What to Do and See in Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay offers not only spectacular beaches and fantastic golf courses, but also a number of great outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, horse riding, fishing, whale and dolphin watching, game parks and many different watersports. And of course a variety of excellent restaurants and shops.
To fully explore all our beautiful town, aptly dubbed "The Jewel of the Garden Route", has to offer you, you could stay for days, if not weeks. So take your time, a deep breath and relax.
What to do and see
Plettenberg Bay ... affectionately and commonly known as "Plett" by South Africans is one of the favourite play grounds of the nation, it is also known and loved by the World's rich and famous. Plett has 11 stunning beaches, measuring a total of more than 14kms in length in which you can, explore .. let your hair down and relax! Plett boasts four beaches which are ranked as "Blue Flag", which means they have been graded and are amongst some of the best beaches in the World! They all have different characteristics and whatever it is that you are looking for in a beach, each beach offers something for everyone ... here they are;
Central Beach or Main Beach is often the busiest beach in Plett. Considered a family beach but also the beach where the “movers and shakers” and beautiful tanned and toned bodies, look to strut their stuff and show off honed bodies. Life guards are on duty in season. This beach is the launch site for Marine Safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours. Central Beaches facilities include restaurants, bars, public toilets and it also houses the local National Sea Rescue Station. Central Beach has lifeguards all year round and plenty of activities take place on and from this famous beach, especially during high seasons. Central Beach has the estuary of the Piesang River as it flows into the ocean.
Central Beach is situated 2 km (2 minutes) from Central Plett.
Just a little further down the same stretch of sand of central beach past the Ski Boat club and the ski-boat launch area, you will find Hobie Beach, where you can hire a hobie cat or a jet ski, and beyond that you will find The Wedge – this is one of South Africa’s best body-boarding surf breaks, and is the venue for the longest running body-boarding event in South Africa – The SABA Wedge Classic. An ideal body-boarding spot, The Wedge generates a unique wave, a wave that can seriously challenge even the most skilled of surfers.
Lookout beach, was washed away and disappeared with the floods of 2007 when the Keurbooms river decimated Lookout beach and carved a new path for itself. The Beach however started to reform in 2013 when the Keurbooms original river mouth once again re-opened, allowing the pristine sands of Lookout beach to re-appear. This famous beach lives again in 2015! Lookout beach is once again popular during the day, with sunbathers and surfers and the adjoining lagoon throngs with kite surfers and SUP paddlers. At sunset, the waves and mountains at this beautiful beach are highlighted by the setting sun, creating an achingly lovely palate of colours. Lookout Beach is 1km from Plett Central. On the 6th October 2014, Lookout Beach was once again awarded Blue Flag status.
Popular for long walks and jogging, kayaking and paddle skiing. Robberg Beach stretches for 4 kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and the Beacon Island Hotel. It is quite common to have wonderful sightings of dolphins, whales and seals either in or just behind the waves breaking onto the beach. On Robberg beach where the beach and the Robberg Peninsula meet and at low tide it is possible to spot a piece of Plett history, the Wreck of the Athena, a Greek trawler that sank here in 1967. The Facilities include public toilets and various parking areas. Robberg beach is 2 km (2 Minutes) from Central Plett.
Solar Beach is actually an extension of Robberg Beach. Sometimes referred to as Sanctuary Beach by the locals. Solar beach is 4 km (4 Minutes) from Central Plett.
Robberg 5 Beach
Located in the central area of Robberg Beach, this beach is popular for surfing and body boarding. There are also life guards stationed here at peak holiday times. Facilities include wheelchair access, public toilets and a parking area. Robberg 5 beach is 4 km (4 minutes) from Central Plett.
Keurbooms Lagoon Beach
This beach fronts the lagoon mouth – and varies in size from a strip of sand to a broad stretch of beach depending on the tides. The size of the beach is also determined by a couple of other factors such as the tides and how much rainfall there has been and the flow of water into the river from the mountains. The water colour can vary from a deep senna colour (this is caused by tannins in the water, but it is still very clean) to crystal clear, sometimes in summer the river bottom is so shallow and the water so white that it is easy to imagine you have been transported to a pristine desert island. There are often wide sandbanks with shallow water covering them and on a hot day these waters heat up rapidly to a wonderful tepid warmth. Safe for little ones to wade and splash about in it's shallow depths, it is one of the safest spots to take your kiddies as far as water environments are concerned. It is interesting as well with row-boats, colourful yachts and ski boats cruising up and down the deeper boat channel over the other side and the ocean waves breaking beyond. This lagoon beach is accessed from the residential area of Poortjies. There are public toilets there but no other public amenities.
Keurbooms beach is a little wilder but is equally and majestically beautiful with white sands that seem to stretch on forever. Some exciting activities and eco-adventures can be arranged on this beach. Facilities include a restaurant, public toilets, wheelchair access and it offers ample parking. Keurboomstrand beach is 10 km (15 minutes) from Plett Central.
Kettle beach, is an extension of Keurbooms Beach.
Arch Rock Beach
Arch Rock beach, so called because of a large arch shaped rock which is situated close to a cliff near the Maatjies river mouth. Local Legend has it that if you throw a rock through the middle of the top hole in the rock without it touching either side you will have everlasting good luck! This beach can be found following on from the end of Kettle Beach. This beach offers a great walk at low tide. Facilities include a restaurant, public toilets and parking. Arch Rock Beach is 14,6kms (19 minutes) from Plett Central.
Natures Valley Beach
Situated alongside the mouth of the Groot River at the bottom of the Groot River pass and the Groot River estuary, this beach forms part of the Tsitsikamma De Vasselot nature reserve and is about 6kms long. The beach includes a beautiful lagoon which flows into the Indian Ocean, surrounded by mountainous foresst that are rich in both fauna and flora and offers South Africa's indigenous birds a wonderful habitat. A feature of this untouched beach is Pigs head, a rock face so named because of its striking appearance to a pigs head! Natures Valley Beach is 32km (32 minutes) from Plett Central.