St Francis Bay is the Eastern Gateway to the Garden Route. A mere 1 hour and 30 minutes drive from Port Elizabeth takes you to one of the most sought after upmarket holiday destinations in South Africa.
Unspoiled beaches, a rugged coastline, a river linked to a unique canal system, moving sand dunes too high to conquer, natural coastal forests and nature reserves with numerous footpaths through unique fynbos species all await holiday makers and visitors from around the world to its hidden treasures.
The “old village” of St Francis Bay boasts a unique building style, where black roofs and white walled homes surround a man made canal system similar to that in Venice offering residents and holiday makers an exotic marina lifestyle whereas the “new village” Santareme is a Mediterranean type Tuscan style.
The Kromme River stretches about 10km from the sea, can be navigated by leisure boat or canoe. Nature lovers and sportsmen alike have plenty to choose from, enjoying over 50 different sporting codes – from surfing and fishing, tennis and squash, kite boarding, wind surfing and paddling to trail running and mountain biking, plus who can resist two world class golf courses. The Links a Jack Nicklaus signature course or The Bay that runs through the town.
Port St Francis has a unique charm. Squid (chokka), hake and pilchard vessels berth on one side of the harbour and deep sea fishing boats and yachts are moored safely between luxurious residential units on water’s edge. Whale watching trips as well as bay cruises depart from here.
Cape St Francis has a beautiful pristine beach, various protected nature areas with hiking trails . Home to SANCCOB; a penguin and marine bird rehabilitation centre which is situated next to the century old masonry lighthouse. The waves offer some of the finest surfing in the world and host to the Billabong Junior Pro Competitions.
The region boasts a temperate climate with summers ranging from 25 C to 35 C between the months of October and April. Days are gloriously long with the sun only setting at approximately 19:30 and during winter, days are generally cool with evenings being slightly chilly.