Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape Tourism, Western Region
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Despite being rated as having the 4th best weather of any coastal city in the world, endless golden beaches offering a huge variety of water sports, an aquarium, museums, casino, nature reserves, lion park and a variety of historical and cultural attractions, Port Elizabeth remains one of South Africa's best kept secrets.
In the middle of it all lies the stylish, much sought after Eastern Cape PE suburb of Summerstrand. Close to the beach, Summerstrand accommodation is just 5 minutes from Pollock Beach known as 'The Pipe' to the locals, because of its excellent waves and fabulous surfing. Also within easy walking distance from Summerstrand accommodation is the popular PE Boardwalk Casino entertainment and restaurant complex, which is built on a series of man-made lakes and beautiful gardens lit at night with thousands of Tivoli lights. This famous Eastern Cape Summerstrand attraction guarantees to keep the family busy and entertained with a veritable feast of fun! Shopaholics will love this unique Port Elizabeth retail experience; the hungry can enjoy take-aways, food stalls and gourmet restaurants; kids will love the game arcades, and PE visitors can try their luck in the casino, which boasts an impressive 24 tables and 900 slot machines.
Besides the impressive PE Blue Flag beaches close to Summerstrand, which offer visitors a superb variety of activities including exceptional windsurfing, fishing sailing and scuba diving, PE is also well known to golf lovers, who can chose between 3 outstanding 18 hole Port Elizabeth golf courses.
- Humewood Golf Club (3.9km, 8 minutes from Summerstrand accommodation) with its wide and undulating fairways, fast greens and thick coastal bush is a tough PE links golf course which is a must for any golfer visiting the friendly Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth.
- Port Elizabeth Golf Club, (9km, 14 minutes north of Summerstrand accommodation), is commonly known as “The Hill”, and is one of South Africa’s oldest, with emphasis placed on good food and entertainment, and of course golf!
- Walmer Country Club (10km, 16 minutes from Summerstrand accommodation) is the Port Elizabeth golf course which is a genuine challenge to the amateur golfer. With thick coastal bush, tree lined fairways and the notorious Port Elizabeth winds, this Walmer Eastern Cape golf course can be a handful to most golfers.
Port Elizabeth Summerstrand accommodation offers overnight, Star Graded Summerstrand Bed & Breakfast accommodation just 60m from popular PE beaches, which also qualifies as Summerstrand Conference accommodation, or stay in luxurious Summerstrand Hotel accommodation where red carpet treatment is standard issue. Summerstrand Pets Allowed accommodation, Self Catering accommodation in Summerstrand is ideal for holiday makers, as well as business executives looking for quality, independent accommodation. Visit the WhereToStay Summerstrand accommodation page for more info on these Port Elizabeth accommodation options.
Centrally located, Summerstrand is a very convenient, central location, which makes PE Summerstrand an excellent base from which to explore the abundance of Port Elizabeth tourist attractions:
Things to do and see in PE Summerstrand:
Happy Valley (1.2km from Summerstrand accommodation), is situated on Port Elizabeth's main beachfront just a short walk from the very popular Humewood Beach. This PE attraction is a magical wonderland of landscaped lawns, lily ponds, amazing lights and well known children's characters - a serene place to make great memories with the kids. Entrance into Happy Valley is free of charge.
McArthur Baths Swimming Pool Complex (3.3km from Summerstrand accommodation) is ideally situated on PE King’s Beach Promenade adjoining Kings Beach. McArthur Baths Swimming Pool Complex is an international class water recreation facility which guarantees a fun way to spend the day away from the salt and sand.
BayWorld Oceanarium (4.4km from Summerstrand accommodation) is located less than 1km from PE Humewood, Bayworld is one of the leading tourist attractions in Port Elizabeth Nelson Mandela Bay, and houses one of the biggest and best dolphinariums in the world. Also visit the onsite snakepark, a major PE tourist attraction enjoyed by young and old alike.
The Port Elizabeth Museum (6.1km north of Summerstrand accommodation), is one of oldest museums in South Africa. It contains very interesting exhibits of both natural history, as well as cultural history featuring displays of Xhosa beadwork, costumes, and the local history of the Eastern Cape.
Location - corner of La Roche Drive and Beach Road, Humewood.
Standing in Donkin Reserve is the historic Nelson Mandela Voting Line Sculpture (6.5km from Summerstrand accommodation). A 38m long, metal silhouette sculpture whose main feature is a laser-cut steel figure of Nelson Mandela raising his fist in the air in a display of victory.
The South African Air Force Museum (6.7km from Summerstrand accommodation) boasts a total of nine aircraft, including helicopters, a supersonic jet fighter, two of the world famous Harvard trainers amongst others, and the oldest surviving jet fighter in South Africa.
Walk the PE Guinea Fowl Trail (6.9km from Summerstrand accommodation) located in the Baakens River Valley, Port Elizabeth, and enjoy the wildflowers, trees, blue water lilies and fauna such as dassies, leguaans, tortoises and lizards. The Port Elizabeth Guinea Fowl Trail is also excellent for bird watching.
Situated near Port Elizabeth CBD is St Georges Park (7.4km from Summerstrand accommodation), home to the second oldest cricket club in South Africa, and also offering an open air theatre, a swimming pool, bowling greens, jungle gyms, duck pond and a wonderful botanical garden.
SAMREC African Penguin Rehabilitation Center (7.6km from Summerstrand accommodation), is home to rescued endangered African penguins and a variety of marine birds, and animals such as gannets and sea turtles.
Location - Cape Recife Nature Reserve, Port Elizabeth.
Summerstrand Port Elizabeth is in the unique position of being on the Indian Ocean, as well as in fairly close proximity to a number of malaria free Eastern Cape Game Reserves such as Shamwari Game Reserve - home to the Big Five, as well as Eastern Cape Addo Elephant Park, the third largest national park in South Africa, which lies just 35 minutes to the north of Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth, and is ideally suited for the outdoor adventurer, offering visitors the best prime game viewing.
Where to eat in Port Elizabeth Summerstrand:
Port Elizabeth Summerstrand offers a diverse range of eateries to suit all pockets and tastes. For long, drawn out gastronomical adventures, try fine dining in Summerstrand, or grab a bite from one of the many take-aways, stalls and vendors. Here are just a few examples of fine dining in PE Summerstrand.
Ginger The Restaurant - Fine dining in Summerstrand PE for a fresh take on traditional dining in a friendly, airy and chic atmosphere, where the food is a combination of the finest, fresh ingredients that in turn create subtle dishes with distinctive flavours with an Eastern Cape influence.
The Crest - Buffet restaurant in Summerstrand Port Elizabeth offers a traditional dining experience where guests can enjoy a sumptuous breakfast buffet, a tantalizing carvery buffet for dinner, or sample the delicious curries on offer. The Crest Restaurant also offers traditional Sunday lunches.
The Verandah Restaurant - Bistro in Summerstrand Port Elizabeth which offers incredible views of the ocean, stylish decor and a delectable menu that make this the perfect choice for a relaxed mealtime. With an array of dishes on offer, including an extensive cocktail menu, there is something for everybody
Towns near Summstrand Port Elizabeth with WhereToStay accommodation listings:
Port Elizabeth Humewood - 3.7km from Summerstrand accommodation
Home to the renowned Port Elizabeth Humewood Golf Course - the up-market PE suburb of Humewood is undeniably beautiful, luxurious and peaceful, and lies just minutes from the Eastern Cape Indian Ocean.
When looking for lodgings in this tranquil PE suburb, stay in Humewood Bed & Breakfast accommodation, where sincere Eastern Cape hospitality awaits you.
Port Elizabeth Humerail - 4.8km from Summerstrand accommodation
Known as a highly desirable PE suburb to visit, Humerail lies close to the Port Elizabeth beachfront, and within easy reach of PE golf courses.
Stay over in Star Graded Humerail Bed & Breakfast accommodation at Sir Roys at the Sea, where guests can experience panoramic views of the entire Nelson Mandela Bay, then shop, dine and gym at Humerail Waterfront Shopping Centre, which is sure to entertain the whole family!
Port Elizabeth Walmer - 8.9km from Summerstrand accommodation
With its tree lined streets, the Eastern Cape, Port Elizabeth Walmer suburb is the ideal place to stay if you need to be in close proximity to PE Airport. Historical Walmer has roots that stretch back to the 1850's, and still today, some of Port Elizabeth's oldest, well established families live in this very up-market Porth Elizabeth Walmer suburb. WhereToStay in Walmer? Visitors can experience Walmer's old world charm in luxurious PE Walmer accommodation. You can enjoy Star Graded Walmer Bed & Breakfast accommodation set in beautifully landscaped gardens within walking distance of PE Walmer Park Shopping Centre. Walmer Hotel accommodation invites you to experience a refreshing take on corporate and leisure accommodation, and for longer stays, Walmer Self Catering accommodation is the ideal getaway for families and long term corporate clients, who can relax in beautifully decorated units overlooking secluded, lush tropical Eastern Cape gardens. For all your Port Elizabeth Walmer options, see the WhereToStay Walmer accommodation page.
Port Elizabeth Glendinningvale - 10.2km from Summerstrand accommodation
Less then 1km from Port Elizabeth Golf Club lies the wooded, peaceful suburb of PE, Glendinningvale. Although Glendinningvale is virtually in the heart of the city of Port Elizabeth, it's also a quiet place where you can wake to the sound of birds in shady flourishing gardens. PE, Glendinningvale Bed & Breakfast accommodation invites guests to enjoy luxurious, private accommodation conveniently located within five minutes drive of the main PE beaches, and within walking distance of the PE Greenacres Shopping Centre.
Port Elizabeth Mill Park - 10.5km from Summerstrand accommodation
There's a special quality to PE Mill Park with its many restored Victorian and Tudor-style mansions, which gives visitors the impression of having stepped back in time. Visitors to Mill Park will find Star Graded Mill Park Bed & Breakfast accommodation in PE offering exclusivity, comfort and personalised service. Centrally located and within easy access to the Port Elizabeth Airport, PE shopping centres and PE beaches, Mill Park Bed & Breakfast accommodation in PE is also within walking distance of many fabulous Mill Park, Port Elizabeth restaurants.
Summerstrands accommodation review for Pine Lodge Holiday Resort in Summerstrand.
While my husband was doing business in the Port Elizabeth CBD, the kids and I stayed at the Pine Lodge Holiday Resort in Summerstrand, Eastern Cape.
We stayed in one of the 3 star chalets, with the Cape Recife Nature Reserve on one side, and the Port Elizabeth beachfront on the other. Ideally the on-site restaurant was open until late, with a wide variety of treats on offer. The kids also enjoyed hours of entertainment in the well equipped games-room, on those Eastern Cape bad weather days
Although there's a wide variety of Port Elizabeth self catering accommodation around, we chose well with the Summerstrand Pine Lodge Resort
Sharon & Jeff Copeland