It goes without saying that Mossel Bay offers seafood connoisseurs a gastronomic experience without equal. Its sole, mussels and oysters are known far and wide, and the catch of the day almost always includes red roman, cod, rock cod, red steenbras and red stumpnose.

Yet the variety of restuarants to choose from varies from steak houses to pizzarias, form coffee shops to home industries. Whether it's a quick meal or an intimate dinner for two, a family meal or a pub lunch, Mossel Bay has it all.

Die Poort Wines, the only coastal winery on the Garden Route, is about 45 minutes form Mossel Bay at Herbertsdale. It is well worth taking the scenic drive to this beautiful wine farm for both wine tasting and lunch. A variety of both red and white cultivars is availble.

Mossel Bay and the surrounding towns abound in speciality shops. Arts, crafts and dried flowers from the area make wonderful gifts for friends and family, or a great me- moir of an unforgettable holiday. The Ochre Barn, Liberty Lane and the Cottage Shop are but a few not to be missed.

Visit the Model Ship Company, the only one of its kind, where replicas of early vessels are handcrafted with meticulous care. Whether one stands in awe of the crafsmanship or buys one to admire for years to come, a visit is an unforgettable experience.

For the tourist, the greater Mossel Bay area offers a variety of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to caravan parks - at Dias Beach, Hartenbos, Klein Brak River, The Point and Santos Beach.

Whatever their preference, visitors to the Mossel Bay area can be assured that their accommodation will be of the best quality, and that hospitality is a way of life here.

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