Discover the unique and exclusive paradise of St Francis Bay & Cape St Francis which lies at the start of the world famous Garden Route and draws people nationally and internationally as both residents and visitors. The area is surrounded by the Baviaanskloof mountain range and offers a delightful escape from the pressures of daily life in a heaven of peace and tranquility. Our seaside village offers not only glorious beaches, excellent water-sports and a leisurely lifestyle but all the magical beauty of its unspoilt surroundings makes this a uniquely styled town.
To many the first thought that jumps to mind when they hear about St Francis is the perfect wave showcased in the iconic ’66 surf movie, The Endless Summer. Today Bruce’s Beauties is only one of the famous surfing spots in St Francis Bay and Seals is the place to be for the surfers from Cape St Francis. All sportsman can enjoy over 50 different sporting activities, which include biking trails, various water sports and two world class golf courses as well as beach horse riding in Oyster Bay.
St Francis boasts a beautiful canal system surrounded by picturesque homes. The canal system offers residents and holiday makers an exotic marina lifestyle. If fishing off your own jetty, swimming or exploring the canals with a canoe or SUP is not enough, the canals are linked to the Kromme River. Navigable for 10km, where fishing, boating, paddling, jet skiing, windsurfing, waterskiing and kite surfing can be enjoyed. The Kromme River Mouth and Cape St Francis main beach are some of the most popular kite surfing spots in the country.
Whales can be spotted in the Bay from May to late October and dolphins can be seen daily on their way back and forth between the bays of Cape St Francis and St Francis Bay. The Cape clawless otter is also ever present, frolicking in the waves and rock pools around Port St Francis and at Otters Landing. Bird life is abundant with over 200 species recorded in the area including the rare African oystercatcher and fish eagle.
Port St Francis includes a commercial and recreational harbour, the only privately owned working harbour in South Africa. Built to host the squid industry freezing vessels, as well as a small harbour resort village. It lies in a sheltered nook of the bay and provides a safe anchorage for the boats, pleasure craft, and oceangoing yachts. The deep sea fishing boats and yachts are moored safely between the luxurious Port residential units on water’s edge.
St Francis has a Mediterranean climate with mild summer temperatures, ranging from a winter average of 12°C to 33°C in the summer months. Locals fortunate enough to stay permanently will testify to the extraordinary sunsets which is unique to the coastline.
Cape St Francis has a beautiful vast untouched beach, surrounded by various protected nature areas such as the Irma Booysen Flora Reserve where well marked hiking trails meanders through coastal thicket and forest. It resembles a quaint fishing and surfers village, and is also home to a SANCCOB Sea Bird and African Penguin Rehabilitation Centre, situated next to the Seal Point Lighthouse, built in 1878.
Enjoy a leisurely lifestyle in St Francis Bay & Cape St Francis, in the magical beauty of natural and unspoilt surroundings we proudly call home.