and the surrounding area
Jongensfontein & Melkhoutfontein
Stilbaai / Still Bay - Bay of the Sleeping Beauty
Stilbaai is a charming seaside village which forms part of the famous Garden Route with its close neighbours Jongensfontein and Melkhoutfontein. It is situated along the banks of the Goukou River estuary where it meets the Indian Ocean on the Southern Cape coast of South Africa.
The town can be reached by road and lies 26 kilometres from the turnoff of the N2 main road between Mossel Bay and Riversdale. Stilbaai can also be reached by air or sea. The town is serviced by a national airport at George, 150 km to the east and the local airstrip for small aircraft as well as a fishing harbour.
Stilbaai is the perfect holiday destination where, thanks to the shallow bay, the clean extensive sandy beaches, (of which “Lappiesbaai” has Blue Flag status during the December/January holiday season) the lagoon and the 15 kilometres long navigable Goukou river, every kind of water-related activity can be undertaken: swimming, sunbathing, surfing, windsurfing, kite surfing, angling, walking, sailing, canoeing, boating and waterskiing. Other sports e.g. golf, tennis, bowls, “jukskei”, squash, cycling, mountain biking, can also be played to one’s heart’s content.
The weather is ideal for holiday making with moderate temperatures and beautiful sunny days – even during winter. Stilbaai is blessed with a moderate climate and the fresh unpolluted air is due to a gentle breeze blowing from the placid ocean.
All the necessary services such as medical and supply services which include three franchised grocery shops, many excellent restaurants and take-away food outlets, clothing shops, beauty salons, gift shops, hairdressers, sport shops.Despite the rapid development of the town, well-balanced commercial interests are maintained and the natural environment is fervently protected. The permanent population of Stilbaai and the two adjacent villages, Jongensfontein and Melkhoutfontein, is approximately 6000.
“The Bay of the Sleeping Beauty”
Although the popularity of Stilbaai as one of the best tourist destination on the Garden Route has been well established and is ever-increasing, it remains a pollution-free, safe and peaceful place to be.
*Info from Stilbaai Tourism