Cape St. Francis

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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 Eastern Cape
Cape St. Francis
Cape St. Francis
 Cape St. Francis shown within Eastern Cape
Cape St. Francis is located in South Africa
Cape St. Francis
Cape St. Francis
Cape St. Francis (South Africa)
Cape St. Francis is located in Africa
Cape St. Francis
Cape St. Francis
Cape St. Francis (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 Sarah Baartman
Municipality Kouga
Area[1]
 • 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%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)

Cape St. Francis (Afrikaans: Kaap St Francis) is a village 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 village is home to a SANCCOB 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 village, 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 swells wrap around Seal Point and the prevailing offshore winds come up, the surfing is world class.

It is also featured in the 2014 film The Perfect Wave, starring Scott Eastwood.

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