St Francis Bay, on the Eastern Cape coast of South Africa, has come a long way in the past 50 years. Areas consist of the Canals, the Village, Santareme and Port St Francis. Whereas the Canals and the Village feature mostly thatched homes, Santareme features Spanish and Tuscan style homes. Port St Francis is the most recent property development and features marina flats, townhouses and lots of restaurants, shops and hotels in close proximity.
For those who love the great outdoors, St Francis offers some of the best water sports options in SA. Whether it is Surfing, kayaking, water skiing, fishing or just cruising on the canals on your jetski or boat, St Francis has something for everyone. Some of the best golf courses in the region are in the town and Addo elephant park as well as some other leading game parks are close by. Local Sporting Activities: Horse riding on sandy beaches - sailing - surfing world famous waves - dune surfing - sand boarding - kite surfing - wind surfing - swimming - tennis - fishing - deep sea fishing - big game fishing - cycling - kayaking - whale watching - diving - walks & birding.
Nowhere in the whole of South Africa will you find a village as pleasing to the eye, as St Francis Bay. It defies description, and has to be seen to be believed. The village has evolved out of the vision of a man with an eye for aesthetics. Leighton Hulett started the town from a fishing camp of thatched rondavels, and friends who came to stay were so enchanted with the place, that they asked to be able to buy a piece of ground to build a place of their own.
His insistence on a specific style of architecture, preserving character, ensured the development of a village that is quite unique. And thus the township was born. It is no ordinary town but a harmonious blend of black and white homes, set against a background of azure sea, linked by canals to a wide river, white beaches and gentle greenery. It needs no artificial aids to beauty as the architecture provides a charm exuded by no other place. A Mediterranean section maintains the special quality of the village with its warm coloured walls and red roofs. Come and experience what St Francis Bay has to offer. You'll be sure to return again and again.