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The Best of Summer in Cape Town

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Key ingredients for the perfect summer day include: surfing and sunbathing, live music in local parks, long walks and hikes, and dancing the night away at rooftop bars. If there is no better time of year than summer, there is no better place to enjoy the longest days of the year than Cape Town. Between the Christmas and New Year holidays, don't be surprised to find beaches and roadways more crowded than usual, as well as, a number of local shops and businesses with shorter summer hours.
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Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735, South Africa
Founded in 1913, this famous botanical garden was the first in the world dedicated to its country’s own flora. The spectacular, 90-acre plant haven forms part of a nature reserve that borders Table Mountain National Park. Besides numerous...
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165 Longmarket St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
Craft beers, great wine list, and cocktails with a cotton candy or jelly bean flavor... Lounge around or head outside to enjoy the rooftop terrace. Tapas are also available for the peckish. Great for pre-dinner drinks or after the sun goes down.
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90 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, 8060, South Africa
I took a stroll down to the beach in Seapoint, Cape Town and although it was windy, it was definitely worth the trip, as I got to snap this magnificent sunset by the sea.
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Sea Point, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
One of my favorite walks in Cape Town is the paved pathway hugging the Atlantic Ocean shoreline between Sea Point and finish by the Mouille Point lighthouse. There is a tiny gelato shop near the corner of Surf and Surry, or for a bigger meal, the...
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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...
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136 Adderley St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
At the beginning of every December, the City of Cape Town holds a large festival to celebrate the holiday season. This open-air event includes an afternoon concert at the Grand Parade (with live music for all ages) followed by the official...
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Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Farms, Cape Town, 7551, South Africa
There are certain events that signal the arrival of summer in Cape Town: the agapanthus are in bloom, the whales are frolicking in False Bay, and The Galileo Open Air Cinema is open for another season. The best part about this open air cinema is...