St Francis Bay Tourism

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St Francis Bay (Afrikaans: St Francisbaai) is a holiday village in Sarah Baartman District Municipality in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa, roughly one hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth. On 11 November 2012 a fire destroyed 76 homes in the mostly thatched roofed town. The building style of the village includes white painted houses with black roofs (either thatch or tiled roofs) on the canals or around the golf course, or a Mediterranean building style in Santareme and Port St Francis. The Kromme River is navigable for 10 km upstream, and is linked to the St Francis canals system. Whales can be spotted in the Bay from May to late October and dolphins can be seen daily on their way back and forth between the bays of Cape St Francis and Jeffrey’s Bay. The Cape clawless otter is also ever present, frolicking in the waves and rock pools around Port St Francis and at Otters Landing. Bird life is abundant with over 200 species recorded in the area including the rare African oystercatcher and fish eagle. Port St Francis includes a commercial and recreational harbour, built to host the squid industry freezing vessels, as well as a small harbour resort village. It lies in a sheltered nook of the bay and provides a safe anchorage for the boats, pleasure craft, and oceangoing yachts. St Francis Field is an airpark close to the Port that caters for those who wish to fly in. Cape St Francis, a rustic fishing village, sits adjacent to St Francis Bay. Popular for surfing at Seal Point, its beautiful stretch of beach and the historic lighthouse, built in 1878. Walking trails wind along the rocky coast, through the Irma Booysen Floral Reserve, and along the Cape St Francis point links it to the village of St Francis Bay. Cape St Francis is 8 km from Thyspunt, the preferred site for South Africa's next nuclear power station.


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Facts and Stats for St Francis Bay*

  • St Francis Bay: Crime and Safety

    How safe is St Francis Bay for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in St Francis Bay.

    • Burglary and Theft 87.5 (Very High)
    • Mugging and Robbery 87.5 (Very High)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 12.5 (Very Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 50 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 100 (Very High)
    • Attacks 62.5 (High)
    • Drug offense 100 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 87.5 (Very High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 87.5 (Very High)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 62.5 (High)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 75 (High)
  • Living in St Francis Bay - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 30.47 (Low)
    • Climate Index 98.75 (Very High)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in St Francis Bay

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in St Francis Bay

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.15 USD
    • International Movie per seat 4.18 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 39.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 100.21 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 62.59 USD

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