Port Elizabeth’s Hobie beach is considered one of the best on the so-called “Sunshine Coast”, which sounds like a glowing endorsement to me! Apparently, along with mild winters, there are more sunny days over this way than anywhere else in South Africa.
Whilst Hobie beach doesn’t have the Blue Flag award some of its neighbours do, it has everything else - and more. A big stretch of beautiful golden sand, the clear blue of the Indian Ocean and the only pier in the bay. Shark Rock pier is a great spot to take in the view but is best known amongst anglers who flock here to cast a line. There are plenty of fish about and Hobie is a popular scuba diving location due to its clear water, colourful reefs and a few wrecks to explore further offshore.
The beach backs onto Marine Drive which has loads of facilities - everything from showers to children’s playgrounds and plenty of parking too. Hobie is a great family beach with plenty of intersting rock pools to keep the kids occupied along with a seasonal lifeguard service. A firm favourite for swimming and all kinds of watersports the beach is the location of the popular “Splash Festival” in March/April which features beach volleyball, windsurfing and kite-surfing.
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