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Visiting St Francis Bay on a Budget

Holidays can be expensive. While it’s totally worth splashing out up to R10 000 for a night in a St Francis Bay holiday house rental, some of us unfortunately don’t have pockets that deep. So, what do you do if you haven’t won the lotto or made your millions yet?


Where to stay

While St Francis is generally considered a luxury holiday destination, there are a number of budget-friendly accommodation options.

If you’re happy with just the basics, St Francis Bay Backpackers is conveniently situated within walking distance of EVERYTHING! If you’re looking for a good party, it’s just a hop, skip and a jump to any of the local bars or restaurants. Bring along your surf board and enjoy the famous St Francis surf, just a short walk away. You can enjoy all of this for as little as R180 a night.

For something a little more quiet and private, Seals Backpackers offers 4 sleeper rooms that are perfect for a group of friends or a small family. With a private beach entrance and easy access to Joe Fish and Full Stop Cafe, this is a winner for a more relaxed holiday. The backpackers also gives you access to the Cape St Francis Resort swimming pool and the coolest little lapa to braai in. A stay here will cost you as little as R250 a night.


Where to eat

We’ll let you in on a secret…
Out of season, you can eat like a king, for next to nothing! The local specials in the village are jam-packed full of awesome deals. Whether it’s a buy 1 get 1 free burger special or half price pizzas. These specials make it super easy to get by on a budget.

One of the best kept secrets of St Francis is a little takeaway place in Seavista, called Jenny’s. This little shop sells the best fish and chips in town and even offers locally caught calamari for as little as R45! 

For the reeeeeaaallly tight pockets, ain’t nothing wrong with a good ol’ chip roll. You can find all the little snacky things you need at the local Spar. 


What to do

The best thing about St Francis is that you often don’t need to spend a cent on fun activities!


Home to two of the top surf spots in the world, bringing along your own surf board means that you can enjoy the iconic breaks of Seal Point and Bruce’s Beauties absolutely free. If you don’t have your own board, you can always rent one for a small fee from a number of local spots.


There is no shortage of beautiful nature trails, is St Francis. Take a walk on the Wild Side or enjoy the endless stretches of beach walks. Finding the beautiful trails, like the Two Harbours Walk, is like a treasure hunt for natural beauty. If longer walks aren’t your cup of tea, a stroll through the Community Gardens might be just what your soul needs?


White sand and blue waters. St Francis is full of it! Whether it’s reading a book on the sand, swimming in the sea, playing some beach sports or just catching a tan. The St Francis Beaches offer endless hours of entertainment for visitors looking to soak up the sun.


St Francis is often described as “a little drinking village with a fishing problem”. While this is all said in jest, there is no denying that there are some epic fishing spots in the area. Grab your rod, a little bait and check out our blog on the Best Fishing Spots in St Francis.



Using all of these great tips, it is perfectly possible to spend a fun-filled long weekend in St Francis for under R1000. Food and activities included! 
If you have found any other budget-friendly activities that you would like to share, we would love to hear from you. Comment below and let others know your suggestions.


Storm Steen
Storm Steen
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