Growing up in Port Elizabeth, one of my favourite Saturday outings was going to McArthur’s Pools with my parents and two brothers. In summer it was our ultimate water-fun entertainment. Due to a recent upgrade of the facilities it looks remarkably different today from what it did 20 years ago. I can guarantee however, that it is just as much fun to spend the day there today as it was then, if not even more.
The complex offers two open-air warm freshwater pools, a bigger swimming pool, changing rooms, a children’s water chute and splash pool, as well as two up-market restaurants, and a boutique. Life guards are always on duty at the complex. Nearby King’s Beach is a glorious 1, 6 km stretch of golden sand, extending from the harbour wall to Humewood, and provides safe swimming, body surfing, sunbathing and long beach walks. The promenade offers children’s playgrounds and toddlers’ paddling pools as well.
The pools are open in-season, seven days a week, from September to the following April.
Tel: +27 (0)41 582 2285
Beach Road, Humewood, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, South Africa