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If you’re traveling along the famous Garden Route and are looking for the perfect stopover en-route to the city of Cape Town then the seaside hamlet of Gonubie is the destination for you. Gonubie is another scintillating location within the Eastern Cape Province and boasts dazzling sea views. This coastal village lies along the beautiful estuary of the Gonubie River and is a mere 8km outside of East London. Idyllic and serene, Gonubie is terrific for an overnight stay or even a few days where it is just you amongst the best natural spectacles Mother Nature has to offer. It isn’t terribly hard to relax and unwind in these parts – with the beach, lagoon, tidal pool and its wooden walkway in the surrounds, Gonubie exudes tranquility and calm helping to rejuvenate your tired body and mind. Unsurprisingly really, the beach here has the prestigious title of Blue Flag status; with its beautiful blue waters, white sand, immaculate and pristine, undulating fertile scenery, and receiving copious amounts of glorious South African sunshine it isn’t difficult to understand why swimming and tanning here is a supreme pleasure. As Gonubie’s popularity increases so too do opportunities spring up to enhance the town’s reputation as a genuine holiday resort. Plans are underfoot to build the hamlet’s very first shopping centre while Gonubie also hosts a flea market every second Saturday and has the very entertaining Gonubie Festival in operation each year. Gonubie, furthermore, has a terrific location and gives travellers easy and direct access to all the wonderful sights and sounds of nearby George.
For a more down to earth experience there are guest houses. Less expensive than hotels, they offer a more homey environment, as well as more privacy. Converted from a private house it’s a much gentler environment and for those with furry friends, there are also pet friendly options. They are usually well situated with shops and places of interest nearby. Being so small it offers a much more personal and intimate attention to it’s upkeep, leaving you with a more polished and homely experience.