If the thought of a family holiday or weekend away brings back nightmares of cramped hotel rooms, disgusting roadside food and the continual cries of: “Mom, I’m borrrrrrred”, then Plettenberg Bay is just the place to renew your faith in the family vacation.

Not only does Plett have a surprising variety of activities for kids of all ages, but our little coastal town is home to not one, but 6 international Blue Flag beaches, some of the most pristine in South Africa. The townspeople of Plettenberg Bay and the surrounding areas are fond of kids and you will find restaurants catering specifically to the special needs and wishes of children, activities to keep them busy and entertained, and accommodation to keep both kids and parents happy and relaxed. We have put together a list of some of Plett best-kept family secrets:

WHERE TO EAT, AND PLAY

BEACHES PLETTENBERG BAY

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When it comes to enjoying the beach, seasons don’t matter that much in Plett. The sun shines year-round and, as long as the sun is shining, it’s a good day for the beach! Plettenberg Bay’s six Blue Flag beaches are: Robberg 5, Lookout Beach, The Dunes Beach, Keurboomstrand, Singing Kettle and Nature’s Valley. Small children will enjoy Central Beach and Keurbooms Lagoon for calmer waters, and bodyboarders should visit the famous Wedge Beach. Whether you’re swimming, surfing, strolling, sunbathing or sandcastle building, Plett’s beaches provide awesome fun for the whole family. NOTE: swim only at beaches that are manned by lifeguards.  Find out more

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ADVENTURE LAND PLETT

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The ultimate in family fun, Adventure Land is located on a 24ha estate and is surrounded by natural forest. Families can relax on the manicured lawns or wooden decks, picnic or visit the kiosk, while they enjoy such entertainment as the 75m supertube, 2-lane racer slide, kamikaze slide, freefall slide, raging rapid tube ride, mini supertube, and a special kiddies pool and slides – you won’t be able to stay away! NOTE: Adventure Land is closed in the off-season, so do check before you head out.

OCEAN SAILING CHARTERS

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Summer or winter, everyone will love a sail around the bay with Ocean Sailing Charters. Winter visitors can expect a marine-mammal spectacle with dolphins, seals and whales on the menu, while summer visitors can snorkel, swim and sail while soaking up the sun. Private charters for the family are easily arranged. Find out more

JUKANI WILDLIFE SANCTUARY

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At Jukani, animal petting isn’t cool, it’s cruel. Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary is a part of the world-renowned South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) in Plettenberg Bay. SAASA is best known for their strict no-touch policy, while still providing visitors with a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Everyone in the family will learn something new as Jukani focuses on education and creating awareness about the plight of large predators in captivity all over the world. Their animals are 100% rescued. Find out more

PLETT GAME RESERVE

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Plett Game Reserve is the ideal opportunity to experience a Big Five safari while on a Garden Route beach holiday! The 2000ha reserve offers 4×4 and horseback safaris with the opportunity to view rhino, elephant, zebra, giraffe, lion, antelope, buffalo and much more. It’s a special wildlife experience, just outside Plettenberg Bay. Find out more

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THE TABLE RESTAURANT

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While many restaurants in Plettenberg Bay offer a kiddies menu, The Table Restaurant in Main Street has gone one step further and actually included the little ones in making their own food! On Tuesday nights, children get to roll, dress and eat their very own pizza creations. With a menu that includes wood-fired pizza, delicious pasta and an ever-expanding vegan menu, and a children’s play area too, The Table is a popular family choice for eating out. Find out more...

OFFTHEHOOK

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Those travelling with teenagers should stop in at Offthehook Café, at the Beacon Isle Centre. Offthehook, best known for their scrumptious seafood, offers a mouth-watering array of gourmet burgers with names such as “Firehouse Burger”, “Fish-O-Man” and “Mak-&-Cheese”. Even the hungriest of teenagers will find themselves spoiled for choice, and their parents will too! Find out more

MOBY DICK

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Take a load off and take in the scenery on Central Beach at Moby’s. With an eagle eye on the beach, parents of older children can relax and enjoy the views, while the kids paddle and play in the sand! Or stroll into Moby’s after a morning on the beach, sandy feet, beach bags and all! Best known for their seafood and grill, Moby Dick is open for breakfast from 08.30am through until dinner. Find out more

WHERE TO STAY

THE DUNES HOTEL & RESORT

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More than a hotel, the Dunes offers a variety of accommodation options, including chalets overlooking the Blue Flag, Dunes Beach. The Dunes is an ideal location for those long family holidays, with direct access to the beach, two swimming pools, two playrooms and lots of garden space – this is where childhood memories are made! Find out more

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SWALLOW’S NEST GUEST HOUSE

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Take some time away from daily chores by choosing a guesthouse or bed & breakfast like Swallow’s Nest, where children are very welcome! Swallow’s Nest is located in the heart of Plettenberg Bay, in the suburb of Poortjies, Swallow’s Nest is within easy, walking distance of Plett’s main shopping centre, Keurbooms Lagoon and Lookout Beach. Find out more

SELF-CATERING ACCOMMODATION

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Plett has any number of self-catering units for rental but there are certain things to consider when travelling with a family. An example of a great family unit is Little Stint, located in the secure complex of Marine View, within close proximity to both the town centre and local beaches. The complex swimming pool is enclosed and within view of the unit’s verandah. The unit has a variety of books and board-games for good old family fun, and boogie boards for some beach fun. Find more self-catering options