One of the greatest benefits of the beaches in Port Elizabeth, beside their outstanding cleanliness, is the consistently warm water. Sea temperature ranges form 18 to 21 degrees Celsius during summer and a moderate 14 to 19 degrees in winter.
Surfing and diving enthusiasts are usually, therefore, guaranteed of conditions favourable for being in the water, albeit with a slightly thicker wetsuit in winter.
The beaches are also not prone to overly-strong currents or rip-tides in most of the popular spots, creating a safe environment for children and visitors not accustomed to beach swimming. Trained lifeguards are on duty at all major beaches during the day. King’s Beach, Pollock Beach and Shark Rock are all ideal for swimming, surfing and jet skiing, and there is plenty of space for sunbathing or reading on the sand. King’s and Pollock Beaches also provide plenty of parking. Schoenmaker’s Kop (“Schoenies”) and Sardinia Bay (“Sards”) are situated slightly further away from the city centre, and boats beautiful walks and high sand dunes. These beaches are ideal for a day trip or picnic. Dolphins are frequently seen leaping out of the water along the coastline of Schoenies and Sards. Currents are slightly less predictable at these two spots, however, and more caution is required, particularly with children in the water.
Beaches in Port Elizabeth are generally centrally located, and many of the Bed & Breakfasts, hotels and guesthouses are situated in Summerstrand and Humewood, both beachfront suburbs. Beaches are equipped with launching facilities for Rubber Ducks, and most have changing facilities and bathrooms. There is no charge to enter any of PE’s main swimming beaches. In general, dogs are not allowed on the beaches.
For the traveller who prefers to fish than swim, the northern beaches provide great spots from which to cast. These beaches are not suitable for swimming, however, so be sure to make prior arrangements with a fellow fisher, leaving the family to relax on one of the southern beaches, which are more conducive to swimming and sunbathing.
Clean, safe, beautiful bathing meets convenient locale and proximity to luxurious accommodation and activities. As the South African Mecca for individuals and families seeking a coastal getaway, Port Elizabeth’s beaches are the ultimate choice.