Bluewater Bay (The Mouth)

Continent
Africa
Country
South Africa
Next Big City
Port Elizabeth
Next Town
Bluewater Bay
 
Type:
Ocean, Lagoon, River Mouth
Rider Ability:
Beginner, Intermediate, Expert
Features:
Rescue, Shower, Toilet, Food, Parking

Water

Type:
Chop, Small wave, Medium wave
Hazards:
Animals, None
Quality:
Crystal clear
Best Tide:
High tide

You can stay in the mouth of the river and in the lagoon for nice flat water or you can take the waves on an big swell in the back for high air jumps, waves not too big, not too much white water, but you see sharks every once in a while, luckily they are not bothered.

Beach

Type:
Sand
Size:
Medium
Hazards:
Rocks
Beach Users:
None

Nice soft sand with no pebbles, rocks only at one spot of the mouth of the river, but easily avoidable, huge beach, 5km of open space, 80meters wide and hardly any people on the beach.

Wind

Best Months:
January, February, March, November, December
Wind Type:
Thermal
Best Direction:
NE, SSW, SW
Main Direction:
NE, SW, WSW, W

It's almost always windy in summer time, November to March, very strong conditions with the wind normally peaking at 3-4pm, it is a great spot for windsurfers as well as the wind loves to blow gale force plenty of times, Port Elizabeth is one of the windiest cities if not the windiest in the world. The NE and SW are both constant, with the low pressure being the SW and the high pressure being the NE.



How to get there

Transport
Car
Access
Short walk

Fly to Port Elizabeth Airport. Only 15min drive north on N2, take exit Bluewater bay. Cheap car rental possible.

Extra information

Rules
None

Lovely, no fees, nothing, just take care with the offshore wind, and also the sharks, but I`ve been kitesurfing and windsurfing here for 10 years, they are very relaxed.

Nightlife

Pretty pumping in Port Elizabeth, with 2 universities and the pubs mostly busy all week. Must see: Toby Joe`s, Barneys, Beach front pubs, sport pubs.