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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$219
Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2019
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The Plettenberg Hotel

The Plettenberg Hotel

40 Church Street, Garden Route, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
     
    4.6 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0

    Lovely hotel in a beautiful location with fantastic views over Plettenberg Bay. The staff were friendly and attentive. The rooms very good and excellent food.

    Milkwood Manor on Sea AU$78
    Reviewed on 14 Apr. 2019
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    Milkwood Manor on Sea

    Milkwood Manor on Sea

    Salmack Road, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
       
      4.6 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Amazing views. Spacious and comfortable rooms which are nicely decorated. Restaurant on site and another a five minute walk across the beach. We also saw dolphins from our balcony!

      Robberg Beach Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges AU$85
      Reviewed on 16 Apr. 2019
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      Robberg Beach Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges

      Robberg Beach Lodge - Lion Roars Hotels & Lodges

      89 Beachyhead Drive, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
         
        4.3 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0

        We have stayed several times and I always notice that the bathrooms do not have magnifying mirrors, as most upscale hotels do. It would make a difference to me.

        Bayview Hotel AU$75
        Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2019
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        Bayview Hotel

        Bayview Hotel

        Corner Main & Gibb Street, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
           
          3.8 of 5
          3.0 out of 5.0

          We had a “delux room”, which meant newly renovated. Very nice, bright, clean and modern. Room only had two small widows high up, and no air conditioning. The room was hot at night. A strong fan in the room did help. Staff were extremely friendly and helpful. Hotel is located right in the down town ...

          Ocean Watch Guest House AU$94
          Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2019
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          Ocean Watch Guest House

          Ocean Watch Guest House

          12 Perestrella Street, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
             
            4.8 of 5
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            Wonderful views all the way up the coast Clean, fresh and modern room Brilliant helpful staff

            Dolphin Circle Bed and Breakfast AU$60
            Dolphin Circle Bed and Breakfast

            Dolphin Circle Bed and Breakfast

            8 Rainbow Pl, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              Situated in the suburbs, this guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of St Peters Anglican Church and Plettenberg Bay Beach. Old Timber Shed and Radical Raptors are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Periwinkle Guest Lodge AU$247
              Reviewed on 7 Jan. 2018
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              Periwinkle Guest Lodge

              Periwinkle Guest Lodge

              75 Beachyhead Drive, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
                 
                4.8 of 5
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                Periwinkle and it's sister property, Scallop, offer you the loveliest of accommodations and so tastefully done .. the staff make you feel so welcome that it justs elevates your whole trip experience - excellent !

                The Bungalow AU$142
                Reviewed on 28 May 2017
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                The Bungalow

                The Bungalow

                5 Meeding Street, Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape
                   
                  4.8 of 5
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                  We arrived late in the afternoon, but the staff was willing to keep the kitchen open for us so we could eat (we declined but thought it was awesome!). Our room was small but gorgeous. The toilet and shower were located across the hall and was very well appointed. Lovely amenities. Staff couldn't ...