Quaint coastal charm combines with legendary surf, sweeping sands, and attractions for all ages in St. Francis Bay. For years, visitors have descended on this popular South African destination, attracted to the refreshing pace of its small-town living. Whether you’re in search of some much-needed relaxation or looking for high adventure in the surrounding Baviaanskloof Mountains, you’ll find a comfortable home away from home in one of our St. Francis Bay vacation rentals.
Midway between the cities of Port Elizabeth and Knysna, our St. Francis Bay vacation homes lie in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Facing the Indian Ocean, St. Francis Bay is bordered by the Krom River to the north and Cape St. Francis to the south. The location offers a mild Mediterranean climate that’s perfect for exploring the area’s beaches, mountains, and coastal inlets any time of the year.
Warm Indian Ocean currents make swimming and sunbathing a popular pastime, especially on the Blue Flag Beach in nearby Cape St. Francis, while those seeking more active adventures can enjoy hikes on the Chokka Trail or Two Harbours Trail – both of which wind along the oceanfront and offer dramatic views of the rocky coastline.
On any given day, you can watch surfers ride the waves of such well-known breaks as Bruce’s Beauties, Seals, and Shark Point, or rent your own board from Surf Camp South Africa and test your mettle against the bay’s world-class waves. You might even decide to head over to Jeffrey’s Bay, another South African surfing mecca that lies just 20 miles up the coast.
The extensive canal system through town provides an excellent opportunity to explore by boat – either aboard your own or with a local tour – and admire the town’s unique black-and-white Tuscan-styled buildings.
Back on land, set a tee time for a full 18-holes of golf at the Jack Nicklaus-designed St. Francis Links, or stroll around the town’s historic sites, which include the Cape St. Francis Lighthouse and the maritime museum housed within.
Local tour companies will also get you set up with wildlife viewing adventures in regional wilderness areas like the Addo Elephant National Park, the Groendal Nature Reserve, and Tsitsikamma National Park - so don't forget that camera!
With unspoiled beaches, world-renowned water sports, and plenty of opportunities for adventure, St. Francis Bay will quickly become your new favorite vacation destination. Reserve one of our St. Francis Bay rentals today and start planning your unforgettable South African escape!
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