5 Reasons to Visit SA’s Hidden Gem, St Francis Bay


St Francis Bay lies an hour’s drive from the city of Port Elizabeth on South Africa’s east coast.  Forming part of the Garden Route, this seaside village offers magnificent beaches, excellent water-sports and incredible beauty of unspoiled surrounds.

Here are our top 5 reasons to make St Francis Bay your next holiday stop.

Surfers Paradise & Adventurists Utopia


If there’s one thing that St Francis Bay is world-renowned for, it’s the incredible surfing action on offer.  The well-rounded surfer can enjoy the consistent swells of the warm Indian Ocean while surfing lessons are available to those still getting to know the sport

Various water sports are on offer for the general adventurist including fishing, boating, paddling, kite- and windsurfing, waterskiing and jet-skiing.  The canal system offers an exotic marina lifestyle, fishing off one’s own jetty, swimming or exploring the canals with a canoe or SUP.  Linked to the Kromme River, the canals are navigable for 10km, with access to the ocean through the Kromme River Mouth.  A true paradise for the adventurer at heart.


Magnificent Wildlife, Hiking, and Biking

Wildlife and outdoors enthusiasts can enjoy walking trails along the coast, either to the beautiful beach and historic lighthouse of Seal Point, or through the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve.  Opportunities for incredible bird and wildlife-spotting are endless with over 200 bird species recorded in the area including the rare African oystercatcher and fish eagle, and the Cape clawless otter, frolicking in the waves and rock pools at Otters Landing.

Whales and dolphins can be spotted from May to late October in the Bay.  Besides magnificent hiking and biking trails, canal and river cruises are another enthralling way to discover the wildlife offered in the region as well as game drives at  Lombardi Game Farm which is home to giraffe, rhino and zebra to name but a few.



Home to a commercial and a recreational harbour as well as a sheltered harbour resort village, St Francis Bay is the perfect spot for sailing.  The port lies in a sheltered nook of the bay and provides safe anchorage for boats, pleasure craft, and oceangoing yachts.


With a vast untouched beach stretching for kilometers along the curve of the land, St Francis Bay offers a retreat of relaxation and a leisurely lifestyle in the magical beauty of natural and pristine surroundings.

Old Town Charm

White painted homes which black thatch or tiled roofs are the epitome of St Francis charm.  The rustic fishing village of Cape St Francis lies adjacent to St Francis Bay echoing the Mediterranean building style along the waterways.  An eighteen-hole golf course makes for relaxing summer days on the greens and the towns charm provides an inviting haven to enjoy fresh seafood and quaint boutique stores.

With so much on offer for every type of holidaymaker, St Francis Bay should definitely top your next holiday destination list!

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