Without even thinking about it, when anyone mentions the ocean and beaches in South Africa, does the Eastern Cape pop into your head? Many of us consider Durban and Cape Town as the main places to go to experience the best that the coast has to offer. Well, we couldn’t be more wrong. Here are some great beaches in the Eastern Cape.
Jeffreys Bay is one of the best surfing destinations in the world and attracts tourists from all over because of its great weather and “one of the best right-hand point breaks on the planet. CNN Travel voted it as number two in the world's 50 best surf spots in 2013.
This beach town offers a range of water adventure activities – from bodyboarding, kitesurfing, windsurfing and sailing to snorkelling and scuba-diving, there is a thrill for every adventure junkie.
Dolphin Beach has Blue Flag status (an international accreditation for environmental and quality standards), and with its endless waves and extended white sands, it is the perfect spot to relax and take in the wonders of nature.
And if the weather’s not to your liking, or you fancy a day away from the beach, J-Bay, as it’s popularly known, also provides access to surrounding nature reserves and game parks such as Noorsekloof Nature Reserve, African Dawn Wildlife Sanctuary, Addo Elephant National Park, the Baviaanskloof Mega Reserve and the Garden Route National Park.
There are also surf shops and museums that tourists can visit, as well as a great selection of restaurants and a flourishing crafts industry.
Port Alfred, which lies between Port Elizabeth and East London, has a lot to offer visitors, including a day in the sun at the gorgeous Kelly's Beach, which is one of the country’s international Blue Flag beaches.
The nearby Royal Port Alfred Golf Club is a captivating old-fashioned course with native bush, wildlife and amazing sea views – a great place for golfers and golf lovers to spend the day.
The Three Sisters Horse Trails, about 15km outside of Port Alfred, offers horse rides along the dunes, secluded beaches and on a cattle farm, as well as hiking trails. Beginners, advanced riders and children are catered for.
Gonubie Beach, about 20km from East London, is a hidden treasure. This captivating beach can be accessed from a 500m boardwalk that gives visitors a spectacular view of the ocean – if you’re re lucky you might spot some whales or dolphins. At the end of the boardwalk there is a smashing tidal pool. This is another great spot for surfing and windsurfing.
The Gonubie River estuary is the perfect spot for kids to play and enjoy exploring fish and beautiful seashells. This makes it a family-friendly spot that is great for holidays and weekend getaways.
Take a dive into the Eastern Cape and enjoy its endless sunshine and beautiful beaches.
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