Plettenberg Bay

Bahia Formosa, Plettenberg Bay

Some of my earliest memories are of family holidays as a young boy at Oupa’s family house in Plettenberg Bay. The double-story beach house was separated from the golden sands and warm water of Robberg Beach by a flight of wooden stairs that our little legs would run up and down during the course of the day.

Bahia Formosa, Plettenberg Bay
Bahia Formosa

Getting there: Plettenberg Bay is just off the N2, 500km from Cape Town.
GPS Coordinates: -34.05637, 23.37210

Plettenberg Bay, known to most simply as Plett, has long outgrown its seaside village shoes and is now a modern town, so much so that it is sometimes referred to as Sandton-by-the-Sea.

It boasts golden beaches: Robberg Beach, Central Beach, Lookout Beach and Keurbooms Beach. Lookout Beach has changed significantly over the years: a flood saw the mouth of the Keurbooms River move to the west at the rocks of Lookout Beach (and has subsequently moved back again).

The history of Plett reveals strong ties to the timber industry, as well as the whaling industry — the iconic Beacon Isle Hotel was once the site of a whaling station.

Places to eat

  • Cornuti al Mare is an institution and an absolute must when in town. Be sure to book: 044 533 1277
  • The Table Restaurant serves the best pizzas I have tasted on the Garden Route.

Things to do

If you are considering a visit to Elephants of Eden, the Knysna Elephant Park, please read the allegations made by the NSPCA with regards the brutal treatment of the elephants:

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