Port St Johns Museum is a quaint museum of local artwork, crafts and sculpture. Attached to the museum is the local library.
Silaka Nature Reserve is roughly 400 hectares of untouched coastal forest along the Wild Coast, just 6 kilometers west of Port St Johns. The lush green landscape opens up onto the rugged Third Beach, a perfect spot for swimming, fishing, hiking and taking in the pristine surroundings. Private chalets are also available if you want to stay overnight. To get there, take the road towards Second Beach. Turn right after the bridge and continue following the road up the hill until you reach the entrance gate.
Airstrip is part of the old Transkei Military Base and is now used for private aircraft. The cliff at the end of the airstrip has a breathtaking aerial view of town and the surrounding landscape. It's also a great spot for a sundowner.
To get there from Bridge St, turn right on North St and take your first right onto Mountain Dr. Continue 2.4 km past Wettham Hill until you reach the old security gate. Immediately after the gate, turn right on a dirt road. Follow the road 2.6 km until you see a sign for a right turn towards the airstrip. Take that for 3 km and drive to the far end of the airstrip for the best view in town. Jungle Monkey also arranges sundowner shuttles.
First Beach, Second Beach and Third Beach are - predictably - Port St Johns' three beaches. First Beach is in the main town and due to numerous shark sightings, is not recommended for swimming. Second Beach is the best swimming beach, often has lifeguards on duty and is close to some of the more rustic accommodations and funky eateries. Local sunbathing cows frequent its west end. Third Beach is within the Silaka Nature Reserve (R25) and its pristine setting is good for both more secluded swimming and scenic picnics.
There are numerous hikes you can take from Port St Johns through the region's forest to nearby waterfalls or along the scenic coastline. Operation Footprint is a booklet that details different routes and trails you can follow and is available both at the Tourism Information Office and online. It's advisable to take a guide for some of the longer and more difficult treks, especially if you are alone or in a small group.
Port St Johns to Coffee Bay Hiking Trail is a beautifully rugged path skirting the coast through untouched nature and traditional coastal homelands. The hike is roughly 100 kilometers and takes about five days to complete, with accommodation available in
simple hikers huts. The trip can be done independently or with a guide.
Jimmy Mbuyi Faces & Places can outfit you with a guide that knows the route and the villages along the way.