Cruising the canals of St Francis Bay


We oftentimes think that we have to travel far and wide and spend a lot of money to experience the best of what the world has to offer and appreciate nature’s beauty. Indeed some of the best adventures I have had have been in some far flung areas and international travel is one of the most eye opening activities you can do. Its equally important however to remember that you can have an equally out-of-this-world experience in your own backyard. When you need to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life and submerge into delightful tranquility, St Francis Bay is just the escape you need and it comes highly recommended by me.

Welcome to St Francis Bay!

St Francis Bay is situated in the Kouga district of the Eastern Cape, about 100kms south of Port Elizabeth. It lies at the heart of what I famously known as the garden route and  is simply one of South Africa’s most unique and exclusive coastal destinations. Once you experience the magical beauty of St Francis Bay, you will want to come back. Ask Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, they bought a hideaway house here.

St Francis Bay has the most beautiful pristine beaches and a laid back lifestyle and is perfect water sports, golf and beach bumming.


You have choice to stay at a hotel, B&B or self catering vacation rentals. St Francis Bay has got plenty of options for accommodation to cater for exactly what you are looking for, but be sure to book early especially during peak season (November to January)

The Sands

Waking to the sound of waves crashing on the beach below; enjoying the view of the surfers making the most of the waves while you sip on a steaming cup of freshly brewed coffee on your private deck; and then slipping into the adjacent rim flow pool for a refreshing pre-breakfast swim. This is the kind of idyllic beach life that awaits visitors to The Sands @ St Francis.

Set in the exclusive enclave of St Francis Bay, the luxury getaway of choice for many of South Africa’s who’s who, as well as a favourite playground for sun and sea seeking holidaymakers. The Sands @ St Francis makes the most of its ideal setting, just minutes from the village’s centre, and with unrivalled access to a pristine swathe of beach just below.


The Beach House

The Beach House perfectly positioned on the beach offers everything you could ask for.


  • 4 En-suite bedrooms + En-suite Surf Cellar (Sleeps 14)
  • 2 Swimming pools
  • Walking distance to shops and restaurants
  • Security
  • On the main beach


The tariffs quoted are PER DAY
Serviced weekdays
Minimum stay 3 days OUT OF SEASON.
Minimum Stay One to Two Weeks OVER PEAK SEASON ( December January )
Provisioning done for you before you arrive

From R11 000  per day


39 Canal Road 

39 Canal Road is a self-catering house, located on two stands with 50 meters of canal frontage in St Francis Bay, Eastern Cape. Perfect for a group of friends or a family, looking for a quiet but modern breakaway with all the necessary luxuries of home.

The kitchen is large and open-plan, and has a separate scullery as well as a walk in pantry. Facilities in the kitchen and scullery include a gas hob, an extractor and a electric oven, a fridge with an ice maker, as well as a cold purified water dispenser and many other extras. The lounge has a fireplace with leather seating arrangements, and a dining table that seats up to 10 people comfortably. Free WiFi is available.

This contemporary home comprises 4 bedrooms; and another flat with one bedroom which is separate from the house, each with their own en-suite bathrooms that have either a shower or a bath, or both. The bedrooms consist of queen-size beds in four of the rooms, with two single beds in the fifth. There is also a gym that can be converted into a sixth bedroom if required.



Book a sunset canal cruise and cruise the St Francis Bay canals and take in the beautiful weather, local residents and the property.


We visited St Francis Bay towards the end of December and the sun just wouldn’t come down soon enough for us to catch the sunset. But it didn’t matter because the cruise alone was just pure bliss

Watch the Sunset – for the most beautiful sunsets and whale watching, grab a picnic basket and head to Sunset Rock.


Have breakfast at the Rambling Rose

Go for a dinner date at Tail & Thyme Restaurant & Cocktail Bar

Situated along the canals is another great option for dinner – a Greek restaurant known as The Big Time Taverna. Everything about this restaurant is authentically Greek – from decor, to food, wine, speciality drinks such as Ouzo and Metaxa Brandy.

Go for a drink at the St Francis Brewing Company. As the name would suggest, they are big on their beers and offer a selection of craft brands for beer lovers.

For lazy afternoons, go to Quaysyde, a laid back barbeque restaurant – pizza, ribs, ciders & beers kind of vibe. Take pictures on the peer.

What She Wore: White Jumpsuit – Topshop; Shoes – Bree Studded Runway Sandal by Alexander Wang; Sunglasses – Blind for Love by Gucci

Life’s Good in St. Francis Bay – will definitely go back soon!



  1. Reply


    February 24, 2018

    Beautiful scenery, when are we going again

  2. Reply

    Dann Castillo

    February 25, 2018

    This place looks like paradise! I particularly loved the beach house. That bath tub looked like me future home haha. The cruise sounds like such an amazing idea and all the resturants seemed delicious. I’ve heard meat is great in that area. Thanks for all the tips! I’d love to visit one day!



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