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If you are visiting, the best way to reach Aston Bay is to fly into nearby Port Elizabeth from either Cape Town or Johannesburg, and then arrange transportation to your hotel, time-share resort, B&B or other accommodation. The most popular time for tourists to visit Aston Bay is from June to August when the waves are at their best, but many surfers also visit in the winter months when you can still surf with the right wet suit.

Legend has it that the father of South Africa surfing, John Whitmore, discovered the waves at Paradise Beach in the late 1950s as he drove up the famous N2 “Garden Route” between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth on a business trip. As he stood in amazement at the side of the road looking at an as yet un-mapped break through binoculars.

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In 1961 Bruce Brown came to South Africa to film part of his classic “Endless Summer” and captured the magic of nearby Bruces Beauties firing, and with it the imaginations of a million surfers. Not the most consistent of waves, but soon enough the travelling seekers cottoned onto another nearby set-up, Aston Bay, which was to be seen as the best right point-break on the planet, and still is to this day!

Aston Bay – Home to the perfect wave! With its unique combination of beautiful beaches, endless summers, abundant shells, white gold (calamari) and relaxed lifestyle, its no wonder this town has become world renown. Another International attraction is the Billabong Surfing Festival in July each year when surfers from all over the world come to enjoy these flawless formations of rolling surf. The safe beaches are perfect for bathing and all water sports, making it a popular weekend getaway and holiday destination.

The Aston Bay beaches have an impressive and beautiful collection of local shells gathered on the beaches of Paradise Beach, as well as shells from other countries. Visitors are welcome to collect shells which are varied and plentiful. There are a number of small nature reserves in the area, such as the Kabeljous Estuary and Nature Reserve, which is a walk-about reserve with a safe beach for swimming and excellent fishing opportunities as well as bird watching a small animals.

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The Noorsekloof Nature Reserve is a 28.7 hectare reserve stretching up to Wavecrest and Paradise Beach, small buck and many birds can be seen along the 3 km trail running alongside the stream. Then there is the Seekoei River Nature Reserve which is on the Seekoei River estuary. It is a bird watchers paradise, as the hide overlooks the Seekoei River where there is an abundance of water fowl.