It could be said that Douglas is a transport buff's idea of heaven - steam trains pull out of the station on their way to Port Erin; the antique Electric Railway rattles up the hill to Laxey; open top horse drawn trams prod along the promenade; and then of course there's the famous TT and Manx Grand Prix motor bike races. Douglas Harbour is very well sheltered from the rigours of the Irish Sea and the first marina of sorts opened here in 2001. The limited scope of berths was improved in 2006 with the installation of a long fully serviced pontoon running down the middle of the Inner Harbour which provides 70 berths. The Inner Harbour is separated from the Outer Harbour by a sill water retention system and a lifting bridge and the marina is the main area for visiting leisure craft to berth but there are also berths in the Outer Harbour which are less dependent on the tides. A summer only pontoon is available for short periods at all states of tide at the Battery Pier (by No. 14 Berth) just inside the Princess Alexandra Pier. Its worth noting that the berthing rates on the Inner Harbour pontoon is inclusive of water and shore power, where as berths against the harbour wall are not and where the berthing rates are approximately half that of the pontoons.
Douglas in the only Manx port with dedicated passenger and car ferry services with makes it popular for yacht crews and visitors. The main thrust of the town is on the north side of the Inner Harbour where there are Banks, Post Offices, Chemists, Shops and Restaurants. Douglas is also a popular seaside resort which boasts a long sweeping promenade overlooking the bay with Victorian hotels and theatres which line the water front.