The Sunshine Coast is a beautiful coastal belt in the Eastern Cape that stretches between St Francis Bay and East London. Aptly named because it enjoys the longest hours of sunshine on South Africa’s coast, this uncommercialised region offers an array of attractions. Beautiful beaches, abundant wildlife, historical sites, and exciting adventure activities make it a sought after holiday destination for all. Book your Sunshine Coast accommodation below.
Countless small villages are scattered along the coastline, all with access to unspoiled beaches with warm Indian Ocean waters, sheltered coves, and rock pools. Villages like Kenton-on-Sea, Port Alfred, St Francis Bay, Cape St Francis, and Jeffrey’s Bay are not only bordered by an exquisite coastline, but also by nature reserves with hiking and mountain biking trails; making the Sunshine Coast an obvious choice for a nature getaway. A number of eco-tourism establishments have sprung up to accommodate travellers. Just a little further inland lie a number of malaria-free Big 5 game farms offering authentic African safaris. The Sunshine Coast also has easy access to the Wild Coast, Addo Elephant Park, and the Great Fish River.
The Eastern Cape is fondly known as the “Adventure Provinceâ€, because of its exciting range of outdoor activities, and the Sunshine Coast lives up to the title. Get your adrenaline going with shark cage diving, bungee jumping, hiking, abseiling, mountain biking, river rafting, and more.
While Jeffrey’s Bay is a world-renowned surfing hot spot, East London is home to the Ironman South Africa Triathlon and has long been known as the water sports mecca of South Africa. Other attractions include the Lion Park, aquarium, “border warâ€ battle sites, and East London Museum where you can see the world’s only dodo egg as well as a specimen of Coelacanth (a prehistoric fish thought to be extinct, but was discovered alive at the nearby Chalumna Mouth in 1938).
Steeped in history with a diversity of places to visit, the Sunshine Coast is home to many ethnic cultures and offers a splendid array of arts and crafts. Port Elizabeth has an excellent collection of museums, memorials, flea markets, nature reserves, and golf courses. The city also boasts some of South Africa’s most beautiful blue-flag beaches ideal for a variety of water sports. Don’t miss out on spectacular sunset cruises and dolphin and whale watching tours from Port Elizabeth harbour.
Enjoy a sunny holiday in this sought after destination by booking at one of the excellent accommodations below.