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Port Elizabeth was formally founded when British settlers landed in Algoa Bay in 1820.
Epithets like the ‘Sunshine Coast', the ‘water sports capital of South Africa' and the ‘Friendly City', give clues to the kind of beach experience that awaits visitors to Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth. The Sunshine Coast is so-called because it has the most sunny days in South Africa so holiday makers looking to soak up some rays can sun-bake on its beaches all year round.
Like its Blue Flag beach cousins, Humewood and King's Beaches, Hobie is blessed with warm temperate summers; mild, pleasant winters and average sea temperatures of 16 to 22 deg C.
Situated off Marine Drive in the seaside hub of Summerstrand, Hobie Beach has ablutions, attractive picnic spots, large children's playgrounds; ample parking areas and trained professional lifeguards during the summer season. A favourite spot for swimming and sunbathing, sheltered rock pools brim with inter-tidal sea life, and anglers fish from Shark Rock Pier, whilst swapping tales about ‘the one that got away'.
Hobie Beach's combination of calm waters and fair breezes provide some of the best boardsailing conditions in the world, and both long and short-boarders love its excellent waves and big shore break. Windsurfing, kite surfing, rubber ducking, jet skiing, power boating, wave jumping, sailing and yachting are all practiced here. Scuba diving enthusiasts can explore ship wrecks, coral reefs amidst sub-tropical fish in its warm waters.
Nearby, the Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World, Brooke's Pavilion and the Lighthouse Entertainment Centre offer amusements, shopping, dining and gaming.
This Port Elizabeth beach also hosts the annual 'Splash Festival' in March/April and the Beach Volleyball and World Boardsailing Championships. Southern Right whales pass by between July and October; and Humpback whales are seen in June, July and December.