Area Info - St Francis Bay

St Francis Bay, first discovered by Portuguese sailors in 1575 and named after the Patron Saint of Sailors, is situated only an hour's drive from Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa. This unique and exclusive paradise on South Africa's Kouga Coast draws holiday-makers from all over the world to enjoy the glorious beaches lapped by the warm Indian Ocean, excellent water-sport facilities, a leisurely lifestyle and the magical beauty of its unspoilt surroundings.

This magnificent up-market village is unique in that the architecture with its aesthetic uniformity blends harmoniously with the green of the indigenous heritage which surrounds it. The Kromme River, some days like a living mirror, is navigable for 8 kilometers and is the favourite of many a fisherman and sailing enthusiast. It twists and winds its way down to a man made tidal canal system lined with charming white-walled homes with thatched roofs, offering residents and holiday makers an exotic marina lifestyle.

The Marina & Village gives way to Santareme, sporting the crisp and clean lines of Mediterranean style homes. Then there is the exclusive Otter's Landing with its sweeping custom-built Tuscan architecture. Don't forget the luxury apartments, encircling the turquoise waters, at Port St Francis. These varied architectural styles combine to make St Francis as unique as it is attractive.

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Emphasis is on outdoor life, with the fresh sea air, sunshine and unspoilt surroundings. There are walks and trails, acres of fynbos and wild flowers. With its sheltered waters in the river and the bay, St Francis Bay is truly a paradise for water-sport enthusiasts. Windsurfing, kite surfing, water skiing, snorkelling, swimming, sunbathing, exploring the canals by canoe and diving are only a few of the activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family. The beaches epitomize perfection. St Francis Bay is home to Bruce's Beauties, one of the worlds best known surf breaks, featured in the 1960's film .Endless Summer.. Deep sea-, river-, surf- and rock fishing are all exciting possibilities with many "good eating" and game fish.

For land-based activities there are two Golf Courses, one which was designed by Jack Nicklaus himself. One can take a leisurely horseback ride along the pristine beaches of the bay, or through the hills colourfully clothed in rare Cape coastal fynbos. There are active bowls, squash and tennis clubs. You'll never run out of opportunities to enjoy St Francis Bay. St Francis also plays host to some of the most fun filled activities such as the popular Calamari Festival during late September and the Port St Francis Triathlon in December.

In the distance lies the informal village of Cape St Francis with its historical lighthouse and 15km's to the west, Oyster Bay. The lighthouse was built in 1878 to warn ships of the dangerous reefs that stretch more than a kilometre out to sea. It is the tallest masonry tower on the South African coast, standing at a height of 27.5 meters and is now a National Monument.

St Francis has a Mediterranean climate with generally mild temperatures ranging from 12°C in winter to 30°C in summer. Those fortunate to enough to stay in St Francis will testify to the extraordinary sunsetsand equally invigorating sunrises. It is this harmony with nature that makes St Francis extra special.

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