St Francis Bay
The Seaside town of St Francis Bay was first discovered in 1575 by Portuguese sailors and named in honour after the Patron Saint of Sailors. This beautiful town is situated between Plettenberg Bay and only a hour’s drive westerly from Port Elizabeth. St Francis Bay are also situated on the scenic Route 62 and at the gateway to the famous Garden Route.
Welcome to St Francis - The Eastern Gateway to the Garden Route.
Unspoiled beaches, a rugged coastline, a river linked to a unique canal system and nature areas with numerous footpaths through unique fynbos species all await holiday makers and visitors from around the world in our beautiful St Francis – one of the Kouga Region’s hidden treasures.
Situated on Route 62, the tranquil village of St Francis Bay boasts unique building styles, where black roofed and white walled homes surround the canals and just down the road a Mediterranean building style fills the ridges of Santareme. From here the Kromme River can be navigated for 10km by leisure boat or canoe, whilst the extensive canal system offers residents and holiday makers an exotic marina lifestyle. Fish from your front lawn, enjoy a daily SUP sight seeing around the canals or simply relax and finish your day with a sunset cruise.
Nature lovers and sportsmen alike have plenty to choose from. Enjoy over 50 different sporting codes – from surfing and fishing, tennis and squash, kite boarding, wind surfing and paddling to trail running and mountain biking, plus who can resist two world class golf courses.
The privately owned Port St Francis has a unique charm where the fleet of squid (chokka), hake and pilchard vessels berth on one side of the harbour and deep sea fishing boats and yachts are moored safely between luxurious residential units on water’s edge. A visit to the Port would not be complete without a tour of the Port and a tasting of local calamari, or book yourself on a whale watching trip and bay cruise, and check in at the St Francis Sustainable Seas Centre on Squid Square.
Cape St Francis has a beautiful pristine beach, various protected nature areas with hiking trails and resembles a quant fishing village. It is also home to a rehabilitation centre for the African Penguin, situated next to the century old lighthouse. The waves offer some of the finest surfing in the world. OysterBay, a hamlet to the west of Cape St Francis, is jealously nurtured by the inhabitants and boasts a beach as far as the eye can see alongside moving sand dunes too high to conquer. Enjoy a beach horse ride or try and find the ancient Koisan fish traps only visible during low tide.
St Francis is on the Kouga Route, which includes the Gamtoos, Humansdorp and Jeffreys Bay. We are also situated on Route 62 and a comfortable day trip from Port Elizabeth.