Port St Johns has always been a magnet attracting unusual and colourful people, some who have come for the surrounding beauty and the tolerance of alternate lifestyles. It offers a refuge from the stresses of city life but for most residents it still does not offer an easy lifestyle.
One has to have a sense of purpose to continue living in Port St Johns. The region is poor and there is not enough employment to sustain the surrounding population. There is no window-dressing for the tourist here. The people selling their skillfully crafted goods at the side of the road are doing that for a living. As a visitor you are warmly welcomed by the residents.
Professional fishermen, artists, traditional healers, dedicated conservationists, tourists of all nationalities and other residents, all rub shoulders in the streets. It is a fascinating kaleidoscope of cultures and opinions.
There is a feeling of a decaying colonial presence mingling with the increasingly modern Xhosa society which is itself steeped in traditional roots. Experiences here are authentic and unique.
Local lasses enjoying the beach
Visitors from Sweden, about to order the delicious food at the Delicious Monster, Second Beach
Expect great food at the Wood'nSpoon, Second Beach
Some of the craft sellers