It’s fair to say that one of the main attractions of Plett is her pristine coastline, dotted with golden beaches. Don’t just take our word for it. Plett has been nominated five years in a row for the award for Africa’s top beach destination. Whether you choose to enjoy this particular stretch of the balmy Indian Ocean by boat, hobie cat, SUP or surf board, perhaps underwater fun with scuba gear, or simply by plunging into the waves in your favourite swim suit, the experience will stay with you long after the water has evaporated from your sunkissed skin.
The good news is that Plett now has six premier Blue Flag’ status beaches where visitors can frolic to their hearts content. This is no mean feat when one considers that, around South Africa, there are fewer than 50 Blue Flag beaches. Each beach has its own ‘personality’ and offers the beachgoer a unique ocean experience.
Lookout Beach, visible in all its cobalt splendor from La Vista Lodge, offers the best of both worlds. A beach and river combo makes for superb kite-surfing, surfing, swimming, walking, SUP’ing, paddling and with a vast stretch of golden sand, there is no shortage of space. This beach is suitable for the whole family and during season, life guards are on duty. Facilities include restaurants, bars, public toilets, wheelchair access and limited parking. And let’s not forget the most spectacular sunsets which can be viewed from our deck!
Robberg 5 is located on the Beacon Isle side of Plett. Popular for surfing and body boarding, summer sees this stretch of beach bustling with young and old, taking full advantage of the long sunny days under the African sun. Take a walk towards the Robberg Peninsula and you’re bound to see dolphins, whales and even a shipwreck at low tide. Facilities include public toilets, wheelchair access and a parking area. Whale watching and the sardine-run takes place between May and October.
The Dunes Beach, situated in Keurbooms, is one of those very special places. With sand as far as the eye can see, this is a beach walker’s paradise. If you are an angler at heart, then pack your rod and reel as this particular stretch of coastline is teeming with line fish. Facilities include The Dunes Restaurant and bar, public toilets, wheelchair access and limited parking.
Keurbooms Strand Beach is found along the same stretch as the Dunes Beach. The coastline here is quite wild but breathtakingly beautiful none the less. This is a fantastic spot to relax with a book or play bat and ball with that special someone. Life guards are on duty in season and facilities include a restaurant, public toilets, wheelchair access and ample parking. A fantastic spot for some ‘beach combing’.
The Singing Kettle Beach, located to the east of Keurboomstrand, is accessible from the car park at the popular Enrico’s Restaurant. On a misty day, the large rock formations take on a life of their own. Walking along the beach takes visitors to Cathedral Rock (sometimes called Arch Rock), an impressive arched natural rock formation representing a cathedral portal and rose window. Be sure to take along a camera to capture the memories.
Just a hop skip and a jump from the boutique vineyards of the Crags, nestled between two national parks, lies the vast Nature’s Valley Beach. The area is rich with birdlife and if you enjoy shell collecting, then be prepared to be amazed. Here is where you are bound to find the nautilus shell of your dreams. Pansy shells and other interesting sea shells are plentiful and you could easily spend hours in this wild, virtually untouched part of the marine jewel of the Garden Route. Facilities include a restaurant, public toilets, wheelchair access and parking. This is also home to the Salt River hiking trail, a must-visit for those seeking a bit of adventure.