Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsBoardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex
Port Elizabeth is the main town of Nelson Mandela Bay, and is frequented every year by South African and international visitors that want to bask in the sunshine on the many excellent beaches along its serene coastline. However, another feature of Port Elizabeth’s beachfront in Summerstrand is the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex.
This complex is a veritable hotspot for shopaholics, hungry patrons, young ones, parents, and those hoping to cash in on their luck at the casino. The shops range from surf shops with plenty of acclaimed labels to boutiques and speciality stores. However, there are no national franchises, so buyers are assured of a unique retail experience. There is also an undercover African craft market, brimming with mementoes, keepsakes, clothing, and goods for the home; all with the unmistakable touch of African chic.
Eateries range from franchised take-aways and food stalls to gourmet restaurants with top-class dishes. Family favourites include Spur, Dulcé Café, Steers, and Waka Berry. For those wanting something a little more special, Squires or Yi Pin are always popular options. In addition, there are coffee shops, a sports bar and a News Café, where cocktails and snack platters are the order of the day. At times, the News Café may host musicians or DJs, inviting patrons to dance the night away.
In terms of entertainment, the Boardwalk has a number of movie houses showing the latest releases. There is also a game arcade for younger ones, which has an abundance of games and activities with great prizes. There are also fun rides throughout the complex – some of which will get the heart racing, while others are suitable for even very little ones. Putt-putt, tenpin bowling and go-karting are just some of these.
Music concerts and other performances are frequently held in the Vodacom Amphitheatre at the Boardwalk, or on the floating stage in the water. Modern lighting techniques on the water create a trendy vibe, and families and friends are invited to relax at one of the water-side restaurants and enjoy the show – whether a formal performance or the laser lights that have become a regular feature.
Events, conferences, expos and exhibitions are often held at the Boardwalk, thanks to its modern facilities and efficient service. These events range from cycling competitions to weddings and corporate galas, testifying to the flexibility and scope of this venue.
The casino boasts an impressive 24 tables and 900 slot machines, all set within elegant surrounds. There are designated smoking areas, as well as snacks and drinks available. The casino has ATMs and banking facilities, and the ablution facilities are stylish and well maintained. Patrons are reminded that gambling should always be done in a responsible way.
Thanks to its convenient locale, the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment Complex is close to Shark Rock Pier, the beachfront stalls, South End Museum, and some of the best surfing and swimming spots on the Eastern Cape shoreline. Addo Elephant National Park is about an hour’s drive away, as are a number of other popular game reserves and tourist attractions.