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What does a holiday in Port Elizabeth have in common with Chicago?

Port Elizabeth, South Africa has something in common with American city of Chicago. Both have been known as the ‘Windy City’. This is where the similarities end. It is also the fifth largest city and is relatively quiet and unvisited, thanks to an underdeveloped coastline. There’s plenty to do and see, the weather is good, the beaches are lovely… lastminute.com wonders if you’re going to need more convincing than that?

Fantastic beaches and safari opportunity on your holiday to Port Elizabeth

The best times to visit are during the summer months of September to March. The bulk of the rain falls during the winter, so try not to get caught out. One of the best features about a holiday to Port Elizabeth is the appeal to both young and old alike. There are plenty of activities in the city and in the surrounding area.

The beaches in the area are fantastic and of some have reached a world leading quality. The Humewood beach recently achieved blue flag status, so you can be confident taking children onto the beautiful white sand beaches. There are a number of activities available along the long stretch of the Sunshine Coast, as Port Elizabeth is sometimes known. Algo Bay in particular offers protected swimming areas, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and sailing.

One of the best daytrips you can make will be the Addo Elephant National Part, where you can visit the game lodge and view elephants and whatever other animals stumble across your path. Another wildlife intensive trip should include the Seaview Game and Lion Park, for great opportunities to see lions in their natural habitat. Another top notch reserve is the Kragga Kamma Game Park. Daredevils can go to Bayworld and take a dive with sharks, or hold their breath and go exploring sunken wrecks beneath the ocean’s surface.

Seafood features prominently on a lot of menus in the area, and why wouldn’t it? With blue flag rated waters, why wouldn’t you want to take advantage of the catch of the day. There’s a lot of variety from contemporary spins and fusion dishes to traditional and simple cuisine. As with most South African resorts, there will be restaurants showing you the whole range of African food from across the continent.

Nightlife in Port Elizabeth is relatively quiet. That isn’t to say you’ll never have the chance to stay up until four am having fun, it just means that the traditional mix of thumping music and scores of holidaymakers out in force won’t be the case. There are a lot of jazz and blues bars, letting you sink right into the local culture and love all of things musical. Cocktail bars and smaller, unobtrusive are the style here, thanks to the undeveloped nature of Port Elizabeth as a tourist destination. Use this to your advantage and grab the undiluted hospitality and culture of the locals.

Holidays to Port Elizabeth are the best secret you’ll never keep

A holiday to Port Elizabeth could be the perfect chance to brag to your been there done that friends. Take advantage of its undiscovered status now, before everyone gets the same idea and grabs the kids for fantastic family holiday in Port Elizabeth with lastminute.com.