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Plettenberg Bay Beach (Central Beach)

Sunbathe by the ocean, watch for marine wildlife and ride waves on one of the Western Cape’s best beaches.

Stay in Plettenberg Bay and spend your days on Central Beach, one of the busiest beaches in Plett. Head here for thrills on the water, wildlife watching excursions and oceanfront restaurants. Pick up new skills such as surfing and scuba diving or simply soak up the South African sun on warm, golden sand.

Walk along the beachfront and down parallel streets to find a number of different shops and tour operators offering everything you need for a fun-filled day at the beach. Visit one of the surf shops to rent gear or ask about surfing lessons. The warm, clear waters of the bay are ideal for both beginners and pros.

Join an ocean safari for a boat ride to meet some of the marine life that lives nearby. The waters of Plettenberg Bay are shielded from the harshest elements by the Robberg Peninsula, so many sea creatures will come to swim here. Get up close to the resident colony of Bryde’s whales and watch for southern right whales, bottlenose dolphins and Cape fur seals frolicking in water.

Swim with some of these animals on a diving excursion in the bay. Friendly seals will happily come close to you as you paddle through the clear water here. Put on a pair of flippers and a snorkel, then paddle out into bay.

Charter a yacht or hop on a Jet Ski for a high-speed experience of the Indian Ocean. For a more tranquil activity, bring along a fishing rod and attempt to land a catch.

In the evening, dine on freshly caught fish in one of the restaurants by the beach. Seafood is especially popular here, so feast on fresh oysters and shrimp while enjoying views of the ocean. Choose between Spanish, American and South African styles of cooking.

Central Beach is located in between Robberg Beach and Keurbooms Beach, near the center of Plettenberg Bay town. Drive here and park on the southern end near the Beacon Island Resort.


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The Plettenberg Hotel AU$459
The Plettenberg Hotel

The Plettenberg Hotel

40 Church Street, Plettenberg Bay
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 71 reviews
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Plettenberg Bay, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of St Peters Anglican Church, Plettenberg Bay Beach, and Old Timber Shed. Radical Raptors and Robberg Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Milkwood Manor on Sea AU$135
    Milkwood Manor on Sea

    Milkwood Manor on Sea

    Salmack Road, Plettenberg Bay
       
      4.6
      of 5, from 112 reviews
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Located in Plettenberg Bay, this beachfront guesthouse is next to a golf course and within 6 mi (10 km) of St Peters Anglican Church, Plettenberg Bay Beach, and Old Timber Shed. Radical Raptors and Robberg Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Bayview Hotel AU$92
      Bayview Hotel

      Bayview Hotel

      Corner Main & Gibb Street, Plettenberg Bay
         
        3.7
        of 5, from 39 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of St Peters Anglican Church, Plettenberg Bay Beach, and Old Timber Shed. Radical Raptors and Robberg Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Robberg Beach Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges AU$197
        Robberg Beach Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges

        Robberg Beach Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges

        89 Beachyhead Drive, Plettenberg Bay
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 203 reviews
          5.0 out of 5.0

          Located in Robberg Beach, this luxury guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plettenberg Bay Beach, Old Timber Shed, and St Peters Anglican Church. Robberg Nature Reserve and Radical Raptors are also within 6 mi (10 km).

          Ocean Watch Guest House AU$138
          Ocean Watch Guest House

          Ocean Watch Guest House

          12 Perestrella Street, Plettenberg Bay
             
            4.8
            of 5, from 48 reviews
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Situated by the ocean, this guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Old Timber Shed, Plettenberg Bay Beach, and St Peters Anglican Church. Radical Raptors and Robberg Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

            Periwinkle Guest Lodge AU$419
            Periwinkle Guest Lodge

            Periwinkle Guest Lodge

            75 Beachyhead Drive, Plettenberg Bay
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 10 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Robberg Beach, this spa guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plettenberg Bay Beach, Old Timber Shed, and St Peters Anglican Church. Robberg Nature Reserve and Radical Raptors are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              The Bungalow AU$190
              The Bungalow

              The Bungalow

              5 Meeding Street, Plettenberg Bay
                 
                4.8
                of 5, from 5 reviews
                5.0 out of 5.0

                Nestled on the beach, this Plettenberg Bay bed & breakfast is just steps from Old Timber Shed and Plettenberg Bay Beach. St Peters Anglican Church and Radical Raptors are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Plett Beachfront Accommodation AU$112
                Plett Beachfront Accommodation

                Plett Beachfront Accommodation

                Hopwood Street, Plettenberg Bay
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 15 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the beach, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Plettenberg Bay Beach, Old Timber Shed, and St Peters Anglican Church. Radical Raptors and Robberg Nature Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).