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Port Alfred Introduction

Port Alfred is dubbed "The Heart of the Sunshine Coast". It has come a long way from being the simple fishing community that its English settlers had imagined it to be. Today, it's an upscale holiday destination on the mouth of Kowie River. Its long stretches of beach kissed by the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are irresistible to visiting sun worshippers. Port Alfred is also home to an artists' enclave and a top destination for birdwatchers and foodies.

Hotels in Port Alfred

Accommodation in Port Alfred is generally in the form of upscale guesthouses and boutique hotels with access to the waterfront. You can expect these high-end properties to provide topnotch amenities and services; they typically offer elegantly appointed guestrooms, fine dining restaurants, spa services and in-room childcare, as well as fitness and sports facilities, outdoor pools and picturesque outdoor areas. Some even have their own marinas to cater to their boating guests. You'll also find accommodation farther inland, nearer to the game reserves, and mostly made up of guest lodges. These picks often feature facilities that are just as luxurious as those of beachfront options.

Where to stay

You'll find many of Port Alfred's lodging options in West Bank. This neighbourhood is adjacent to the town centre and its shopping and dining venues. It also has easy access to the beach and to the Kowie River. East Bank also enjoys the same advantages. It's right beside the town centre and its attractions. While staying in this area will only give you limited access to the beach, it does have other features that make it just as attractive as West Bank. Some of the riverfront hotels here have their own marinas. There are also guest lodges around Waters Meeting Nature Reserve, which are ideal if you want to enjoy your holiday in complete privacy.

Things to see

Port Alfred's beachfront is its main attraction. Its beaches are great for swimming, thanks to the Indian Ocean's warm waters. Collecting seashells is a favourite activity among children and adults alike. To date, there have been 1,800 different kinds of shells identified. Port Alfred owes its existence to the Kowie River. The Kowie River meanders through the town and flows out to the Indian Ocean. It attracts water birds and is important to maintaining the land's fertility. Waters Meeting Nature Reserve is located where the Kowie River makes a U-shaped bend, thus the name "Waters Meeting". This reserve is highly underrated. If you love to hike but are not a fan of crowds, you'll be thrilled at the solitude you will enjoy here. If you're into golf, Port Alfred has 2 amazing golf courses where you can challenge yourself. One is the links-type Royal Port Alfred Golf Club; the other is the parkland-type Fish River Country Club.

How to get to Port Alfred

Flying is one of the ways you can get to Port Alfred. While Port Alfred doesn't have a commercial airport, the nearby cities of East London and Port Elizabeth do. You can fly to either of these cities and then simply take the shuttle service from their respective airports to Port Alfred. Alternatively, you can rent a car from the airport and drive yourself. Port Alfred is 133 kilometres or an hour and a half from East London. Port Elizabeth, on the other hand, is 153 kilometres or a 2-hour drive away. Both routes use the R72 road.