Port Said was built in 1860 as the northern entrance to the Suez Canal. Much of the city is on an island connected to the mainland by a bridge to the south and a causeway to the west. Banks and other important services are either on Palestine Street, which runs along the canal, or on Al-Gomhurriya Street, a couple of blocks inland. Food and duty-free goods can be ordered and delivered directly to yachts moored at Port Said Yacht Club and awaiting passage through the canal. Yachts should not try
to enter at night, as the high levels of commercial shipping make approaching the port a danger.