Some interesting facts and figures about Tourism month and Plett beaches have received many accolades.
Thanks to Plett Tourism for this interesting information.
As far as we’re concerned, Plett has some of the most incredible natural attractions in the country and Plett beaches generally top that list. Below are some of the accolades and awards that Plett has received this past year.
International Blue Flag awards were presented to 137 sites in the Southern Hemisphere for the 2018-2019 Blue Flag season, including 96 beaches, 19 marinas and 22 boats.
As of 2018, the Blue Flag flies over 3,783 beaches, 698 marinas and 77 boats around the world. The Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 30 beaches, 12 boats and 7 Blue Flag marinas. Plett received 6 Blue Flags for beaches and 1 for a boat operator. This includes Robberg 5 (10th year), Keurboomstrand (8th year), Nature’s Valley (7th year), Lookout (5th year), The Dunes (3rd year) and The Singing Kettle Beach (2nd year).
Offshore Adventures continues to add to Plett’s outstanding marine experiences with both of their boats, Robberg Express and Oceanic Express.
For the 10th year in a row, Plett has received a nomination in the World Travel Awards™ as Africa’s Leading Beach Destination, a very prestigious honour. World Travel Awards™ was established in 1993 to acknowledge, reward and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry.
Today, the World Travel Awards™ brand is recognised globally as the ultimate hallmark of quality, with winners setting the benchmark to which all others aspire.
Plett beaches – Dreaming of pristine, unspoilt sandy beaches?
Plettenberg Bay has some of the most beautiful beaches in South Africa. The town’s 20 kilometres of picturesque Indian Ocean coastline features pristine, unspoilt sandy beaches. Throughout the year, you’ll find beachgoers of all ages soaking up the sun and enjoying the many outdoor activities you’ll find in Plett.
Plett beaches are considered by many as the best beaches in South Africa, and testimony to this is the fact that Plett has been nominated 5 years in a row for the award for Africa’s top beach destination.
Lounging in the soft, warm sand is only the beginning. Surfing, skimboarding and bodyboarding are popular among locals and visitors. With up to 12-foot waves, the beaches along Plett’s coastline are home to some of the best waves in South Africa. Have a surfing lesson, visit during the “Wedge Bodyboard Classic” or even try your hand at one of our many sea adventure races. You may also want to cast a line or charter a fishing expidition and try your luck along the coast.
Exploring the underwater world is fun and exciting, as it is home to fish, stingrays, dolphin, seals, sharks and whales – even the occasional octopus!
But you don’t have to dive to experience the amazing marine life hidden just below the waves. Plett’s impressive ocean safaris give you an up-close look at marine life without having to get your hair wet!
There are many different beaches to choose from in Plett. Plett beaches have lagoon areas for young children and others are hot surfing and bodyboarding spots for the more adventurous. Plett has six premier “Blue Flag” status beaches, including Robberg 5, Lookout Beach, Keurboomstrand, The Dunes, The Singing Kettle and Nature’s Valley.
Often the busiest beach in Plett. Life guards on duty in season. It’s the launch site for Marine Safaris, dive charters and ocean kayaking tours and facilities include restaurants, bars, public toilets and the local National Sea Rescue Station; 2 km / 2 minutes from Plett Central.
Popular for long – long – walks, Robberg Beach stretches for kilometres between the Robberg Peninsula and Beacon Island. Facilities include public toilets and various parking areas; 2 km / 2 Minutes from Plett Central.
LOOKOUT BEACH (Blue Flag Status) icon-blue-flag-beach
Formerly Plett’s most iconic beach, this area wash washed away during the 2007 floods but has returned even more pristine within the past three years. This is now popular for long walks along the ocean side from the Lookout parking lot to the river mouth, and then along the Keurbooms River back to the parking area. This has also become a fantastic sun bathing spot, great for surfing and bodyboarding and has ample play area for the entire family. Life guards on duty in season. Facilities include restaurants, bars, public toilets, wheelchair access and limited parking; 1/2 km / 1 minute from Plett Central.
THE DUNES BEACH (Blue Flag Status) icon-blue-flag-beach
This beach is located between Keurboomstrand and the mouth of the Keurbooms river and is accessed in the west from a walkway opposite the old Protea Hotel, or from the east via a car park near Waves Ave. It is also accessible from The Dunes Hotel & Resort.
KEURBOOMSTRAND BEACH (Blue Flag Status) icon-blue-flag-beach
A little wilder, but equally beautiful. Life guards on duty in season. Facilities include a restaurant (2 km / 2 minutes), public toilets, wheelchair access and ample parking; 10 km / 15 minutes from Plett Central.
NATURE’S VALLEY BEACH – Blue Flag Status icon-blue-flag-beach
Nestled between two national parks, this large expanse of beach is in walking distance of the pristine Salt River Mouth. This is birdwatchers paradise! Life guards on duty in season. Facilities include a restaurant, public toilets, wheelchair access and parking; 25 km / 30 minutes from Plett Central.
ROBBERG 5 (Blue Flag Status) icon-blue-flag-beach
Located in the central area of Robberg Beach, this beach is popular for surfing and bodyboarding. Facilities include wheelchair access, public toilets, wheelchair access and a parking area; 2 km / 2 minutes from Plett Central.
THE SINGING KETTLE BEACH icon-blue-flag-beach
Located to the east of Keurboomstrand, this beach is accessible from the car park at Enrico’s Restaurant (formerly The Singing Kettle). 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.
PRESERVE OUR BEACHES
While you explore nature in all its glory, please help us keep these beaches beautiful for years to come! Most of Plettenberg Bay’s beaches and lagoons are designated “Marine Protected Areas,” so remember:
Deposit all litter in appropriate containers.
Stay on designated trails. Prevent erosion and preserve plant and animal habitats.
Pets are not allowed on most beaches. There are designated areas for pets.
With such an amazing variety of things to do and ways to relax at the beach, it’s easy to see why Plettenberg Bay is a prime dream holiday destination for visitors from around the world.