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The scenic drive.
The magical Sunshine Coast of the rural Eastern Cape Province stretches from Port Elizabeth to East London, with hundreds of kilometres of dazzling beautiful white beaches, coves, rivers, lakes, blue lagoons and subtropical forests. It is a water sport mecca and paradise for nature lovers.
The Sunshine Coast is a pristine wilderness with 300 kilometres of unspoilt coastline along the warm Indian Ocean. Attempts to establish harbours ended in shipwrecks, due to the reefs and shallow sea, thus this lovely part of the world escaped commercial development and retained its natural beauty.
Charming seaside villages along the coast are Kenton-on-Sea, Jeffreys Bay, Cape St Francis, Bushman’s River, and Port Alfred. Port Alfred is the jewel of the coast, a tiny town on the Kowie river estuary, half way between Port Elizabeth and East London.
Many rivers run through the coastline to the ocean, creating fertile estuaries and valleys, and the landscape is lush and green. Ironically, this wild and untamed coastline, possibly the most beautiful in South Africa, is the least frequented, a bonus for those who love nature reserves and undisturbed landscapes.
What to Do
The Sunshine Coast of South Africa has 320 sunny days out of the 365 of the year. The sunshine coasts of Australia and Canada are nothing on this, either in beauty or climate. Summers are warm, winters mild and cool, with light rain throughout. The oceanic climate is temperate and sunny all year and the sea warm.
The Sunshine Coast is sometimes called the Adventure Coast due to the multitudinous outdoor sports available in the perfect climate and environment, with both mountain and coastal terrain.
The dazzling beaches are perfect for relaxing, swimming, water skiing, snorkelling, sand boarding, kite surfing or long beach walks. There are numerous beaches with the prestigious Blue Flag Status and Humewood in Port Elizabeth even has Gold Status.
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