Port San Carlos and Cape Dolphin
At the end of the North Camp Road, the settlement of Port San Carlos is the gateway to Cape Dolphin, a wildlife-rich area that’s a long day’s excursion from Stanley. Its long white-sand beach and headlands are home to gentoo penguins, king and rock cormorants, and sea lions, while black-necked swans, grebes, and teal paddle its ponds.
A protected wildlife reserve, Cape Dolphin is irregularly open to the public—it’s best to go with a tour from town or at one of the farms. At Racepoint Farm (tel. 41012, jhjones [at] horizon [dot] co [dot] fk, £25 pp, two-person minimum) John and Michelle Jones offer self-catering accommodations, plus coastal tours for up to three persons for £100, as well as horseback rides for £20 per hour.
Ben Berntsen also provides self-catering at nearby Elephant Beach House (tel. 41020, benebf [at] horizon [dot] co [dot] fk, £20 pp for adults, £10 pp for kids age 5–10); meals, usually a roast with vegetables (£20), are also available. Camping costs £10 per person, while coastal tours are available for £100 per vehicle, with guide.
Getting to Port San Carlos and Cape Dolphin
From Stanley, Port San Carlos (commonly known as “KC” for the initials of founder Keith Cameron) is about two hours by road, but the overland track to the cape is slower.
© Wayne Bernhardson from Moon Argentina, 3rd edition