St Francis Bay is a beautiful holiday village in the Eastern Cape, South Africa. To the north lies the Gamtoos Valley and Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, to the east the well known surfing mecca Jeffreys Bay and to the west Oyster Bay and the Tsitsikamma. It forms the Kouga and is a mere hour’s drive from the capital Port Elizabeth.
St Francis Bay has expanded over the last few years, and apart from its well known canal system with the white walled thatch roofed houses or the Mediterranean homes in Santareme, it now also includes Port St Francis, Otters Landing, St Francis Field, St Francis Links and the relaxed keep-it-clean-and-green Cape St Francis to the south. Every area has its own vibe and unique lifestyle opportunities.
Warm summers and mild winters allow locals to embrace outdoor living and sporting and leisure activities. The Kromme River is navigable from 10km upstream, twisting and winding its tranquil way down to the Indian Ocean creating a paradise for fishermen, paddlers, windsurfers, kite boarders and water ski enthusiasts and is linked to the canal system.
The waves are ideal for hobie cats, windsurfing, kite boarding, surfing, paddle ski-ing – in fact any sort of water sport. St Francis Bay boasts some of the finest rock and surf angling along the Eastern Coast and fishing off shore, in the Kromme River or from your own jetty on the canals is a pleasure for young and old.
Nature lovers can loose themselves in the natural beauty of the greater St Francis and Cape St Francis and lends itself to trail walks and runs. Hiking trials take you through nature reserves and along a dune system with its unique landscape, where you can see typical South African Fynbos and small antelope. Bird life is abundant with over 200 species recorded in the area including the rare African Oyster Catcher and the magnificent Fish Eagle.
The commercial and recreational Port St Francis is custom built to host the huge squid industry as well as hake and pilchard vessels and smaller commercial fishing boats. Yachts from all over the world frequently find a place to rest and smaller recreational boats use the Port for daily fishing expeditions. St Francis Field hosts an airfield for smaller aircraft and often air shows are hosted from here.
Cape St Francis is popular for surfing and kite boarding at Seal Point. Walking trails wind along the rocky coast, the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve and hikers can walk along the coast line to Port St Francis.
St Francis boasts an excellent 9 hole golf course as well a Links, a bowling green, tennis and squash courts and leisure routes for runners, walkers, cyclists, paddlers and swimmers.
The greater St Francis area lends itself for any type of sport, whether recreational or competitive, as well as for sporting events throughout the year as each and every member of the family will find something that makes him happy!