Eastern Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Sunshine Coast, Eastern Cape
Sunshine Coast is an apt description of a coastal belt beset with countless little villages, each offering access to beaches, rivers, lagoons and hiking trails that stretches between the Tsitsikamma and East London in the Eastern Cape.
As a destination the Sunshine Coast has had to do little to attract visitors. Its obviously glorious weather, the seaside-resorts of Kenton-on-Sea and Port Alfred - considered the heart of this stretch of coastline - St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, Jeffreys Bay and their access to warm waters, water sports, eco-walks, friendly locals, sheltered coves, rock pools and nature reserves, makes its attraction blatantly obvious.
Add to this the inland malaria-free ‘Big Five’ access on local game farms, and easy access to the Great Fish River, the Wild Coast and the Addo Elephant Park, and it is easy to understand why so many Capetonians head this way during their rather wet winters, and the rest of the country, as well as visitors to the Eastern Cape, make this their playground.
A major reason for heading for the Sunshine Coast is that despite its obvious attraction, it remains largely unspoiled and, for the most part, uncommercialised. A number of places around the world are called the Sunshine Coast - Queensland in Australia, Bay of Plenty in New Zealand; even Essex in the UK - but none of them manage to retain the quintessential sun-drenched essence without losing any of their quaintness quite the way the Sunshine Coast in the Eastern Cape does.
Popular Towns in the Sunshine Coast Region
Overnight? Accommodation Port Elizabeth
Known as the "Friendly City", Port Elizabeth is located on the south-eastern coast, 763 km east of Cape Town. A superb value-for-money holiday base, Port Elizabeth offers a diverse selection of attractions as a family-fun holiday destination including...
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Overnight? Accommodation in East London
A city that still manages to retain some of its old fashioned values blended with a dollop of laidback charm makes East London - the gateway to the wild coast and the sunshine coast and the only river port in South Africa - one of the most appealing...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Alexandria
Alexandria lies en route to Bushman’s River Mouth and Kenton-on-Sea just 50 kilometres from Port Alfred, roughly halfway between Durban and Cape Town. It is described as a friendly farming community that sustains itself from chicory...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Bathurst
Seeped in the history of the Eastern Cape's tumultuous past and personifying the essence of the brave and hardy English Settlers which while giving it a distinctly English rural feeling, it's beautiful indigenous trees such as the giant...
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Overnight? Accommodation Cannon Rocks
Cannon Rocks is a delightful seaside village situated on the Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape, South Africa. Nestled in between the Boknes Village and the boundary of the Greater Addo Elephant Park it has the vast expanse of the warm Indian Ocean...
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Cape St Francis
Stay? Accommodation Cape St Francis
The little village of Cape St Francis, just outside Humansdorp past St Francis Bay and Port St Francis, is all about its beautiful white, sandy beaches and historic Seal Point lighthouse, which has stood watch since the 1800s over these rocky shores...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Hamburg
Just south of the mouth of the Kieskamma River, the (very) small town of Hamburg lies on the coast between the popular coastal city of East London and the as popular beach resort town of Port Alfred. As such, Hamburg is often overlooked and...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Humansdorp
The peaceful village of Humansdorp has made it onto the map, so to speak, more as a gateway to the coastal villages of Jeffreys Bay and Cape St Francis (they are but 16 kilometres and 20 kilometres from the town respectively), than as a destination...
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Overnight? Accommodation Jeffreys Bay
Jeffreys Bay, or "J-Bay" as it is known to the locals, brings to mind surfing, sunshine and beautiful beaches - and you’d be right. Home to the Billabong Surfing Festival every July and rated among the ten best surfing spots in the world, surfers from...
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Kenton On Sea
Overnight? Accommodation Kenton On Sea
When you think of Kenton on Sea, you invoke a vision of beaches as far as the eye can see, unspoilt by time and consumerism, where two rivers meet and run into the Indian Ocean. Midway between Port Elizabeth and East London, Kenton On Sea is...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Kleinemonde
The Eastern Cape is one of the few parts of South Africa not yet spoilt by development and man’s need to place his stamp upon the world. Evening beach strolls in Kleinemonde are magical - the sand beneath your toes, the incredible effects of solitude...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mgwalana
Mgwalana River Mouth is situated about 48 kilometres from Port Alfred; a small (but growing) coastal town on the Eastern Cape coastline that has always boasted fabulous surfing waves. Mgwalana River Mouth is a large beach that is secluded from...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mpekweni
The little seaside resort of Mpekweni lies between the equally small villages of Hamburg and Seafield, roughly 70 kilometres south of East London. But it's close enough to Port Alfred that people with holiday homes here refer to it as Port...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Oyster Bay
As its name indicates, Oyster Bay is also a stronghold of one of the main efforts to conserve the African Oyster Catcher that makes the beaches here its home, and there is controlled use of 4x4 vehicles and noisy motorbikes along the beaches...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Port Alfred
Port Alfred, with its stretches of sandy beach that extend for miles, lies on the banks of the Kowie River. Port Alfred was established by a group of English settlers in the early 1800s and, although now an active commercial and residential town...
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St Francis Bay
Overnight? Accommodation St Francis Bay
Touted as the country’s answer to ‘little Venice’, St Francis Bay lies just 90 kilometres west of Port Elizabeth - a series of little man-made canals and waterways that lend themselves perfectly to boating, swimming and other water sports...
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Sunrise On Sea
Overnight? Accommodation Sunrise On Sea
Sunrise-On-Sea is an idyllic little town that may be quiet and tucked away, but certainly has no shortage of natural beauty all around it. It is situated in the Buffalo City Metropolitan Municipality, an administrative area that comprises...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Thornhill
Thornhill is situated amongst the rolling hills that characterise the farmlands and countryside of the Eastern Cape. So, while most of the local community is economically challenged, they enjoy spectacular surrounds, and often find work on...
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