Stilbaai ( Still Bay ) is a charming, tranquil seaside village situated along the banks of the tidal Goukou River estuary where it meets the warm waters of the Indian Ocean on the Southern Cape coast and is situated 26km from the N2 National road between Riversdale and Mossel Bay. The town is also known as the Bay of the Sleeping Beauty as one of the peaks on the nearby Langeberg mountains resembles a sleeping woman.
For those contemplating retirement or simply long term planning, this is the ideal venue to consider.
Stilbaai is aptly named as it enjoys a very moderate climate, and temperature variations are gentle. It has mild winters and warm, sunny summers which allows for all year round outdoor enjoyment.
The town offers all the essential services such as doctors, dentists, attorneys, pharmacy, supermarkets, shops, restaurants, library, as well as a small industrial area. For the technical minded the town has 3G and Wi Fi connectivity. There are also 3 major banking groups represented. A fully equipped hospital is being built which will offer comprehensive medical services.
The river that is navigable for 15km has launching facilities and offers swimming, fishing, canoeing, water skiing, or leisure cruises for boating enthusiasts. There is also a small commercial fishing harbour with launching facilities for ski boat owners. There is a pretty nine hole golf course as well as superb bowling greens, both with panoramic sea views to distract your aim.
The “blue-flag status” Lappies Baai beach offers safe bathing and long walks along it’s pristine white beach. For the more energetic, there are several picturesque hiking trails where you will meet plenty of Cape Grysbok, a small antelope that is endemic to the Western Cape Region. These beautiful small buck, as well as the larger bush buck are often visitors to one’s garden as they are very fond of flowers ! Stilbaai has an abundance of Milkwood trees and Olive trees also thrive in this area.
The neighbouring sea-side village of Jongensfontein is a mere 10 kilometers to the west and offers spectacular ocean views with excellent angling and surfing. It also boasts a 9 hole golf course.