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Beaches of Plettenberg Bay

Beaches of Plettenberg Bay

In a country known for magnificent beaches, Plettenburg Bay, or "Plet" as it's called by locals, has some of the countries' most beautiful. Plet is also South Africa's glitziest beach resort.

Located along South Africa's spectactular Garden Route on the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, Plet boasts soft, golden sand beaches that stretch over many kilometers and beckon as far as the eye can see, curving around to form what the Portuguese called "Bahia Formosa" (Beautiful Bay). Three rivers run into the sea here, the most spectacular of which—the Keurbooms—backs up to form a large lagoon.

Built across the side of a steep hill above the sea, the town has views that will astonish you. The setting is spectacularly beautiful with a rare combination of mountains, miles of white sand beaches and beautiful waters. Whales and dolphins are frequent visitors to the bay, and they are often visible from Plet¹s many vantage points.

For activities, Plet has golf, hiking, mountain biking, scuba diving, canoeing, surfing, sailing and horse riding as well as a somewhat active night life with some terrific restaurants and a few bars.

Plet boasts:
  • Sweeping, unspoiled golden beaches,
  • a dramatic rocky peninsula,
  • intriguing lagoons and estuaries,
  • towering indigenous forestry,
  • unpolluted beaches,
  • beautiful sites to view the crashing waves of the Indian Ocean,
  • all wrapped in an exceptional year-round climate

    "With an idyllic setting, white sandy beaches, up-market hotels, and facilities for all water sports, it's not surprising that this popular holiday resort ranks with the best in the world. "

The Main Beaches

Each of the following beaches is magnficent in its own right and each has something special to offer. All though have beautiful golden sands and wonderful surf. During the summer months, the beaches in Plett are usually packed full of people, families and cool surfers.

Lookout Beach
Lookout Beach is the busiest of the beaches though it is relatively untouched by development. You wont find high rises, or houses in behind you. The beach runs for miles and there is always plenty of room to stretch out.

Beacon Isle or Central Beach
Central Beach is more the "family beach" - safe swimming for the little ones but also very busy. The sand here is wonderful and the surf here tends to be calmer than on the other 2 beaches. There is plenty of shallow water for kids to play in safely.

Robberg Beach
Robberg Beach is a 4,5 km stretch of white beach between the Beacon Isle Hotel and the Robberg Nature reserve. This is the beach for people who love jogging, solitude and long walks lookind for shells. This is also the beach where you are likely to see Dolphins surfing the breaking waves. Looking up from the beach, you will see some of Plets fanciest vacation homes.

Other Things to See and Explore:

The Robberg Peninsula - juts into the Indican ocean and is a hike that no lover of the outdoors should miss There are three circular trails through the nature reserve where one can enjoy a wealth of archaeological material and frequent sightings of dolphins and whale. You will enjoy sweeping views across the bay and from high above you will be able to look down into the clear blue waters of the Indian below. A hike to what is known as the Point s is Robberg's untamed beauty at its best.

The Garden Route: Plet is located along South Africa's Garden Route. Extending along the southern Cape coast from near Heidelberg, eastwards to Storms River in the Tsitsikamma Forest, the Garden Route is graced with enough natural wonders and outdoor activities to entice any couch potato away from the television set. Golden beaches and lakes, indigenous forests and lagoons, link the quiet towns along this coastline of unparalleled beauty.

A journey along this coast is incomplete without a visit to the Tsitsikamma National Park and Storms River Mouth. The Tsitsikamma National Park extends five kilometres out to sea, protecting the water wonderland of reef and fish. Dolphins are often spotted in the surf and every winter, the southern right whales come inshore to breed.

Even the whales like Plett.

Every year the whales return to Plett which makes the winter in Plett equally as special. Plett is graced with two nature reserves the Robberg and Keurbooms river the later one can camp on.

Plettenberg Bay is rich in natural attractions. It also offers a host of exciting outdoor activities as well as interesting shops, arts and crafts and excellent restaurants. Stay an extra day and enjoy the following:

  • Whale and dolphin watching tours around the Bay
  • A selection of world class golf courses
  • Horse riding, cycling and mountain biking tours in picturesque surroundings
  • Scuba and skin diving close to the beach
  • Safe swimming for the whole family at several popular beaches, or splash in the waves right in front of Southern Cross
  • Surfing the waves at Main beach
  • Gliding trips over the Bay
  • Deep sea fishing or catching the 'big one' off Robberg's rocks
  • Canoe and Ferry trips up the Keurbooms River
  • Guided tours around the Robberg Nature Reserve
  • Visit Monkeyland and the Elephant Park
  • Black water tubing down the Storms River
  • Hike the famous Otter and Tsitsikamma trails
  • Bungi Jumping - 216m - the highest in the world!
  • Hazy, lazy sun drenched golden days on some of the finest beaches in the world!