Within a matter of minutes, you can go from beach-to-brunch-to-business without any trouble.
Port Elizabeth, most commonly known as the Friendly City, or PE, can also be referred to as the 15 minute city, as leisure and business travellers regularly indulge in this hassle-free lifestyle.
1. COFFEE SHOP CONFESSION
Whether your favourite is a good ol’ cappuccino, a flat white or an espresso; a coffee fix at one of PE's vibrant cafes is guaranteed. Every successful day starts with a great cup of coffee and with a cafe on almost every corner, you're in good hands.
2. PORT ELIZABETH BEACHFRONT
The Port Elizabeth beachfront, with its Blue Flag Status, is the Golden Boy of attractions. It allows visitors to dive right into adventures, such as body surfing, snorkelling, and windsurfing. For the more laid-back visitor, the beachfront is the perfect spot for a sunset walk and a great spot to dip into the local arts and culture scene.
Retail therapy is a must when on holiday and with the multiple shopping centres and markets in the area, it makes the experience so much more exciting. Walmer Park, centrally located and easily accessible, is definitely a must.
Whether you are into casual or fine dining, the Port Elizabeth food scene has something for everyone. If your taste buds are tingling for a Smashburger at RocoMamas, a char-grilled steak at Blue Waters Café or an authentic Greek dish at La Kouzina then you are in the right city. More recommendations: Angelos Café, Chingada’s Mexican Cantina, and SUKI Sushi & Asian Cuisine.
Fancy a round while visiting the city? With more than one course in the area be sure to tee up a time to enjoy a round or two.
If you are into wellness and relaxation and believe that a spa session is equal to a week-long holiday, then do yourself a favour and book a treatment at one of the well know spas in the area. Known as a “Place of Peace”, Shambala Wellness Spa will leave you relaxed and revitalised, while The Camelot Spa will refresh and redefine your wellness experience.
7. KEEPING THE LITTLE ONES BUSY
Port Elizabeth is the ideal destination when it comes to family holidays as it offers something for old and young alike. Keeping the little ones busy when on holiday has never been this easy - whether they are into ice-skating, or something a bit more educational such as visiting SANCCOB, they will be entertained.
8. SUNSET CRUISE
Take in the beauty of the Friendly City from a totally different angle. A leisurely sunset cruise accompanied by bottlenose dolphins and Cape fur seals is the ideal way to end a busy day.
9. THE DONKIN RESERVE
This historic landmark overlooks the city and offers magnificent views of the Port Elizabeth Harbour. It's filled with culture and history and after a recent revamp is very popular amongst visitors.
10. PAINTING THE TOWN RED
Can you think of a better way to end the day? If you are into live music, good food, craft beers, and heavenly cocktails, a night out in Port Elizabeth should be on your hot list. With most of the best hang-out spots within walking distance from each other, a night out can be completely stress-free.