Plettenberg Bay

Originally nicknamed 'Beautiful Bay' by its early Portuguese explorers, Plettenberg Bay certainly lives up to this early moniker. Built on a hillside sloping down to the coast, the town is a truly serene location perfect for those seeking leisure and excitement alike.

Plettenberg Bay's location makes it a prime place for an incredible range of activities, from all manner of water sports to hikes through the surrounding countryside. Relaxing is incredibly easy too, especially as the town offers 20 kilometres of breathtaking coastline. Wildlife lovers will feel right at home thanks to the town's various animal-based attractions, from the nearby game reserve to the simian delights of Monkeyland.

Truly a town of variety and beauty, Plettenberg Bay remains just enough of a secret to offer a sense of seclusion and tranquility.


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Plettenberg Bay facts at a glance
Flight time:
11 hours
Time difference:
2 hours
Currency:
South African rand
Flying from
Birmingham, Gatwick, Glasgow, Heathrow, Manchester, Newcastle

Best time to go

South Africa's hottest, driest weather can be found from November to March, perfect for a winter escape. Alternatively, Plettenberg Bay's self-proclaimed "secret season" from May to September guarantees greater privacy for exploring the city's surroundings or relaxing on a quiet beach.

Things to do

Despite being smaller than many of South Africa's major coastal towns, Plettenberg Bay enjoys just as wide a variety of water sports - including surfing, kayaking, and scuba diving - as well as an abundance of Blue Flag beaches. Slightly further afield, visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the nearby Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, or schedule a round of golf at the town's very own country club - just two of the many attractions found around the outskirts of Plettenberg Bay.

Food and drink

In defiance of its relative size, Plettenberg Bay still offers a wealth of top-quality restaurants and cafes. Treat yourself to a variety of authentic local seafood dishes at the beachside Moby Dick's, or enjoy a delicious Portuguese and Mozambican selection at the popular LM restaurant on the town's main street. Those with more far-ranging tastes will enjoy the Surf Cafe, which boasts a wide range of meals inspired by popular surfing destinations across the globe.

In the evening

The town's main fare in terms of nightlife comes in the form of swanky bars with a cool atmosphere, the most popular including Flashbacks and Cubar. If you're in search of a more high-octane night on the town, head to VIP - a multi-level club featuring DJs and live bands to help you dance the night away.

Health and entry requirements

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.


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