Port Elizabeth, Summerstrand Holidays, 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 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 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) 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), is commonly known as “The Hill”, and is one of South Africa’s oldest clubs, with emphasis placed on good food and entertainment, and of course golf!
- Walmer Country Club (10km, 16 minutes from Summerstrand) 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.
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 - a magical wonderland of well known children's characters. (1.2km from Summerstrand)
McArthur Baths Swimming Pool Complex - an international class water recreation facility. (3.3km from Summerstrand)
BayWorld Oceanarium - one of the biggest and best dolphinariums in the world. (4.4km from Summerstrand)
Port Elizabeth Museum contains interesting exhibits of both natural and cultural history. (6.1km from Summerstrand)
Nelson Mandela Voting Line Sculpture - 38m long, metal sculpture featuring Nelson Mandela. (6.5km from Summerstrand )
South African Air Force Museum boasts a total of nine aircraft. (6.7km from Summerstrand)
St Georges Park - home to the second oldest cricket club in South Africa. (7.4km from Summerstrand)
Summerstrand, PE 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.
Also visit other PE towns near Summstrand:
Port Elizabeth, Humewood (3.7km from Summerstrand)
Port Elizabeth, Humerail (4.8km from Summerstrand)
Port Elizabeth, Walmer (8.9km from Summerstrand)
Port Elizabeth, Glendinningvale (10.2km from Summerstrand)
Port Elizabeth, Mill Park (10.5km from Summerstrand)
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