Getting there & around
The two main roads through Southampton are Middle Rd, which runs along Little Sound, and South Rd, which runs past the beaches and hotels on the south shore.
Middle Rd is served by bus No 8 and South Rd is served by bus No 7. The service along either route runs once every 15 minutes during the day and about once every 30 minutes in the evening and on Sunday. It takes about 30 minutes to reach either the Royal Naval Dockyard ($4.50) or the City of Hamilton ($3). If you're going to Hamilton for dinner, keep in mind that the last No 7 bus leaves Hamilton at 9:15pm (6pm Sunday), and the last No 8 bus departs at 11:45pm (10:45pm Sunday).
South Rd merges with Middle Rd about midway in the parish at a spot called Barnes Corner. Note that a number of buses terminate at Barnes Corner, so if you're going any further west, make sure you take a bus that's marked 'Dockyard' or 'Somerset.' Things are simple if you're heading east, as all No 7 and 8 buses terminate in the City of Hamilton.
In an effort to relieve vehicle congestion on the roads, the government has instituted a high-speed commuter ferry service between Southampton and the City of Hamilton. Not surprisingly, the schedule is busiest during commuter hours, from 7am to 9am and 5pm to 7pm Monday to Friday, when sailings take place every 30 minutes.
The ferry - called the Rockaway Express, or the Green Route - takes just 20 minutes and costs $4 one way. On Saturday there are half a dozen sailings between 8am and 5:30pm from Hamilton and 8:25am and 6pm from Rockaway. There is no service on Sunday.
Bicycle rentals are available from Oleander Cycles (234-0629; Middle Rd), just north of the Port Royal Golf Course.