Marine Drive on the Wildside

Marine Drive along the Port Elizabeth beachfront and the Wildside all the way out to Schoenmakerskop probably has some of the best scenery in PE. Sea views, a rugged coastline, gullies to enjoy with kids, fishing spots, coastal fynbos, shipwrecks, whales and dolphins, hiking trails, nature reserves, picnic spots, camp sites, tons of photo opportunities and so much more.

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Marine Drive

Marine Drive is the road that runs along the coastline from Humewood all the way to Schoenmakerskop. This view of Marine Drive is from the roof of the Marine Hotel and looks back towards town with Hobie Beach in the background.

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Willows Resort

The Willows is a legendary resort on Marine Drive close to Schoenmakerskop and generations of Port Elizabethans have spend weekends and holidays there. It was upgraded a couple of years ago and is a top class resort. The resort has self-catering chalets and a very nice camping area as well as conferencing facilities. Facilities for holiday makers include tidal pools, a super tube, volleyball, a games room and much more.

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Schoenies

Finally, your trip along Marine Drive gets you to the charming little village of Schoenmakerskop. (We featured the sun rising over the sea there last week. )And, if you are lucky, you can enjoy a lazy brunch at the Sacramento restaurant, overlooking the beautiful coastline, and, in the right season, watching whales playing around nearby.

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Marine Drive Morning

Carrying on along Marine Drive, this section of the coast from Shelly Beach to Schoenmakerskop is rugged and rocky. It is always beautiful, but if you happen to be there at the right time of the day it is really stunning!

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Anyone for a skinny dip?

Continuing along Marine Drive, shortly after you pass the Rifle Range featured yesterday, you round a bend in the road, and come across a car park looking back across to the Cape Recife Lighthouse.This is known as Shelly Beach, and is home to one of PE's best kept secrets, the nudist beach. To be honest, I don't know if it is still operating as such, because it is many years since we have been there. We live in less repressive…

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Ready, aim, fire!

Another familiar sight along Marine Drive is the Cape Recife Rifle Range. Anyone who was forced to endure National Service in the Apartheid years will remember doing target practice here. Again, due to clearing, it is now more visible from the road than it used to be.

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