Kenton On Sea at a glance
The Eastern Cape's Kenton-on-Sea offers a truly exceptional beach holiday or residential experience. This coastal region has great weather year round, hence known as the Sunshine Coast or, in more tech-friendly parlance, #WhereTheSunSpendsTheWinter. It's the unique combination of wide open beaches, rocky outcrops, secluded coves, crystal clear tidal pools and tranquil rivers that makes Kenton ideally suited for families, adventurers and couples alike.
Located on the Route 72, approximately halfway between East London & Port Elizabeth, Kenton-on-Sea is cradled between two rivers, Kariega & Boesmans River (which as a matter of interest, is the longest tidal river in SA ). This small town hosts retail outlets, property agencies, private businesses, restaurants, a bank and Kenton Primary School https://kentonprimaryschool.co.za/.
Local history places much emphasis on the shipwreck, the Volo. Charles Butt was, and is still seen as, a local hero, as he and some local villagers were involved in the rescuing of all 12 crew members of the Volo in 1896. At the Town Hall in Boesmansriviermond, you will be able to view the anchor of the Volo.
Birders will be enthralled as both grassland and riverine species feature on well-planned routes around the area and over 200 species have been identified within a 50km radius of Kenton-on-Sea. Rare species like Narina Trogon, a sub-species of the Barred Owl, Purple Heron, Goliath Heron, Pectoral Sandpiper, Mangrove Kingfisher, Painted Snipe, Cuckoo Hawk & Pygmy Goose are highlights to look for.
The Eastern Cape is home to six internationally recognised Blue Flag Beaches, a status symbol that raises them in both awareness and prestige. Blue Flag is a respected eco-label for beaches, boats and marinas that is internationally recognised as a sign of quality and is regarded by the World Tourism Organisation as the most well-known global eco-label. To achieve Blue Flag status, as many as 33 different criteria must be met across water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety services. Kariega Beach and Shelly Beach are both recognised as Blue Flag Beaches. Then there are the dunes near Boesmansriviermond, so grab a sand board and enjoy the fun of whizzing down a dune!
● Middle Beach
● Kariega Beach
● Shelly Beach
● Boesmans Sea Beach
● Boesmans River Beach
● Cannon Rocks
● Kasouga Beach
The local Ratepayers Association KOSRA, and it's committee members, together with the assistance of local inhabitants go above & beyond to protect the environment & infrastructure of this spectacular area: "KOSRA aims to watch over the interests of its members regarding the activities of local government & to protect, maintain and improve the amenities of Kenton-on-Sea and it's environs".
Whilst retaining its unspoilt charm, Kenton-on-Sea still offers a variety of conveniences to visitors and holiday makers. From the local medical doctor https://www.facebook.com/Dr-Eleanor-Galpin-General-Practioner-1209902869184986/, physiotherapist https://kenton.co.za/listing/margie-morrell-physiotherapy/ and pharmacy https://kenton.co.za/listing/kenton-pharmacy/. Should more specialised medical facilities be required, a private hospital is located in nearby Port Alfred https://www.netcarehospitals.co.za/Hospital/Port-Alfred-Hospital. Provision is also made for furry residents at the local veterinary practice https://kenton.co.za/listing/kariega-veterinary-clinic/ .
Should a dose of retail therapy be required the Rosehill Mall and Cinema http://www.rosehillmall.co.za is located a convenient 20 minute drive away in Port Alfred.
Within short distances from Kenton, one has access to various Game Reserves like Sibuya https://www.sibuya.co.za, Kariega https://www.kariega.co.za and Shamwari https://www.shamwari.com, which make the Beach to Bush experience so much more attainable.
Accommodation rental options from B&B's and holiday homes are available from within Kenton-on-Sea up to Cannon Rocks all year round.