Port Elizabeth CBD Holidays - Eastern Cape Tourism, Western Region
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In the busy Eastern Cape town of Port Elizabeth, there's a lot going on in the heart of the PE CBD. Ongoing development that will enhance urban renewal and the viability of PE CBD, plans to make Port Elizabeth one of the most popular towns in the Eastern Cape. PE CBD is the 'engine' of growth from which the surrounding Port Elizabeth area towns benefit, offering tourists to Nelson Mandela Bay an all encompassing Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape holiday destination. Although PE CBD is not the ideal Port Elizabeth area to frequent for a holiday, it is perhaps more conveniently suited to sales reps or persons who specifically wish to be in the central business district of Port Elizabeth.
The CBD is in close proximity to many PE suburbs for accommodation and attractions that will suit the sports fanatic and beach lover, as Port Elizabeth stretches for 16km along the Eastern Cape shores of the fabulous Algoa Bay, making PE a great water sports destination, offering visitors an impressive variety of 'fun in the sun' activity. In this Eastern Cape mecca, holiday makers will find exceptional windsurfing, fishing and scuba diving, with PE's Algoa Bay hailed as one of the best sailing venues in the world. Famous for having the fourth best weather of any coastal city in the world, Port Elizabeth (PE) is renowned for its beautiful beaches, such as St Georges Beach which boasts the much sought after Blue Flag status, as well as the very popular Port Elizabeth King's Beach with its kiosks, restaurants, mini golf and go-kart track, making it ideal family fun. Enjoy almost any water sport you can think of at PE Hobie Beach, known as one of the best beaches in the Eastern Cape, or relax at Port Elizabeth's Humewood Beach which is quieter, and offers lots of shade for the sun-shy visitor.
Port Elizabeth offers the golf lover 3 superb 18 hole golf courses to choose from:
Walmer Country Club is the Port Elizabeth course which is a genuine challenge to the amateur golfer. With thick coastal bush, tree lined fairways and the notorious Port Elizabeth winds, this Eastern Cape course can be a handful to most golfers. Port Elizabeth Golf Club, commonly known as 'The Hill, is one of South Africa’s oldest, with emphasis placed on good food and entertainment, and of course golf! Then lying further south is Humewood Golf Club with its wide and undulating fairways, fast greens and thick coastal bush is a must for any golfer visiting the friendly Eastern Cape city of Port Elizabeth.
Port Elizabeth's combination of eco-attractions and adventure make it one of the Eastern Cape's top tourism getaways, sure to provide visitors to Port Elizabeth with endless hours of entertainment. A multitude of attractions include the PE race track, a massive bouquet of Port Elizabeth museums to choose from, nature reserves, hiking trails, an aquarium, lion park, a casino and a variety of historical and cultural attractions.
Things to see and do near Port Elizabeth CBD:
- Situated near Port Elizabeth CBD (1.2 km from Port Elizabeth CBD) is St Georges Park, 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, a wonderful botanical garden.
- The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum (1.2 km from Port Elizabeth CBD), showcases collections of South African art (particularly Eastern Cape art), British art, international printmaking and Oriental art (including Indian miniatures and Chinese textiles).
- No 7 Castle Hill (1.8 km from PE CBD), is regarded as one of the finest and oldest surviving settler cottages in Port Elizabeth, which became a folk museum in the 1960's, and was proclaimed as a historical museum on 1962.
- Proudly standing at the drum of the Great Flag at the Port Elizabeth Donkin Reserve (1.9 km from PE CBD), is the Nelson Mandela Voting Line Sculpture, 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.
- Port Elizabeth is in the unique position of being on the Indian Ocean, as well as in 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 Addo Elephant Park, the third largest national park in South Africa.
For the energetic, walk the Guinea Fowl Trail located in the Baakens River Valley, Port Elizabeth, which is excellent for bird watching; enjoy thrilling entertainment at the Algoa Grand Prix Indoor Go-Kart Racing in Port Elizabeth, Sydenham; rent a bike and ride along the Port Elizabeth beach front; avoid the sand at McArthur Baths Swimming Pool Complex situated on PE King’s Beach promenade
Also visit Eastern Cape towns near Port Elizabeth CBD:
Port Elizabeth, Glendinningvale - 36 minutes south from PE CBD
Port Elizabeth, Humerail - 37 minutes south of PE CBD
Port Elizabeth, Mill Park - 38 minutes south from PE CBD
Port Elizabeth, Humewood - 39 minutes south of PE CBD
Port Elizabeth, Walmer - 40 minutes south of PE CBD
Port Elizabeth, Summerstrand - 42 minutes south of PE CBD
Essential Port Elizabeth Information:
Contact Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism on tel: +27 (0)41 582 2575 to learn about all there is to do in PE.
PE AA Emergency Breakdown: Tel: +27 (0) 83 843 22
PE Fire Brigade: Tel: +27 (0) 41 585 1555
PE Ambulance: Tel: 10 177
PE Netcare Greenacres Hospital Emergency Unit: Tel: +27 (0) 41 390 7120
PE Police Flying Squad: Tel: 10 111
PE Weather Office: Tel: +27 (0) 82 231 1624
Guest visit to Port Elizabeth CBD
"The first mission was to find accommodation in Port Elizabeth. I gathered that the new name for the Port Elizabeth area is now Nelson Mandela Bay, but apparently Nelson Mandela Bay hasn't quite taken off yet, and Port Elizabeth accommodation is still the more user-friendly search phrase.
We searched for the self catering accommodation in Port Elizabeth option, but found very little accommodation of interest.
As we were playing golf at Port Elizabeth Golf Club, or also known as The Hill Golf Club, we decided to search through the various nearby suburbs under the Port Elizabeth Bed and Breakfast category.
The Port Elizabeth CBD seemed like a waste of time and offered very little in the way of accommodation or entertainment. This consisted mainly of offices, and was a no-no for a holiday in PE.
The most popular area seemed like Summerstrand.
Bed and Breakfasts in Summerstrand were plentiful and mostly of a very high standard.
The promenade was fantastic and had stacks of great restaurants and of course the much sought after Boardwalk Casino....... we lost a few bucks at the casino, but it was much fun.
The Port Elizabeth Golf Club was closer to Mill Park, and we were very lucky to find a Bed and Breakfast in Mill Park (King George's Guest House) which was a really nice 4-star Bed and Breakfast and just around the corner from the golf club.
We found Port Elizabeth ( or Nelson Mandela Bay ) to be a really nice clean city and all the little suburbs like Summerstrand, Mill Park, Humewood and Walmer offered great Hotels as well as Bed and Breakfast accommodation in the Port Elizabeth area.
We visited Jeffrey's Bay which was only an hour or so away, and loved the little "surfing town" - also worth popping into.
The PE Golf club was in fantastic condition and is a true test of golf.
Unfortunately we were rained out for our visit to Humewood Golf Club.
Options for Bed and Breakfasts in Humewood was also plentiful, and so was Self Catering accommodation in Humewood. Summerstrand accommodation would also have been very convenient for playing golf at Humewood.
All in all, the suburbs of PE were very tidy, much architectural history can be found in some of the very quaint Port Elizabeth Bed and Breakfasts.
Besides visiting one or two dodgy night spots, we found that there was more than enough entertainment on the Port Elizabeth beachfront to make for a very lekker holiday.
Thanks Port Elizabeth - Love your city!
- The Hackers
Guest visit to Port Elizabeth
Finding business guest house accommodation in Port Elizabeth
I was looking for last minute overnight accommodation in Port Elizabeth, and noticed that you had very little in the Port Elizabeth CBD, and I can see why - WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT !!
Luckily the suburbs of Port Elizabeth (or Nelson Mandela Bay) are full of bed and breakfast accommodation.
Blue Water Bay and Summerstrand accommodation are in my mind the ones to choose from. I stayed at Hobie Beach Guest House in Summerstrand and loved it
Next time I'll take my whole family and check out the self catering Port Elizabeth options
Thanks Where to Stay for showing great accommodation variations
Port Elizabeth Guest House accommodation Eastern Cape
We found the perfect bed and breakfast in Summerstrand, Port Elizabeth..........Beachwalk Bed and Breakfast
Well done to Clifford and Leane for spoiling us rotten.....4 star treatment as advertised!!
The was so much Port Elizabeth accommodation to choose from on Where to Stay, and we made the right choice. Close to the beach, close to everything
Review Port Elizabeth accommodation - Walmer Bed & Breakfast
Thanks Where to Stay - we found the ideal Port Elizabeth accommodation at a Walmer Bed and Breakfast called Sir Roy's B and B.
Very affordable 3 star P E accommodation
Thanks to Linda and Roy for wonderful Port Elizabeth hospitality and great Walmer accommodation.
Martin and Jill