Port Owen is exactly what its name suggests, a port, with a beautiful marina and yacht club. The stunning Berg River curls around two sides of the town and feeds 3,5km of canals, creating sheltered waterways for superb kayaking. The network of canals gives boats access to both the sea and the river. Its proximity to St. Helena Bay makes it ideal anchorage for yachtsmen. This bay, the largest on the West Coast of Africa, offers the finest sailing conditions on the South African coastline due to its sheltered nature and orientation to the prevailing summer wind.
The Port Owen Yacht Club is adjacent to the fishing harbour of Laaiplek. A sun downer on the club terrace overlooking the salt marsh and river helps your soul unwind. The lower Berg River estuary is renowned for its bird life. The Port Owen Yacht Club hosts several events during the year, providing some excitement for adventure seekers - like the inter club dinghy race (clubs from all over Cape Town and further afield take part), or the West Coast Cruise for yachts, and the Great Berg River Race which take place on 16 December.
Port Owen is named after H Owen Wiggins Junior, who developed the marina and its residential plots. To achieve this, approximately1 million cubic metres of sand and rock was dredged over a 15 year period and a 7km embankment was constructed as well as many jetties and a commercial centre.
In a nutshell - Port Owen is definitely the place to stay for a while with many accommodation options available!