Arch Rock Beach

Arch Rock featuring rocky coastline as well as an individual male
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Hike with your family along a pleasant coastal path to find an immense rock arch resembling a cathedral portal and rose window.

Arch Rock, also known as Cathedral Rock, is a beachfront rock formation with a couple of intriguing openings. It is along part of a scenic trail in Keurboomstrand. Ocean waves lap the base of this natural phenomenon, which is said to have once held spiritual significance to indigenous people. Capture photos of the picturesque arch and the smaller hole above it that resembles a cathedral’s rose window.

Admire the natural decorations of plants and flowers hanging from the rocks above. Stand inside the rock opening to pose for photos and appreciate its sheer vastness. Watch the changing hues of the sky through the arch at sunset. The beach path to the arch is simple at low tide, while an elevated trail through coastal vegetation takes you there at high tide.

Spot small pods of dolphins occasionally breaking free from the waves in the ocean. Enjoy the views of the Robberg Peninsula and Plettenberg Bay communities, whose lights illuminate the shoreline at night.

Bring supplies to have a picnic with your friends and family, with the arch serving as a scenic backdrop. Cool off in the charming rock pool beside the arch.

Lifeguards patrol the main beach itself in summer, when it is considered safer for families to swim. Make use of the showers, restaurants and other facilities near the parking lot.

The site’s official name is Cathedral Rock. It is said the arch was used as a sacred site by indigenous people thousands of years ago. Contemplate the potential importance of the rock’s shape to these groups, possibly symbolizing birth.

Climb up to the Matjes River Rock Shelter for excellent views of the coastline. Learn about its archeological significance and the skeletons from thousands of years ago found here.

Arch Rock is in the Annex Arch Rock Private Nature Reserve about 4 miles (6 kilometers) east of central Keurboomstrand. Walk east for 30 minutes from the main beach’s parking lot to reach the rock formation, which is next to the Matjes River. Nearby attractions include the Birds of Eden sanctuary, the Jukani Wildlife Sanctuary and the Elephant Sanctuary.

Top Hotels Close to Arch Rock Beach

ArchRock Resort
ArchRock Resort
4 out of 5
Main Street, Garden Route, Keurboomstrand, Western Cape, 6600
Stay at this 4-star beach guesthouse in Keurboomstrand. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the WiFi in our reviews. Popular ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (9 reviews)
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Reviewed on Aug 6, 2019

Picnic Rock
Picnic Rock
3 out of 5
Arch Rock, Main Street, Plettenberg Bay, Keurboomstrand, Western Cape, 6600
Stay at this 3-star beach hotel in Keurboomstrand. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the WiFi and the comfy beds in our reviews. ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (38 reviews)
An amazing place
"It was amazing from checking in to leaving, the staff was so helpful & even give us a mobile number to reach them 24hrs a day. We had no water so we rang them and they were there in less than 5 mins, snake in hand which he had caught on the way & thought he would let us have a look which was a great ..."

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2019

Ocean bliss
Ocean bliss
Keurboomstrand, WC
Stay at this golf vacation home in Keurboomstrand. Enjoy WiFi, onsite parking, and a garden. Popular attractions Arch Rock Beach and Arch Rock are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great kitchen, great views,
"Roomy and big. Everything one wants in a rental. Great views and 30 second drive to the beach. The fireplace keeps the main area warm at night. That is a big plus in SA during the winter stay. Almost everything has been updated except the master bathroom and the hallway bath. The guest and downstairs ..."

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2022

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