Our family home is a 3 bedroom townhouse(600 square meter plot), approximately 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport and within a 10 min drive from...
Where is it?
Simon's Town is the town known as 'the end of the line' - the last stop on the railway line from Cape Town City. However, if you drive, hike or bike further south, you will pass the spectacular Miller's Point - a rocky outcrop with a stunning rock pool. And further along you will reach the entrance to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. This reserve is home to the most spectacular hikes and views. There is also a funicular ride, gift shop and tourist centre to inform you of the historical and natural significance of this spot, and THE BEST photo opportunities ever! En route to Cape Point, you pass the entrance to the quirky 'Scone Shack', the most delightful tea garden - it has to be seen to be believed, and the treats are delicious! Payment is cash only - so be warned. (And they only open from Thursdays to Sundays in season - so check their Instagram)
Heading in the opposite direction, back towards to Cape Town, you will pass Glencairn - SImon's Town's closest neighbour, and home to the kite surfers' beach, a yoga studio, a number of bars and restaurants, and a little further along, the Harbour Bay Centre - a small but well equipped shopping centre, gym and restaurants, where all good quality essentials can be purchased. There is also a great bookshop, a spa, hairstylist and barber. Kids can also be entertained by 'The Scratch Patch' - a treasure trove of semi-precious stones, where kids (and adults) can scratch for their own selection. THere is also 'Cave Golf' at this venue for a windy or rainy day.
Next up is the town of Fishhoek. This is the more 'practical' hub of the area - combined with a wonderful swimming beach. As well as being the longest beach in the area, it is also the only beach with shark nets. In the afternoons locals walk an amazing selection of dogs along this beach, followed by a coffee, beer or glass of wine at the beachside pub / restaurant.
Just around the corner you will find trendy Kalk Bay - where there are numerous bars, shops and restaurants! A great place to spend a day, wandering in and out of quirky and gorgeous designer shops, antique emporiums, and wonderful bars and restaurants. Kalk Bay is a working Harbour, and fresh fish can be bought for home, or prepared and eaten at the famous 'Kalkies' - an experience not to be missed.
Past Kalk Bay you will encounter Muizenburg - a stunning long beach, famous for its collection of colourful beach huts. Lots of interesting museums in Muizenburg, together with the centre of the surf scene on this side of the Cape. Surf lessons, gear for hire and lots to purchase are all available in Muizenburg. And after surfing or swimming, there are great places to eat and drink! Also look out for the weekly Friday night market, Bellamy & Bellamy - the most unbelievable collection of vintage fabrics (breathtaking), and Casa Labia - the original Italian Consulate - now a spectacular restaurant and venue.
From there, you are well situated to visit the beautiful wine regions of Constantia and Steenberg, or to take in the world famous Kirstenbosch Gardens. A little further afield is the City and Atlantic Beachfront, where there is also so much to do and explore!
Cape Town truly has something for everyone, and Simon's Town is a cool and chilled home base, that has plenty to offer but is well-situated for you to explore many other places.
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