Plettenberg Bay is a focal point of the Garden Route and although the town itself is uninspiring, the surrounding area, particularly around the Crags and Nature's Valley offers spectacular remote beaches and beautiful rural mountains, forest and farmland. There are several superb rural lodges which serve as an idyllic base to explore the area for 3-5 days. The beaches on the Garden Route are more suited to adventure and wave worshippers than sun bathers, but there is plenty of scope for days spent playing in the surf, body-boarding and visiting one of the many attractions in the area. Plettenberg Bay can serve as a central base to explore the whole Garden Route area.
The town’s hot season typically lasts from November to March, with January the warmest month of the year. July’s both the coolest and driest month of the year, while March is more often than not the wettest. Generally speaking, the town’s climate is favourable year-round, with not too much rainfall compared with other places along the Garden Route and quite warm temperatures. The town itself has a good line-up of places to stay, but if your heart isn't set on staying near the beah, then we prefer to recommend the lodges set within the beautiful surrounding countryside.
There’s a plethora of activities available both in the town itself and nearby. For adrenaline junkies, there’s the chance to go skydiving, tackle some thrilling mountain biking routes or even go bungee jumping at one of the world’s highest commercial jump bridges. There are also plenty of water-based activities available, from kayaking and scuba diving, to body boarding and surfing. Boat trips to the Robberg Nature Reserve are readily available, as are seasonal whale watching expeditions. Many also enjoy visiting Knysna Elephant Park, Tenikwa Wildlife Awareness Centre (nr Plettenberg Bay), Birds of Eden (nr Plettenberg Bay) and Monkeyland (nr Plettenberg Bay). We recommend taking a day to visit the stunning Tsitsikamma National Park.