Sunshine Coast (South Africa)

The Sunshine Coast is in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.


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The Sunshine Coast has more sunshine hours per year than any other part of South Africa. With plenty of charm, sun-drenched beaches, warm waters and quaint seaside villages, it makes a popular holiday destination. Watch the whales and dolphins play in the sparkling ocean and the Big 7 roam their natural habitat. The area boasts a wide variety of water sports, such as surfing, canoeing, skiing and an annual power boat race. Other activities for the adventurous include beach sports, fishing, golf, hiking trails, mountain biking and horse safaris. With miles of sun-drenched coastline, warm sparkling ocean and unspoiled beaches - the Sunshine Coast will enchant, entice and excite all who visit the area.

Get in

By plane

There are two airports located in close proximity to the Sunshine Coast. The East London and Port Elizabeth airports are both in close proximity.

By car

The Sunshine Coast is easily accessible by motorways from Cape Town (857km), Durban (702km), and Bloemfontein (587km). You could also drive in from Johannesburg (999km). The road conditions are fairly good if you are coming from any of these cities.

By bus

All major South African coach companies offer regular schedules to and from destinations like Addo.

Get around

By car

The N2 is the main route along the coast. While most of this road is in excellent condition, there are still some roadworks in the area.


There are plenty of amazing things to see and do around the Sunshine Coast. Whether you’re in the mood for something relaxing, action-packed or guided, there’s something to suit everyone’s tastes. So come and see for yourself, we are sure you will agree.

Kleinemonde – and the banks are crowded with indigenous vegetation and ancient cycads that only add to the already incredible atmosphere.


Warm water and clean barrels are synonymous with the Sunshine Coast which has a very popular surf break, namely East Beach. The persistent wind that blows here throughout the year also makes it one of the hottest spots on the international kite surfing circuit.

Boating & Water Skiing With long stretches of crystal-clean navigable rivers, boating and skiing are among the most popular past times found in the Sunshine Coast. The small boat harbour next to the Royal Alfred Marina in Port Alfred is home to private boats of all descriptions while the harbour houses all kinds of private ski boats, fishing boats, millionaires’ yachts, canoes and rafts.

Canoeing - Whether you’re into sea kayaking, canoeing, sailing, row boating, wildwater canoeing or surf skiing, the Sunshine Coast will surely cater for an invigorating experience.

Fishing - Whether you prefer reef, river, estuary, deep sea or coastal fishing, there are plenty of incredible locations within the Sunshine Coast to choose from. Port Alfred is famous for having the distinction of being the third largest “line fishing port” in South Africa.

Diving - The shores of the Sunshine Coast are host to the most unique diving experience in the Eastern Cape. This part of the coast is famous for soft coral reefs, numerous wrecks that dot the shores and the incredible “Lunar landing” where crayfish in the hundreds live and breed.

Horse & Hiking Trails - The Sunshine Coast boasts absolutely exquisite and picturesque terrains. Whilst modern advancements allow for such scenery to be viewed from the comfort of a 4x4, most prefer to explore this rugged beauty on foot. There are plenty of horse trails offering horseback rides at the shores of the sea, up rivers and on game reserve trails.

Golf - Famous Golf Courses in the region include The Royal Port Alfred Golf Course, The Fish River Sun Golf Course and the Green Fountain Farm Resort Driving Range

Game Viewing - The Sunshine Coast has no shortage of breathtakingly beautiful game reserves and lodges where nature lovers can unwind properly.

Stay safe

Useful Information For contact details for food and groceries, vehicles, home services, liquor, medical practitioners, nurseries & garden ervices, pharmacy, professional, cleaning, legal services, photography, security, timber decks, housing, health and beauty call the local or international telephone directory.

Local telephone directory: 1023 International telephone directory: 10903 Handy Travel Tips

Important Numbers Ambulance: 10177 or +27 46 624-4240

Port Alfred Police: 10111 or +27 46 604-2001

Kenton Police: 10111 or +27 46 648-1222

Fire Station: +27 46 624-1111 or +27 46 624-1140

National Sea Rescue Institute: +27 82 990-5971

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