12 Reasons We Love False Bay
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
False Bay is the coastal region about 45 minutes outside of the city centre. In the towns and villages along the coast, you'll find fresh seafood, great surfing and unique boutiques to shop in. During the spring and summer, southern right whales can be spotted in False Bay, breaching and lobtailing in the turquoise waters. The Bay has always been a popular beach retreat for South Africans, and after spending a day here, you'll know why.
Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa
Harbour House in Kalk Bay is one of the best seafood restaurants in Cape Town. With large windows showcasing sweeping views of False Bay, it's ideal to visit on a full moon when the crests of the waves are most visible in the moonlight. The white...
Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa
If you're spending time exploring the Cape Peninsula area of South Africa, a visit with the penguin colony at Boulders Beach is a must. They made Boulders their home (wise penguins) in 1982 and you'll be surprised by how residential the setting...
192 Main Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
Housed in the splendid Casa Labia, a stately home on Cape Town’s False Bay Coast, overlooking the ocean in Muizenberg this is the former residence of Count and Countess Natale Labia. Ideally situated for those undertaking a tour to Cape Point,...
13 York Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Muizenberg, specifically Surfer's Corner is the best place to learn how to surf in Cape Town. The waves are the most gentle here, so you'll notice all ages in the water throughout the year. For board and wetsuit rentals, check out Surf Shack. You...
Boyes Dr, Cape Town, South Africa
Main Road is the primary road you take south to Cape Point on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. It's incredibly useful because it's direct, although sometimes not the fastest route due to construction work and traffic. The bypass for this...
1st Floor, Olympia Buildings, 136 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
Among the several art galleries along Main Road in Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay Modern displays a variety of art, jewelry, fabric, photography, and pottery from several different African countries, as well as an exciting collection of the works of South...
70 Main Rd, Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa
Whatnot and China Town is a hoarders dream. If you can't stand chaos, maybe it's best you wait outside. This antique shop is located just up from Main Road in Kalk Bay. Follow the yellow brick road painted on the sidewalk to the front porch, which...
37 Gatesville Road - Kalk Bay, Kalk Bay, 7975, South Africa
The Save our Seas Foundation Shark Centre is where you can learn more about the great white sharks, which are most active in the False Bay region around October/November. The Centre serves as an educational outreach center for the non-profit Save...
Dalebrook Rd, St James, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Like a smaller scale Bondi Icebergs, there are a handful of whitewashed cement enclosures along the False Bay waterfront that are used as public swimming pools. Even in winter, locals plunge into the icy Atlantic water to start their day. The...
Unit S005, 17 Melrose Rd, Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
If you're looking to do some whale watching from the comfort of your couch, Whale Watcher's self-catering apartments is where you'll want to book a stay. Southern Right Whales visit False Bay every spring. With a balcony facing the beach, you'll...
113 Boyes Dr, Silver Mine (Nature Reserve), Cape Town, 7950, South Africa
The water surrounding Cape Town is home to a bounty of marine life, including one very famous apex predator: the great white shark. The conflict between sharks and humans is a subject of heated debate in South Africa because the ocean is...
St James, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
If you miss your serve because you're distracted by the view, it's understandable. The St. James Retirement Hotel holds the key that unlocks the gate to the tennis court with this stunning view. In the distance, you'll spot surfers catch waves at...
Foreshore, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Looking for a unique way to travel down the scenic, historic route from Cape Town to Simon's Town? Look no further than the antique steam train. Atlantic Rail is a private nonprofit and operates most weekends (see the full schedule online) down...
124 Main Rd, Fish Hoek, Cape Town, 7975, South Africa
When it comes to coffee shops in the seaside village of Kalk Bay, travelers all get pointed in the direction of Olympia Cafe. Whilst Olympia is a legend, it's time to explore and discover something new. The Studio is it. Part coffee shop, part...
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