It’s that time of year, when soaring temperatures nudge up the mercury, ice-cream dribbles to your elbow, and chunky winter socks are swapped for beach flip-flops.
If you’re in or near Port Elizabeth this summer, here are some beaches worth visiting.
Known for its calm, rolling waves, flat 1.6km coastline and entertaining activities, King’s Beach is a favourite with locals and visitors. Putt-putt, a children’s playground and paddling pools for the youngest of the family are all in close proximity to King’s Beach.
The beach, one of South Africa’s Blue Flag beaches, has lifeguards on duty throughout the week, and the waves are calm enough for young children to splash around in.
If you’re on the hunt for food and more to do, make a stop at Splash Water World, hotels, guest houses and restaurants in the area.
Cape Recife Nature Reserve
Secluded, popular with birdwatchers and a regular dog-walking area, the Cape Recife Nature Reserve is home to one of the best beaches in Port Elizabeth. This is a good beach to walk along and take in the views of Port Elizabeth and surrounds. A prominent feature in the area is the towering black-and-white lighthouse that was built in 1851.
While in the area, take the kids to see the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, where you’ll learn more about conservation and the rehabilitation of marine animals.
Sardinia Bay Beach
Located around 15km from Port Elizabeth International Airport, Sardinia Bay Beach offers holidaymakers idyllic picnic spots and a coastline perfect for the avid walker.
Popular with the equestrian community and hikers, you’ll most likely see horses trotting and hear the tinkle of hiking gear while you enjoy a lazy day, sprawled on your beach towel.
By car, it’s accessible via Sardinia Bay Road and once there you may have to scale a dune or two in search of the perfect lounging location. The reward for your efforts? Insta-worthy sunsets!
This one is for the surfers and swimmers! Pollok Beach is a favourite surfing location for locals, and is known as the “Pipe” because of how excellent the surf is. Blue waters, light sands, surfboard under arm … what could be better?
Family or friends of wave-chasing surfers can swim and relax on the lawned area, or they can collect shells from the picturesque shoreline. If time permits, take the kids on a walk to find the rock pool, a natural water wonderland for the entire family.
Looking for white sands and warm waters to swim in this festive season? Hobie Beach is just what you need. On arrival at the Blue Flag beach, you’ll probably be greeted by the sight of tanning beachgoers, rubber ducks bobbing in the surf and the sound of jet skis skimming over the water. In clear sight from the beach is also the only pier in the city: Shark Rock Pier.