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Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth (PE for short) fringes Algoa Bay at the western end of the Sunshine Coast, and offers many good bathing beaches, great surf spots and excellent water sports. Marine life in the bay is also sensational, with plenty of dolphins and whales that can be spotted throughout the year. The city centre, once a place to avoid, has started to smarten up thanks to a few urban regeneration projects, and it boasts numerous heritage buildings that are well worth a gander.

PE is also a convenient gateway to destinations in either direction along the coast, as well as to the eastern Karoo.

Top attractions

These are our favorite local haunts, touristy spots, and hidden gems throughout Port Elizabeth.

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