Beach fun and safety tips for the holidays

  • 26 December 2014 | By Leanne Pohlmann

Nelson Mandela Bay, with 40km of pristine coastline and warm sea temperatures, is a popular choice for beachgoers throughout the year.

The northern beaches are popular for angling and swimming owing to the vast stretch of dunes and sandy beaches. These include Brighton Beach, St George’s Strand and Bluewater Bay. Families in particular enjoy the paddling pool and waterslides at Wells Estate.

Fishing along the coast is a favourite pastime for many. Photo courtesy of Flowcomm 

The southern beaches form part of the main beachfront area and include Humewood Beach, Hobie Beach and Pollock Beach. They are the more popular choice for water sports such as surfing, sailing, windsurfing and scuba diving. The most popular swimming beach is King’s Beach.

People frolicking in the water. Photo courtesy of Flowcomm 

Port Elizabeth’s two Blue Flag beaches are Humewood Beach and King's Beach. The international Blue Flag is awarded annually to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards.

Many thousands of visitors flock to this part of the Sunshine Coast over the festive season. To ensure that it is a fun and safe time for all, please take note of the following important contact numbers, and the beach tips that follow:

  • Sea rescue: 112
  • NSRI (Port Elizabeth): 021 585 6011
  • Ambulance: 10177
  • Police: 10111

Only swim in designated bathing areas and always obey the lifeguards.

Apply a high protection sunscreen regularly throughout the day and try to avoid being in the direct sunshine between 12pm and 2pm.

Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and remember that no alcohol is allowed on the beaches.

A stretch of the Port Elizabeth coastline. Photo courtesy of Flowcomm 

Enjoy the fun in the sun, but be safe out there.

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