The Atlantic Coast
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The Atlantic coast suburbs stretch from Green Point on the city's doorstep, through Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay and onwards through Llandudno and Hout Bay to Kommetjie and Scarborough. This coastline includes some of the most expensive real estate in Africa through to remote seaside villages, much loved by the surfing set.
Green Point, a once neglected area of high rise apartment blocks, restored townhouses and converted warehouses is now one of Cape Town's most colourful communities. The suburb is on the edge of the city and has a vibrant nightlife. Green Point is a popular evening destination and is well served by a large selection of coffee shops, trendy restaurants, night clubs and shows popular among the gay community. It is within walking distance of the V&A Waterfront.
Like a city within a city, Sea Point, with its innumerable restaurants, bars and pubs bustles 24 hours a day. This is a truly cosmopolitan suburb that never sleeps. From the wide seafront promenade, busy main road, high rise apartment blocks and mountainside villa's, Sea Point has it all.
Bantry Bay is located on the coastal road between Sea Point and Clifton, centrally located for easy access to entertainment venues, world class shopping centres and restaurants. The homes in this suburb offer spectacular views over the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island. Bantry Bay is the start of the stretch of the Atlantic Coastline favoured by the mega wealthy.
Clifton is probably one of the most desirable residential areas in Africa, with apartments and houses with multi million dollar price tags. The view, however, makes it all worthwhile and the wind free beaches which enjoy more protection from the prevailing south-easterly winds and longer sunshine than the False Bay Coast are popular with locals and visitors alike. The four adjoining beaches where you wind down stairways between the bungalows to white sands are breathtakingly beautiful.
Camps Bay and Bakoven lies behind Table Mountain, nestled beneath Lions Head and the majestic Twelve Apostles, and boasts a magnificent palm fringed, sandy beach. The cosmopolitan beachfront is vibrant throughout the year and people throng the pavement cafes and restaurants enjoying the ambience. Not too many years ago this was a tiny seaside village, today Camps Bay is a playground of the wealthy with property prices to match.
This millionaires row continues along the rocky coast with a long stretch of undeveloped coastline to Llandudno. The village has a stunningly beautiful beach, much favoured by surfers, real estate in the village is likely to be beyond all but the most well heeled however. Some of Cape Town's most exciting homes have been built in Llandudno with talented architects having incorporated huge granite boulders and glass walled swimming pools overlooking the bay into their designs.
Not far from Llandudno, just over the rise called the Suikerbosie (sugar bush) Hill is Hout Bay, one of the fastest growing areas in Cape Town which has a thriving town centre and its own waterfront development, which predates the better-known V&A Waterfront in the city by several years. Hout Bay offers much for the visitor with boat cruises from the harbour, the World of Birds and a variety of restaurants to choose from.
World of Birds: www.worldofbirds.org.za
Chapman's Peak Drive
From Hout Bay, what must surely be one of the most beautiful scenic drives in the world winds along Chapman's Peak drive to Noordhoek. There are wonderful picnic spots and look-out points along the way and the view across to the Sentinel, guarding the entrance to Hout Bay, is unforgettable. A miracle of civil engineering even by today's standards, the road is cut into an almost vertical cliff face, it is an unforgettable experience to drive the winding road and watch the waves crashing on the rocks below. [Watch the Video]
NB!!! - Chapman's Peak Drive is a toll road, the toll for passenger vehicles is R20 per trip.
Noordhoek | Kommetjie | Scarborough
Beyond the green Noordhoek valley, the villages of Kommetjie and Scarborough are among the more isolated areas close to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. At Kommetjie, Long Beach is renowned among surfers as one of the worlds prime surf spots. Outer Kom (200 metres off the lighthouse) with waves up to five metres and Sunset Reef (approximately a kilometre of Long Beach) where waves of eight metres have been ridden are not for the faint hearted.