Mossel Bay is a coastal village and harbour on the Garden Route. Back in 1488 a man called Bartholomew Dias threw anchor in the Bay of St Blaize. "Aguada de Sào Bras" as it was originally known. It was then developed as a busy export harbour for wool, ochre and ostrich feathers.
The many historical buildings in the town is evidence of the history of the town. In 1601 the Dutch navigator, Paulus van Caerden, renamed it Mossel Bay, as he found that mussels were abundant. Today, mussels gathered in Mossel Bay each spring are rated by gourmets among the finest in the world.
As well as all the water sports, there are many museums in Mossel Bay. The Maritime Museum focuses on the sailing and ships of the early days of discovery and it displays ship models of a bygone era and route maps to the East. The Shell Museum houses a very large collection of shells, and demonstrates how they were used by man through the years as tools. The Cultural History Museum has many artifacts of historical importance from the area covering various periods in history.
One of the most popular attractions is the Post Office , which is estimated to be more than 800 years old and has been declared a National Monument. It is underneath the milkwood tree where Pedro dAtaide left a letter in 1500 in a seamans boot for passing ships. Letters are still posted there today in a seamans boot!