PLETTENBERG BAY AND SURROUNDSPlettenberg Bay is situated 230 km from Port Elizabeth and approximately 530 km from Cape Town. Plettenberg Bay is renowned for its unique marine reserves and is home to dolphins and seals. The beaches and rivers area water enthusiast's paradise. Plettenberg Bay offers the visitor plenty of night life, restaurants, pubs and an array of accommodation to suit all lifestyles.
After a rejuvenating sleep in your luxury accommodations, and a beautiful breakfast, you may want to set out and explore.
The Garden Route is a favoured all year round destination of many local and foreign visitors. The dramatic scenery, easy access by road and air and relaxed holiday atmosphere has a special attraction to busy city dwellers. The well developed towns offer all modern amenities, health care facilities and communications.
Plettenberg Bay has an unrivalled natural beauty and deserves its title as the jewel of the Garden Route.
Plett has four beautiful sandy beachesRobberg Beach
On the southern end of the bay seems to go on forever and is a great place to go for long walks away from the crowds.
This is superb for both swimming and tanning and also has some good waves for surfing or body boarding at 'the wedge' on the far end.
The third beach is known locally as Central Beach. Often the busiest beach in Plett. Life guards on duty in season. It's the launch site for Marine Safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours and facilities include restaurants, bars, public toilets and the local National Sea Rescue Station; 2 km / 2 minutes from Plett Central.
Look Out Beach
The fourth beach in Plett is Lookout Beach. Popular for swimming and surfing.
Shopping:Shopping malls and a variety of shops provide everything that is needed by holiday makers and shoppers, including clothing and speciality goods at several boutiques, arts, crafts, and antiques.
Restaurants:There are plenty of dining opportunities, from beach pubs, bistros and deli's to five star cuisine and award-winning a la carte menus. Foodies will find Italian, fresh seafood, steak and a variety of other choices on offer.
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Activities:The surroundings of Plettenberg Bay provide a playground for sports enthusiasts and the list of activities is almost endless. The lagoon and the bay itself are perfect for all sorts of watersports and activities including boat cruises and sailing, paddling, fishing, swimming and scuba diving, while the beaches allow for long solitary walks.
Between July and December the bay is home to Southern Right Whales that come to calve in the protected waters. The mountains and forests offer a variety of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and horse riders. There are thirteen polo grounds in and around Plettenberg Bay; the best known is at Kurland (20 minutes outside the town, heading towards Port Elizabeth) where major polo tournaments take place over Christmas and Easter.
Golf:In 2006 the Garden Route was named 2006 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa by the International Association for Golf Tour Operators (IAGTO). Golf tour operators from 38 countries vote for the IAGTO's Golf Destination of the Year awards.
Goose Valley Golf Estates
This is a superb Gary Player designed 18 hole course, voted number 1 in South Africa, on the banks of the Keurbooms Lagoon, with breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. The outstanding greens and fairways are a feature of this course, set amongst the indigenous "fynbos" with abundant wild life.
Plettenberg Bay Country Club
This highly rated undulating course, set in a proclaimed nature reserve in the Piesang Valley, has lush green fairways, a sweeping tree-line and new grass greens. Accuracy is essential for coping with the meandering Piesang River which flows through it. The magnificent 18-hole, 72-par layout is set in the most lovely of settings is rich in bird life and home to the strikingly beautiful Knysna Loerie. All greens and bunkers are to USGA specifications.