HEART OF THE SUNSHINE COAST
Port Alfred boasts not only the climate, the water, the beaches and the historical connections, but we have stepped into the modern world with top-class shopping malls, sophisticated healthcare, a Royal golf course, intimate small-boat harbour, light industry, international hospitality university and 43 Air School, a world-class training facility for pilots and air traffic controllers. Of course we also have the stunning Royal Alfred Marina - one of few in the world where every home owner enjoys private water frontage and a personal jetty! Visitors can enjoy boat cruises through the Marina canals and if you feel energetic you can hire a water pedalo or canoe to make the trip.
Unique in geographical situation, we are surrounded by the most exciting array of game reserves and parks, yet to be equalled in Southern Africa. In a totally Malaria-free area, not only do we boast of conservation and animals for display and enjoyment, but a proactive, world-class hunting industry.
There are international artists who live and work here. Each year in July, nearby Grahamstown hosts the world-renowned National Arts Festival and Port Alfred also welcomes many of the visitors who come to enjoy the music, plays, art, comedy and crafts that attract thousands. We also have our very own theatre in historic Wharf Street.
There is so much to do in the region, so many interesting places to go to and so much to do while visiting us here. The warm Indian Ocean and many inland water surfaces offer endless opportunities for bathing, boating, water-skiing, surfing, windsurfing, angling, diving, canoeing and bird watching. This is the world of eco-tourism where you can hike and holiday to your heart’s content at a wide variety of venues.
Life here is social, and there are lots of clubs and societies to join if you have a mind to. The area boasts loads of restaurants and sociable bars to visit if you are here on holiday. Whether you come to rest or are looking for new experiences, you will find what you want here. We are the most exciting, pulsating, desirable and affordable holiday venue for any age. No wonder we welcome hordes of "swallows" every year from all over Europe. These folks escape the Northern Hemisphere winter and enjoy all our treasures and pleasures - and the fantastic sunshine, of course.
Visit Port Alfred, chances are you'll meet some fascinating locals with plenty of yarns to tell. Folks are friendly around here.