Port Elizabeth is South Africa’s “friendly city”, a flagship of typical Eastern Cape hospitality. The atmosphere is relaxed and slow for a big city (without being sleepy). Families love it, visit it or stay permanently as it is one of the best places to raise children.

If you are visiting, make a reservation at one of the hotels in Port Elizabeth such as the Garden Court King’s Beach. It has a prime location near the unspoiled beach, which stretches as far as the eye can see. It is not unusual, but always very special, to see a school of dolphins swimming.

Hotels in Port Elizabeth, like this one, provide a level of comfort and convenience that makes your vacation worthwhile. The Garden Court King’s Beach is located in the suburb of Humewood, just a short distance from Hobie Beach, where sailors prepare their catamarans to launch in Algoa Bay. It is a very colorful sight on a busy day.

You don’t have to venture far from the beach or most Port Elizabeth hotels in search of entertainment. The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World has transformed the beach in the neighboring suburb, Summerstrand, with a complex that includes a casino, a sports cafe and a retail component developed around a man-made lake. For those who use the hotels in Port Elizabeth for business purposes, there is a convention center in the complex, as well as a conference center in the Garden Court King’s Beach hotel. Downtime is well catered for with a variety of restaurants, specialty shops, a movie theater, an amphitheater, and children’s entertainment facilities on the Boardwalk.

Golfers will delight in the rolling fairways found within the thick coastal undergrowth at Humewood Golf Club, one of the top 20 courses in South Africa. It is only 2 km from Port Elizabeth hotels.

Some argue that the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, rivals the Cape Town Stadium in aesthetic appeal. It is also in the area, offering a capacity of 48,459 people for concerts and sports matches.

The award-winning Red Location Museum, built in tribute to the liberation struggle during the apartheid era, is a must-see in the New Brighton area, while the Castle Hill Museum No. 7 displays some of the history of the English settlers from the city. Built around 1829, the building has yellow wooden floors and beams and a restored slate roof, and is filled with antique Victorian furniture and other household items that a typical middle-class English family would have used.