Picnic on the Beach
Fun in the sun
Whether you're after early morning walks, safe swimming, kite-surfing or just a fun picnic on the beach, Port Elizabeth's great beaches have something for everyone.
There are six swimming beaches, stretching from Bluewater Bay on the N2 towards Grahamstown, to Sardinia Bay in the west. King's Beach, Hobie Beach and Humewood Beach all have Blue Flag status and are a proud attraction to the city.
King's Beach, between the harbour and Humewood, is the most popular and busiest beach offering kiosks, restaurants, mini golf and a go-kart track, as well as some lush green grass to picnic on.
Humewood Beach is Port Elizabeth's oldest blue flag beach. It is a popular sunbathing spot with abundant rock pools, snorkelling spots, fishing areas and, with lifeguards around, the swimming is safe.
Hobie Beach is referred to as the Clifton of Port Elizabeth. The construction of Shark Rock Pier to its left resulted a sand-trapped shoreline that created the perfect swimming and sunbathing playground. Hobie is surrounded by restaurants, a promenade, ice-cream shops and diving operators, making it one of the most popular beaches.
Water temperatures vary between 18 and 21 degrees Celsius during summer and 14 to 19 degrees Celsius during winter, so pack costumes and a picnic basket and enjoy some fun in the sun.
To find out more about Port Elizabeth's beaches, visit the Nelson Mandela Tourism website.