St Francis

St Francis Bay is a working fishing port and holiday destination in the Cacadu district of South Africa.

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St. Francis Bay

The charming holiday town of St Francis Bay is known for its endemic white houses with black roofs, either tile or thatch, together with Sardinian-style red tile roofs. It is set around the astonishing Marina canals, offers a delightful escape from the pressures of daily life, in a haven of peace and tranquility. Enjoy the glorious beaches, excellent water-sports, a leisurely lifestyle and the beauty of its unspoilt surroundings.

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The Cape St Francis Lighthouse

The lighthouse, called Cape St Francis Lighthouse or Seal Point Lighthouse, was built in 1878 to warn ships of the dangerous reefs that stretch more than a kilometer out to the sea. It is the tallest masonry tower on the South African coast standing at a height of 27.75 metre. Although it is no longer in full operation, it is open to the public and guided tours of this historic lighthouse are available.

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Cape St. Francis

Cape St. Francis is renowned for its peace and tranquility. Nonetheless, surfers from all over the world flock to this coastal town in hopes of surfing a wave at the popular Seal Point. There are a number of nature reserves in the area, and another key attraction for the town is its lighthouse, which was established in 1878 and has since been declared a national monument.

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Aston Bay

Situated between Jeffreys Bay and Paradise Beach, this area offers long stretches of untouched sandy beaches surrounded by protected nature reserves. Sightings of small buck, tortoises, a large variety of birds, rabbits and mongoose are part of every day life in this nature conservancy and the creatures are much loved by local home-dwellers.

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Paradise Beach

Paradise Beach promises a relaxing day on a pristine white beach, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life. The name itself, explains it all…it really feels like paradise. Because of its wide and uncrowded beach, it’s also a paradise for windsurfers and kite boarders with good wind all year round.

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Oyster Bay

What originally started off as a coastal farm before 1956, has since evolved into the small coastal town called Oyster Bay. Found 14km west of St Francis Bay, activities such as swimming, as well as rock, deep sea and surf fishing can all be enjoyed in this seaside town.

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The Penguin Rescue & Rehabilitation Centre

The rehabilitation centre offers you the opportunity to view the vulnerable African Penguin up close and personal. Although the conservation focus is on the African Penguin, the centre deals with all sick, injured or oiled marine birds.

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The Sands @ St. Francis

This splendid luxurious five star African Beach House offers five spacious en suite bedrooms all with uninterrupted views of the majestic Indian Ocean and endless stretches of pristine coastline.

SLEEP   —  +27 42 294-1888 —  8 Frank Rd

St Francis Links

The highly rated St Francis Links is an extremely beautiful and challenging 18-hole, par 72 golf course which compares favourably with some of the best courses in the Cape.

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Cape St Francis Resort

This is a luxuary 5-star resort with three separate villas and a total of 12 en suite bedrooms. You can opt for either slef catering or bed and breakfast accommodation

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Porthole Restaurant And Bar

On the port. Serves delicious calamari, fresh from the sea. Sit on the patio and watch the calamari being unloaded from the fishing boats.

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St Francis Safaris

Game fishing, dolphin and whale cruises, boat and jet ski hire

Viking Boat Hire

Hire a boat to explore the canals and river on your own.

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Thatchwood Country Lodge

They offer various rooms with both double and twin beds

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Grasmere Ostriches

Ostrich leather belts, wallets, handbags etc

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Port view place

B&B within walking distance from the port

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Sandriver Lodge

Nice B&B close to shopps and golf course

SLEEP   —  +27 42 294-1052 —  St Francis Dr


Sealpoint is the best place for surfing

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Swartenbosch Golf Club in Humansdorp

9 Hole (18 tee) Golf Course

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Port Hotel

Located on the harbour

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Osbosch Lodge

Self catering and B&B.

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Farol Bistro and Coffee shop

Excellent breakfasts.

Krom River Expeditions

Go on a canal cruise.

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Beach Break

On the beach

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About St Francis

Port St Francis.
Port St Francis.

St Francis consists of three closely related, but distinct areas: St Francis Bay, Port St Francis and Cape St Francis.

Not far from Jeffreys Bay lies the charming town of St Francis Bay. It is known for its endemic white houses with either black tile or thatch roofs blending together with the Sardinian-style red tile roofs. Approximately half of the town is built around the largest web of manmade canals and waterways in Africa. Adjacent to St Francis Bay is the pastoral fishing village of Cape St Francis with its outstanding beach and historic Seal Point Lighthouse while Port St Francis is the harbour. Visit Oyster Bay, a town that caters for those who enjoy quiet time and relaxation. Explore this district with its beautiful beaches, rich wildlife and adventures - surf the waves or swim with dolphins, there is something for everyone in this picturesque and breathtaking Jeffreys Bay area.

St Francis Bay is a beach village of Cape Dutch style thatched roof houses build on canals in the Kromme River estuary.

Port St Francis is a working fishing port for the squid/calamari industry. Also home to Station 21 of the national Sea Rescue Institute.

Cape St Francis is home to a working lighthouse build in 1878. Surrounded by beautiful beaches and good surfing spots.

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