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PPort Elizabeth has a number of wonderful beaches including the Blue Flag King’s Beach, Wells Estate Beach and Humewood Beach. In addition, there’s the family-friendly beach at Hobie, the relaxed spot at Bluewater Bay and the pristine sands of Sardinia Bay.
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.
TThe 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.
KKing'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.