Did you know?
Blue Flag status is awarded for one year only, and the beaches of Port Elizabeth have continued to wave the flag for excellence since 2001.
You might be visiting Port Elizabeth during the winter, but a good sunny day along the Eastern Cape shores will inspire you to take to the waves.
There are six swimming beaches, stretching from Bluewater Bay on the N2 towards Grahamstown, to Sardinia Bay in the west. The temperature of the water is warm, peaking at 23 degrees Celsius in summer and around 16 degrees in winter.
The city is very proud of its international Blue Flag status, awarded to King's Beach, Wells Estate beach and Humewood Beach. All have good water quality, excellent lifesaving standards, parking and clean ablution facilities. These beaches continue to uphold their Blue Flag status and are a proud attraction in the Eastern Cape.
King's Beach, between the harbour and Humewood, is the most popular beach because it has kiosks, restaurants, mini golf and a go-kart track. Boat trips and deep sea fishing trawlers leave from King's Beach; Humewood Beach is quieter and offers lots of shade for the sun-shy visitor. Wells Estate has a long pier over the dunes and the complex includes a paddling pool and waterslides.
Hobie Beach, although not a current Blue Flag Beach, is just off Shark Rock Pier. This spot is good for windsurfing; it's popular because it's just a short walk from the Boardwalk Casino & Entertainment Centre.
Without a doubt, the most beautiful beach is Sardinia Bay. It's a bit of a drive from the popular beachfront hub, but it's well worth the trip. It is located in a marine reserve so there isn't much in the way of shops or restaurants, but its rolling dunes and endless sea and sand will inspire you.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)41 585 8884
Fax: +27 (0)41 585 2564
How to get here
You can fly to Port Elizabeth from all of South Africa’s major airports. There are also bus packages from Cape Town and Johannesburg