Port Elizabeth boasts two blue flag beaches. Visitors can enjoy a stretch of coast with warm waters, sandy beaches, rock pools and access to amenities. Beachhouse Brighton is situated 500m from a popular swimming and surfing beach with plenty of space for locals and visitors to enjoy the sand and sun. A trail for walking and running stretches the entire beachfront and provides easy access for visitors to explore this beautiful recreational side of the city. If you have children, be sure to visit what the locals call, ‘the blow hole’, just a very short distance from the guest house in front of the popular Something Good Roadhouse (where you need to visit for sundowners with a sea view).
Port Elizabeth is a perfect base from which to enjoy access to excellent malaria-free game viewing. The Addo Elephant National Park is a day trip away and is the third largest national park in South Africa. The park boasts amazing biodiversity and the chance to view the big five in their natural surrounds. For a closer wildlife experience that is great for kids, be sure to visit the Kragga Kamma Game Park.
Restaurants and Markets
Port Elizabeth has a thriving food culture. Hotspots for the city’s top restaurant’s include the beachfront area (along Marine Drive), the Stanley Street strip (an historical part of the city) and the emerging Baakens Valley. Explore tripadvisor for more info or ask a local where their favourite place to eat is. The Good Night market is popular with locals and happens on the last Thursday of every month in the beautiful historic Tramways building in the Baakens Valley. Expect live music, a great local vibe and the city’s top food vendors.
There are numerous city tours on offer in Port Elizabeth. These range from historic city tours to whale watching in the bay. If you are into action and adventure, you can seek out opportunities like sand boarding, horse-riding (on the beach), zip-lining, surfing and more.
For golfers, Port Elizabeth offers a variety of excellent golfing options, including the Humewood Gold Club situated nearby to Beach House Brighton. This genuine seaside links with wide and undulating fairways offers fast greens and thick coastal bush. More information: www.humewoodgolf.co.za
Sport and Outdoor Recreation
Port Elizabeth is a sporty city. If you enjoy to take part in outdoor recreation you will be spoilt. Running along the beachfront is a easily accessible from Beach House Brighton. There are four parkruns in the city, one of which starts at Shark Rock Pier along the beach front. If you are just looking to get outdoors and enjoy some hiking in the fresh air, ask a local about how to get to Sards – a breathtaking stretch of unspoilt beach along the city’s coastline.