St Francis Bay offers a wealth of holiday activities come rain or shine. It is a mecca for water sport enthusiasts. Windsurfing, water-skiing, jetskiing, snorkeling, swimming, sunbathing, exploring the canals by canoe or motor boat and diving are just some of the activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family.
The canals of Marina Glade provide a unique and safe environment for boating, canoeing and swimming. You can explore the canals in your own boat or hire one locally. The canals are linked to the Kromme River estuary which provides the perfect setting for boardsailing. Board sailors can also head out to sea from Hobie Beach.
St Francis Bay offers endless stretches of glorious golden beaches lapped by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Discover the magic of Main Beach, Hobie Beach and Marina Glades. This exceptional destination enjoys an international reputation for its awesome surfing with the best conditions being experienced during the winter months. In 1963 the surfing documentary Endless Summer was made in St Francis Bay. The producer, Bruce Brown, an American surfer-photographer claimed to have discovered the perfect wave here. "Bruce's Beauties" as the waves became known break down the inside of the western arm of St Francis Bay near a rocky tidal pool known as "Granny's Pool". Another surfing hotspot is Seal Point at Cape St Francis. Jeffreys Bay and the famous "Super Tubes" are within 35 minutes drive of St Francis Bay.
St Francis Bay and Cape St Francis are renowned for excellent fishing and diving. Snorkeling, scuba diving, spearfishing and oyster diving are available. The local reefs are home to a large number of fish species and the rocky gullies abound with marine life. St Francis Bay prides itself on its excellent river, surf and deep sea fishing. Interestingly St Francis Bay is home to the largest squid (Calamari) fishing industry on the S.A. coast.
The Greater St Francis Bay coastline, which incorporates Jeffreys Bay, is well known for its superb shelling. Shells of Southern Cape and Indo-Pacific species wash ashore here and can be viewed at the Charlotte Kritzinger shell museum in Jeffreys Bay which houses one of the finest shell collections in the world.
There's more to St Francis Bay than watersports alone. The resort town offers excellent sporting amenities including two golf courses. In fact the 18 hole golf course in the heart of the village is considered to be the closest to a Scottish links anywhere in South Africa. A 9 hole Gary Player designed course is available in the nearby town of Humansdorp. In addition to golf St FrancisBay offers tennis, squash and bowls.
A superb choice of safe walks covering a diversity of terrains and distances can be enjoyed within the St Francis Coastal Open Space System (SCOSS). Maps of the walks are available from the Heritage Centre in St Francis Bay. In addition to walking, horseback riding along pristine beaches and trails through coastal fynbos is available.
St Francis Bay village boasts an interesting variety of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and pubs.
Stormsriver and the magnificent Tsitsikamma mountains and forests are less than 1h drive. The world's highest bungee jump is found at the Bloukrans Gorge some 75 minutes drive from St Francis Bay. A few kilometers further is the busy holiday town of Plettenberg Bay and its exclusive shops and restaurants.