The town of Port Alfred is situated halfway (150km) between Port Elizabeth and East London in the heart of the Sunshine Coast. One of the town's most distinctive features is a beautiful marina with a number of luxurious houses facing onto the canals. Associated with the marina is a small boat harbour, providing mooring for a variety of vessels from luxury yachts and other pleasure craft, to sporting and commercial deep-sea fishing vessels. It is growing rapidly due to a high number of retirees and holiday makers building houses there. It is the kind of town which pulls the summer holiday makers to its beaches and river like a magnet. Port Alfred is also home to 43 Air School which was a training base for the Royal Air Force during the World War II.