15 Photos that will make you want to locate your chill in Plettenberg Bay

It’s no secret that 2016 has been a bit of a shocker of a year – for everyone. But, with only 10 days left of the year, and South African summer well upon us, it’s time to relocate the zen before diving head first into the New Year.

While Cape Town is certainly one of the most beautiful cities that I’m lucky enough to call home, come December, my family and I high tail it to the (mostly) peace and quiet of Plettenberg Bay before the hordes of holiday-makers descend on the Mother City. Granted, Plettenberg Bay is also a popular destination for a summer holiday by the sea, for local and international tourists alike. It’s not hard to imagine why this is so, considering the endless stretches of beaches, warmer oceans, hiking and cycling trails for days and a booming foodie culture. Even the party-scene in Plett is a-buzz, with local artists and DJs touring along the Garden Route for the summer season.

But, we stay on the Keurbooms River – well away from the crowds, but close enough to the town to not feel too isolated from the festive buzz. And this is exactly where I’ll be spending the next 5/6 weeks of the summer – with family, and friends that feel like family – lolling on the beach, catching a tan and letting go of the stresses of the past year. Besides for the usual beach-bummery, look out for posts from my adventures, featuring anything from secret swims in undiscovered rock pools to kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding on the river, hiking trails and soaking up the good life at local wineries, restaurants and my favourite ice-cream shop. Plett holds a very special place in my heart, and I can’t wait to share a slice of it with you.

For now, to give youย a taste of summer spent in my version of paradise, here are 15 photos that will make you want to get out of the city and locate your chill in Plettenberg Bay RIGHT NOW.

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Breakfast with a view is the best way to kickstart your morning – homemade granola, papaya and fresh yoghurt from the local dairy.
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An afternoon of SUP’ing (stand-up paddle boarding) is incomplete without a dip in the river to cool off afterwards.
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Calm before the storm of boat’s hitting the beaches on the lagoon for the day.
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Meandering on the Keurbooms Beach towards the river mouth with my mom…
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…and finding pansy shells/treasures from the sea on the way.
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A morning dip in crystal clear (secret) rock pools…stay tuned and I may hint where to find this particular pool.
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Coffee flavoured ice cream no doubt – with the addition of cookies and cream, since I was feeling adventurous.
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Sundowners ft. wine and gin and tonic, shared with friends visiting my second home for the first time.
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We head to the river almost every evening in Plett, to watch the sun set while enjoying drinks and catching up on the day’s events
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Holidays are all about indulgence, and indulge in PIZZA I will do! This beauty (chicken, feta, pepperdew and avo) is from Cornuti, a well known family restaurant in Plett.
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Watching the sun set from the river is the best, but strolling along Hobie beach as the sun rises is just as magical – pop in to Le Cafeteria (in the Main Beach parking lot) for breakfast afterwards.
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Nature’s Valley is a good half an hour drive out of Plettenberg Bay, but the deserted feel of these wild, rocky beaches is well worth it.
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I love to start my day with a hike in the Robberg Nature Reserve – I’ve done it countless times and enjoy it more and more each time.
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Ocean views from the Robberg hike – look carefully on a clear day and you may spot a shark/stingray-shaped shadow.
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This is an oldie, but a goodie, since it captures all the summer feels for me – lazy afternoons wallowing in the river at low tide, after a morning of suntanning and SUP’ing (it’s a tough life).

Hope you enjoyed this post, and are feeling super zen. Until next time xx

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