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Popular amenities for Plettenberg Bay vacation rentals

Stay near Plettenberg Bay's top sights

Beacon Island Resort30 locals recommend
Goose Valley Golf Club14 locals recommend
The Fat Fish155 locals recommend
Keurbooms Lagoon3 locals recommend
The Lookout Deck135 locals recommend
Old Nick Village116 locals recommend

Quick stats about vacation rentals in Plettenberg Bay

  • Total rentals

    1.4K properties

  • Rentals with a pool

    780 properties have a pool

  • Pet-friendly rentals

    180 properties allow pets

  • Family-friendly rentals

    980 properties are a good fit for families

  • Total number of reviews

    26K reviews

  • Nightly prices starting at

    $10 before taxes and fees

Your guide to Plettenberg Bay

All About Plettenberg Bay

Commonly referred to by locals as Plett, Plettenberg Bay is a coastal town with some of the most spectacular coastline and indigenous forests in South Africa. Sparkling white sand, craggy mountains, and cerulean oceans all converge close to where the Eastern Cape meets its western counterpart. The ocean is a major draw in this region. People come from all over to swim, surf, fish, and go boating.

The town is a stop on South Africa’s famous Garden Route, which combines lush vineyards, jewel-toned protea, and rugged coastline. Plettenberg Bay has two main beaches: Keurbooms Beach to the north, known for its crystal-blue lagoon, and the Robberg Peninsula to the south, distinguished by its steep cliffs and rocky shores. After a day on the water, hop in a car and cruise along to Knysna for a scenic boat trip or take a ride to Mossel Bay for a picturesque round of golf.

The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Plettenberg Bay

An ideal time to book accommodations in Plettenberg Bay is between December and April. This period is South Africa’s summer and early fall, and temperatures in Plettenberg Bay are at their balmiest with beautiful ocean breezes to match. The evenings are not as chilly as they are in winter, and the ocean is warm and perfect for surfing. Annual events to watch out for during these times include an inflatable boat competition and the Watercourse History Festival in February, which hosts a wide variety of presentations and showcases South African history, from ancient archaeology to artifacts and archived videos and photographs.

Top things to do in Plettenberg Bay

Robberg Nature Reserve

Robberg Nature Reserve is a coastal World Heritage site famed for its rock formations — some dating back as far as 120 million years ago to the time of the supercontinent Gondwanaland — and its caves, which are home to artifacts and remnants of Stone Age inhabitants. The reserve also boasts striking coastal vistas and a scenic trail for hiking.

Old Nick Village

What was once a 19th-century farm complex now houses a shopping center, gardens, and an event space. Most of the buildings that make up the complex were built in the 1880s, but the insides have been lovingly restored into beautiful, sustainable shops where local artists sell their work. You’ll find unique home decor, contemporary African-style clothing and accessories, pottery, and African artwork. At the Mungo Mill, you can learn about and purchase South African textiles that are made on site.

Lookout Beach

Lookout Beach is one of Plettenberg’s best-known beaches, not only for the sapphire blue waters of the Keurbooms Lagoon but also for its circular beach-walking trail and its gently sloping sand dunes. Lookout Beach is also home to one of the most acclaimed restaurants in the Plettenberg area, which serves up stunning fresh seafood.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is the weather in Plettenberg Bay?

    Plettenberg Bay has a mild climate, with temperatures ranging from 15°C to 28°C (59°F to 82°F) in summers, and 7°C to 20°C (45°F to 68°F) in winters. Rain can occur throughout the year, but is most frequent in the winter months.

  • What are some of the best things to do in Plettenberg Bay?

    In Plettenberg Bay, explore the marine life at Ocean Blue Adventures, discover unique creatures at Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre, or enjoy a scenic hike in the Robberg Nature Reserve. The beaches also provide plenty of water-based activities.

  • What is the best time of year to visit Plettenberg Bay?

    The summer months of December to February are frequently suggested for a visit to Plettenberg Bay. During these months, events such as the Plett Summer Festival and the Sabrina Love Ocean Challenge take place, attracting many visitors.

  • What are the best places to stay in Plettenberg Bay?

    In Plettenberg Bay, popular areas to stay include Central Beach, with its proximity to popular attractions, and Robberg, known for wildlife, beaches, and nature reserves. The Poortjies area, close to the lagoon, is also favoured by many.

  • What are the best places to visit in Plettenberg Bay?

    Plettenberg Bay has many popular places to visit. Some include Robberg Nature Reserve, Birds of Eden, and the Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve. The beaches, such as Central Beach and Lookout Beach, are also frequently visited.

  • What are some hiking trails in Plettenberg Bay?

    Plettenberg Bay offers several hiking trails for all fitness levels. The Robberg Nature Reserve Trail is popular for its coastal views, while the Harkerville Forest offers a lush, shaded hike. The Garden of Eden Forest Walk is also recommended for its accessible paths.

  • What are some family activities to do in Plettenberg Bay?

    Plettenberg Bay is often recommended for family activities such as visiting Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary, exploring the marine life at Plettenberg Bay Game Reserve, and enjoying the outdoors at Adventure Land Water Park or on a family-friendly hike on the Robberg Nature Reserve Trail.

  • What are some of the best day trip ideas in Plettenberg Bay?

    For day trips from Plettenberg Bay, guests often head to Tsitsikamma National Park for hiking and bungee jumping. The Elephant Sanctuary, the picturesque town of Knysna, and the Garden Route National Park are also within a day's trip.

  • Are there Plettenberg Bay vacation rentals on Airbnb with pools?

    Yes! Dive into the perfect getaway at one of over 780 vacation homes with pools in Plettenberg Bay, available on Airbnb. Make a splash and soak up the sun in style!

  • Are there pet-friendly vacation rentals in Plettenberg Bay?

    Four-legged friends are welcome in Plettenberg Bay. Choose from more than 180 vacation rentals for guests traveling with pets.

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