Plett, not just a summer destination

Written by AmakayaBP

Plettenberg Bay has recently been tagged as the “Hamptons of South Africa” and for good reason. Every summer the local and international Jet Set descend on our small, coastal town with their polo ponies and jet skies, their chefs and their private planes. It’s a good life: days spent on the beach or by the pool, evenings at hyper-stylish music festivals and after-parties – a non-stop celebration of summer. Mere mortals also make the most of Plett Summer by taking part in sporting events, hiking and biking, paddling and surfing, and just generally lapping up the lovely sun in our most beautiful of South African destinations.

But let us paint another picture that is a bit different, but just as appealing. As the new year rolls around, Plettenberg Bay slowly empties out as loaded cars hit the road and Cemair works overtime ferrying people back to Cape Town and Johannesburg. The town breathes a slight sigh of exhausted relief and then gets ready for the off-season – a time of adventure, a time of natural wonder, laughter, food, wine, and culture. This is when you get to see the real Plett: to explore its hidden wonders, meet the locals and really unwind in South Africa’s favourite seaside town of Plettenberg Bay. It’s so much more than a summer destination and here’s why: 


Plettenberg Bay’s greatest gift is our beaches and natural surroundings, including six international Blue Flag beaches, a walking festival (Garden Route Walking Festival), hikes, mountain biking trails and more – all positioned to show off Plett’s incredible natural beauty. Coupled with this, a number of unique adventure activities including the famous Bloukrans bungy jump, ocean kayaking, swimming with seals and canyoning. We then add a Big Five Game Reserve, popular animal sanctuaries, Monkeyland and Birds of Eden and you’re ready for an unforgettable action-packed Plett holiday.


Plettenberg Bay has a thriving art, music and performing arts community. Many fresh, young designers and musicians call KwaNokuthula their home and this suburb is a hotspot of fabulous music and fashion events in Plettenberg Bay. Plett’s arts & culture community comes together for the Plett Arts Festival, showcasing Plett’s fashion-forward 24 Hour Reunion, the Plett Music Festival and the unique Plett Food Film Festival during the months of June & July.


We’re sure that you know that Plettenberg Bay has a wine farm, or two. In fact, Plett is a Wine of Origin region with 16 producing wine farms and two distinct wine routes: Redford Road and Harkerville.  The region is known for award-winning bubblies and sublime Sauvignon Blancs. Many of the wine farms now have restaurants attached, each unique and offering mouthwatering pairings. There are a number of ways to explore the Plett Winelands including a tour with Plett Wine Tours, by mountain bike, by horse or horse & carriage. There’s something to suit everyone. The Plett Wine & Bubbly Festival, which takes place in October, brings some of the areas best elements: wine, food, music and ocean views together for one magical weekend.

The bottom line is this: while Plett Summer is unbeatable for those who enjoy the buzz of holiday season, there is something for everyone in Plettenberg Bay throughout the year! Don’t delay book your mid-year holiday today.