The main beach at Pringle Bay stretches more than 1km towards a lagoon, where the sea and Buffalo River meet — a favourite spot for families with young children who enjoy wading in warmer water.
The deeper part of the river is good for swimming, although the tannin-coloured water hides sharp rocks.
The beach is home to several breeding African oystercatcher pairs — recently named Bird of the Year 2017 — and areas on the beach are roped off to protect their eggs. Like the mountains, the beach is sparsely populated and even in peak holiday periods is not crowded.
The village revolves on a hub that contains Miem’s restaurant, the Mini Mart, Lemon & Lime, Simply Coffee and Bistro 365. At the Saturday morning market, home-bakes, clothing, bric-a-brac and fresh eggs and vegetables are on sale.
The deli Lemon & Lime offers delicacies like double-zero flour, truffle oil, Welsh cheddar and other recherché ingredients, along with fresh goodies and meats. They serve a great coffee and a light menu of items, but Simply Coffee, just next door, is where the villagers congregate for breakfast and lunch.
Simply Coffee and the more elegant 365 Bistro upstairs are consistently good and good value for money. The omelette and eggs on savoury mince make great breakfasts at Simply Coffee. The liver and onions, lamb shank, venison platter and baked line-caught fish are always good at Bistro 365. The trio of samoosas make a good starter at Bistro 365. Owners Morne and Etienne are always around and the food and service reflect their commitment.