If you look at the map of South Africa's coastline - you'll easily spot the Cape Point we're so famous for, not to mention the gems of KwaZulu-Natal's Golden Mile Durban and Umhlanga on the East Coast.
Just past the equally beautiful Garden Route, somewhere in the middle, is where you'll find the friendly deliciousness of Port Elizabeth, or The Bay as it is often referred to.
But as the Friendly City's presence and popularity extends beyond just being a port city, it is fast developing into the Nelson Mandela Bay metropolis - rolling like a new kid on the block but still retaining an undiscovered charm - it calls locals and foreigners alike to stop in and chill for a bit.
Port Elizabeth has many attractions, including warm seas, welcoming townsfolk and markets. But wander a little further than the popular beaches and you’ll discover a few more hidden treasures. Spend a day at Sardinia Bay, swimming, snorkeling and sunbathing. You can certainly expect the crowds to be a bit thinner than in the other major cities.
It will be criminal if you don't spend at least one day sipping coffee at Hapoor Dam in the Addo Elephant National Park. The park is about 45 minutes from PE central and makes for the perfect day trip for game-viewing - just one of the enticing options from this Eastern Cape hangout.
Also don't forget Route62 links Port Elizabeth to Cape Town and is the perfect choice for those armed with a flask of coffee and no time limit on arriving at your final destination - but decidedly keen on exploring SA's lesser-known spots.
Keep an eye on the site for more on Cape Town and Joburg as we swing into the summer break.
The Traveller24 Team