Cape St. Francis

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This article is about the town in South Africa. For the headland in Newfoundland, see Cape St. Francis (Newfoundland and Labrador).
Cape St. Francis
View of Cape St. Francis from the Seal Point Lighthouse
View of Cape St. Francis from the Seal Point Lighthouse
Cape St. Francis is located in South Africa
Cape St. Francis
Cape St. Francis
 Cape St. Francis shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 34°11′49″S 24°50′17″E / 34.19694°S 24.83806°E / -34.19694; 24.83806Coordinates: 34°11′49″S 24°50′17″E / 34.19694°S 24.83806°E / -34.19694; 24.83806
Country South Africa
Province Eastern Cape
District Cacadu
Municipality Kouga
 • Total 4.38 km2 (1.69 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 342
 • Density 78/km2 (200/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 3.5%
 • Coloured 1.8%
 • White 94.7%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 55.6%
 • Afrikaans 42.1%
 • Xhosa 1.8%
 • Other 0.6%

Cape St. Francis (Afrikaans: Kaap St Francis) is a town in South Africa, situated on a headland in the Eastern Cape Province. It is popular for its clean beaches and as a surfing location.

The town is home to a Penguin Rescue and Rehabilitation Center as well as the Seal Point Lighthouse.[2]

The Irma Booysen Floral Reserve is the home to many species of flowers and plants.

The adjacent town, St Francis Bay, was the site of "ten-million-to-one" surfing waves seen in the 1966 surf/travel documentary, The Endless Summer.

Cape St. Francis is now known as one of the best surfing locations. Given its geological location, it is susceptible to swell year round from large low pressure systems that form between Antarctica and the southern tip of Africa. When large south west swell wrap around the coastline of the region and the prevailing offshore winds come up, the surfing is as good as it gets.

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