The Seaside town of St Francis Bay was first discovered in 1575 by Portuguese sailors and named in honour after the Patron Saint of Sailors. We are situated between Plettenberg Bay and only a hour’s drive westerly from Port Elizabeth. We are also situated on the scenic Route 62 and at the gateway to the Garden Route.


This unique seaside village, an exclusive paradise on the east coast of South Africa, boasts moderate temperatures that can be enjoyed all year round. The Kouga area draws holiday-makers nationally and also from all over the world to enjoy the glorious beaches lapped by the warm Indian Ocean. Our excellent water-sport facilities and a leisurely lifestyle combined with the magical beauty of the unspoilt surroundings of this unique village make for a great place to drop anchor and “get away from it all”.

Nature lovers and sportsmen alike have plenty to choose from. Enjoy over 50 different sporting codes – from surfing and fishing, tennis and squash, kite boarding, wind surfing and paddling to trail running and mountain biking, plus who can resist two world class golf courses one of which was a links course designed by Jack Nicklaus.

The beaches with the whitest and cleanest stretches of sand on the South African coastline is framed to the south by Bruce’s Beauties. One of the surfing world’s best known right hand breaks which was featured in the 1960’s cult film Endless Summer. Just a short drive away, you can also enjoy the slightly busier town of Jeffreys with it’s world famous break, Supertubes.

Those few and fortunate enough to have made their home in St Francis will certainly testify to the extraordinary westerly sunsets and equally invigorating easterly sunrises that are enjoyed from ‘Sunset Rock’ found in the Wild Side in Cape St Francis. It is with this harmony with nature that makes St Francis extra special.

For our international guests wanting a taste of Africa, there are two world class game reserves not very far away, Shamwari Game Reserve & Addo Elephant park and Lombardini Game Farm just minutes away.



It’s all about the great outdoors and you’re spoilt for choice when the sun shines, which is most of the time given the temperate climate and the longest sunshine hours on the country’s coast.