Sometimes you just have to go with the waves
Plettenberg Bay is known for its beautiful beaches and spectacular natural beauty. All of our beaches have their own magical quality that draws visitors to Plettenberg Bay year after year. We would like to introduce you to each of these beaches which will assist you when planning your stay in our beautiful bay.
From all the beaches you may spot some of the marine mammals that visit our bay, whales, dolphins, seals and more. Look out for the beautiful Pansy Shell when enjoying a walk on the beach. With the backdrop of majestic mountains, it is no wonder the Portuguese called it Bahia Formosa - beautiful bay!
Plett Villas cannot be held responsible for any advice on safety issues, therefore, please contact Nature Conservation or National Sea Rescue in Plettenberg Bay to find out more about safety and swimming in the area as well as details with regards hiking trails in the area.
Robberg Nature Reserve
Robberg Nature reserve is a peninsula very popular with hikers. The Peninsula hugs the bay at the end of Robberg Beach. From the reserve, you have stunning views of the bay, a large variety of Fynbos and birds, the seal colony, ancient caves, beautiful beaches, and rock pools. Please get details with regards to tides, etc and perhaps take a guide with you if you are unsure. We do not recommend swimming on the beaches on the "wild side" of the reserve. Robberg is a must when visiting Plettenberg Bay.
This is a very popular beach with holidaymakers; there are some stunning villas all along the beach. It is great for walking, soaking up the sun and swimming. Please be aware of currents and sea conditions. The beach stretches from the rocks at the Beacon Island all the way to the Robberg Nature Reserve. There are ablutions at designated spots along the beach.
Central Beach and Hobie Beach
Central Beach is a wonderful swimming beach and therefore very popular. It always has a festive atmosphere. There is a restaurant, the ski boat club, ablutions and a takeaway shop on the beach. A little further on is Hobie Beach which hosts the boats for whale watching, fishermen, sailing yacht and sea kayaking. The corner of Hobie Beach is popular with surfers.
Although Lookout beach has pretty much been washed away nature has provided some beautiful beaches on the lagoon and Lookout is very popular for its views. There is a restaurant at Lookout.
Plettenberg Bay has a large lagoon with beautiful beaches. Ideal for swimming, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, and walking. The lagoon is very popular with families who have small children.
This beach is truly beautiful. It is a huge beach that seems to go on forever. It is never crowded and the ideal spot for nature lovers. Take long walks, soak up the sun and enjoy the natural splendor of this beach. There are quite rough currents one can possibly splash around, but we do not suggest swimming. Keurbooms is also popular for fishermen.
To the left of Enrico's restaurant is a wonderful hike at low tide to Arch Rock, beautiful rock pools, the "blow hole" ancient Middens, a lagoon, and the magnificent Arch Rock make this hike unforgettable. You will probably be lucky enough to spot the oystercatcher bird. Again swimming is not recommended - just safe paddling. "Coestoe" was shot here due to its natural beauty.
This beach is approximately 15-20 minutes' drive from Plettenberg Bay. With its stunning lagoon ideal for swimming, beautiful beach and nature reserve with stunning forest Natures Valley is paradise. Swimming in the sea could be dangerous due to currents. Natures Valley is the end of the Otto Trail and has some wonderful hiking trails and picnic spots.