Last-Minute Easter Escapes on the West Coast

Escape to West Coast paradise this Easter with friends and family for local gems and delicious culinary treats 

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Easter is just around the corner, and for many South Africans, it’s the perfect time to escape the hustle and bustle of the city and indulge in a relaxing last-minute coastal getaway. Luckily, the West Coast is teeming with hidden gems waiting to be explored.  From the picturesque shores of Hermanus to the quaint fishing village of Paternoster, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, pack your bags, gather your loved ones, and let’s go on an unforgettable culinary adventure along the coast for this Easter holiday getaway. 

Hermanus: A Whale of a Time by the Sea 

Hermanus, the whale-watching capital of South Africa, promises stunning landscapes and a laid-back atmosphere. Swap city life for the soothing sounds of waves crashing against the cliffs and take a leisurely stroll along the famous Cliff Path – if you’re lucky, you might spot Southern Right Whales frolicking in Walker Bay! 

We recommend you taste: The region’s finest artisanal chocolates and homemade ice cream, perfect for satisfying your sweet tooth while enjoying the ocean breeze. 

Browse our Hermanus packages and experience to start planning your trip.  

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Mossel Bay: A Coastal Oasis for Every Traveller 

Steeped in history and natural beauty, Mossel Bay is a must-visit destination on the West Coast. Explore the fascinating Diaz Museum Complex and learn about the area’s rich maritime heritage. Then, unwind on one of the town’s pristine beaches or embark on a thrilling shark cage diving excursion. 

We recommend you taste: Freshly grilled seafood at one of the beachfront restaurants or traditional South African bobotie served with yellow rice and chutney. 

Treat yourself to a picture-perfect escape in Mossel Bay with our holiday packages.  

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Paternoster: Where Time Slows Down  

For a truly authentic West Coast experience, head to the charming fishing village of Paternoster. Known for its whitewashed cottages and pristine beaches, this quaint seaside town offers a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life. Picture yourself with your family wandering along the shores, collecting seashells as the sun sets in the distance. Alternatively, enjoy plenty of beachfront experiences like horseback riding or beach picnics. 

We recommend you taste: West Coast Crayfish or Bokkoms (salted and dried mullet). Also, don’t miss out on the freshly baked bread and local jams, available at quaint bakeries and farm stalls scattered throughout Paternoster. 

Don’t miss out on this gem, browse our Paternoster holiday packages for your Easter escape. 

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Knysna: Where Lagoons and Forests Captivate 

Knysna offers a blend of natural beauty and cultural richness, with its serene lagoon and lush forests. Spend your days cruising through the Knysna Heads for breathtaking views or hiking through indigenous forests to discover hidden waterfalls and rare bird species. Whether you're on a shoestring budget or seeking a touch of luxury, Knysna caters to all tastes.  

We recommend you taste: Knysna Oysters served au naturel or with a dash of lemon juice and Tabasco sauce for a true taste of the sea. 

Ready to go? Take a look at our Knysna holiday packages.  

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Plettenberg Bay: The Playground of the Garden Route 

Plettenberg Bay, found along the Garden Route, boasts a plethora of outdoor activities amidst stunning natural beauty. From pristine beaches and lush forests to adrenaline-pumping water sports, there's something for everyone here. Thrill-seekers can enjoy a hike in Robberg Nature Reserve for panoramic views of the coastline and chances to encounter seals and dolphins. If you need time to relax, simply soak up the sun on the sandy shores or explore the trendy shops and cafes in town. 

We recommend you taste: Freshly shucked oysters harvested from the nearby Knysna Lagoon or visit the local markets and sample an array of artisanal cheeses and homemade preserves. 

Make memories in Plettenberg Bay with our holiday packages.  

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Choosing Your Coastal Adventure 

When planning your West Coast getaway for Easter, booking with Thompsons Holidays is the only way to go. With a reputation for reliability, convenience, and trustworthiness, we ensure your travel experience is seamless from start to finish.  

Let us handle the details while you focus on creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones. So, book your adventure today and let the coastal magic unfold before you. Your Easter weekend adventure is just a drive away! 

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