Reebok, Garden Route

Reebok is a little seaside village just outside Mossel Bay. It lies between Klein Brakrivier and Groot Brakrivier, one of a handful of beachside holiday hamlets east of Mossel Bay.

These towns tend to run into one another, functioning more as suburbs of Mossel Bay (they fall under the same municipality) than as separate towns. As such they are good alternatives for holidays, particularly if you want uncomplicated access to a remote beach.

To reach Reebok, take exit 401 off the N2, heading over the highway away from the Klipheuwel Padstal. At the t-junction part ways with the road to Klein Brakrivier driving through Fraaiuitsig before reaching Reebok.

Fraaiuitsig is rather interesting. The houses are predominantly wooden and many are on stilts; the elevation desirable for the 'view' (Fraaiuitsig when loosely translated means beautiful view) across the Klein Brakrivier valley, its hilly mounds a rather unusual landscape.

Reebok is not what you would describe as 'pretty'. It is not a fisherman's village with quaint whitewashed cottages. Many of the homes are characterless face brick (less maintenance) affairs. In complete contrast some are made from wood, and a couple are even painted in a style that evokes 'beachside cottage' rather than 'flashy double-storey by the sea'.

Historically Mossel Bay has functioned as a holiday town for inland farmers, and the tradition continues in places like Reebok, although if car number plates are anything to go by, visitors are from across the country.

What makes Reebok attractive is that it rests perched on a hill above the sea, allowing for sea views all round; it enjoys an unhurried pace of living (there is only a Spar in Fraaiuitsig as a distraction); the sound of the sea as it breaks on the shore is unceasing; and the kilometres of unoccupied sandy beach is at once inviting and calming.

Reebok's tidal pool is perfect for early morning swims and children, the beach, although not a swimming beach, is wonderful for walks and beachcombing, particularly given the numerous rock pools, and the wide pavement, edged with succulents, along the edge of the beach functions as a late afternoon promenade.

Just west of Reebok is Klein Brakrivier's beach and lagoon (good for swimming), and Mossel Bay is but 10 minutes' away for restaurants, shopping malls, coffee shops, antique stores, historical buildings, walks and Cape St Blaize lighthouse.

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