll know the tavern when you walk by – it looks like a tavern and even the drinks are served in tavern-style mugs and you often see people dressed in period style clothing there, too.over 6 years ago