St Francis Bay Travel Guide
Shopping The village has several small shops and art galleries that will cater to almost all your needs and ensure that you find some souvenirs to take back home. There are at least two fair sized supermarkets which will provide all your basic requirements. In high season most of the shops are open seven days a week.
Restaurants St Francis Bay has a wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops that offer a reasonable selection of meals. Most restaurants in South Africa have a reputation for good food at affordable prices and St Francis Bay is no different. Most of the restaurants focus on seafood, with local calamari being a menu highlight.
Nightlife Eating out is popular and the restaurants and bars offer an opportunity to sample the large range of South African wines, which are very affordable in comparison with other countries. Nearby Jeffrey's Bay provides a much bigger range of nightlife options for those truly determined to party. During the December summer holiday season St Francis hosts a few big outdoor live music events and parties which are very popular with youngsters.
Activities Whales can be spotted in the bay from May to late October and dolphins can be seen almost daily on their way back and forth between Cape St Francis and Jeffrey's Bay. The Cape Clawless Otter is also indigenous to the area, and can be spotted frolicking in the waves and rock pools around the Port of St Francis area and at Otters Landing. Nature lovers can enjoy the hiking trails meandering through the nature reserves and along a dune river system, with its unique landscape, where you can view the area's 'Fynbos' (fine leafed indigenous plants) and see antelope roam freely. Over 200 species of birds have been recorded including the rare African Oyster Catcher and magnificent Fish Eagle. St Francis Bay also has two 18 hole golf courses: St Francis Bay Golf Course and the St Francis Links, a Jack Nicklaus Signature Course. The Addo Elephant Park, situated in a malaria free area, is a mere hour and a quarter's drive from St Francis Bay and offers the best elephant viewing in the world. Cape St Francis and the nearby Jeffrey's Bay are both fantastic surfing destinations.
Negatives Outside of the peak summer season, St Francis doesn't have much of a nightlife. St Francis can be windy, so a windbreaker is essential.