Atlantic Seaboard Travel
Also known as Cape Town’s Riviera, the Atlantic Seaboard is a beautiful strip of coastline running from the V&A Waterfront to Llandudno.
The icy Atlantic Ocean that gives this exquisite slice of the Cape its name is also largely to thank for the beauty of the area, with its effervescent aquamarine waters that splash onto the white sandy beaches all along the coast. The Twelve Apostles mountain range, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, is the other natural feature that makes the Atlantic Seaboard uniquely recognisable. Running as it does quite close to the shore, the range leaves only a narrow strip of what has become some of the most sought-after real estate in South Africa.
The Atlantic Seaboard is known as a playground for beautiful people. Palm-tree lined beaches, a buzzing café society, winebars spilling out onto pavements and modern villas, modish apartments and elaborate mansions all contribute to the atmosphere that is young, trendy and all about fun – especially in summer. Pastel coloured Vespa scooters weave in-between the holiday traffic, music blares from pavement cafés and toned, tanned bodies adorn the beaches while luxury yachts at anchor in the bay complete the idyllic image of Cape Town’s own paradise.
Situated on the slopes of Lion’s Head – the eroded core of an ancient volcano. This wealthy suburb overlooks a rocky beach. It was originally called Botany Bay as it was formerly the site of a botanical garden where medicinal plants and herbs were cultivated. It became known as Bantry Bay during World War I. Stroll down to the beach and on the way you’ll find a plaque commemorating a visit to the Cape by Charles Darwin, who observed that the site is geologically unique due to the intrusion of Basaltic volcanic rock into granitic rock.
Named for a disabled sailor Ernst Freidrich von Kamptz who lived there in the 1700s, is today a suburb of affluence and a popular destination for European tourists in the summer. Catch a game of beach volleyball, celebrity-watch in the cocktail bars and soak up the sun under the palms. Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles form the grand backdrop to this trendy sun-filled scene. Camps Bay even boasts its own unique theatre which features a sparkling line-up of talent year-round.
Another exclusive Atlantic Seaboard suburb. It has 4 secluded little beaches at the bottom of a dramatic mountainside which affords them excellent protection from Cape Town’s summer winds. A 5th beach known as Moses is only sometimes accessible when the tide is low enough. Clifton 4th is the most popular of the beaches here and has been awarded the Blue Flag Award in recognition of its environmental, safety and tourist standards. Although the water is chilly Clifton is a popular site for watersports. The small property sizes are attributed to the fact that the area was laid out by the City of Cape Town for returning soldiers who had fought in World War I. Today these houses fetch exceptionally high prices even though many are only reachable by steep steps.
This exclusive residential area on the slopes of Lion’s Head (between Sea Point and Bantry Bay) boasts incredible views all the way to Robben Island. While there are no shops here one can easily pop into Sea Point for a range of stores. Fresnaye is known for being one of the few places in Cape Town where you can generally escape the wild South Easter wind which blows in early summer.
No shops or restaurants, only spectacular homes and the most exquisite beach in the Cape, according to many. Llandudno beach is a sandy curve featuring large, smooth granite rocks and sheltered by the mountains above. Although the water is as cold as champagne on ice, on a hot Cape Town day it makes for invigorating, if brief, dips, while the large swell attracts surfers year round. Sunset picnics are enjoyed by locals throughout the summer months. Take a camera, plenty to eat and drink (no food for sale nearby) and be prepared for a steep walk back to the car as parking can be problematic in peak season. Nearby Sandy Bay is South Africa’s unofficial nudist beach.
The edgier part of the Atlantic Seaboard, Sea Point boasts some elegant mansions on the slopes of Signal Hill (a popular place to watch the sunset and photograph the incredible view) and then descends into the heart of the coastal suburb with its Main Road characterised by apartment blocks, cafés, pubs and clubs. The beachfront offers a large saltwater swimming pool and the promenade, stretching to Mouille Point, is known as Joggers Mile and is a popular place for friends to stroll or jog.
Let Portfolio assist you with all your Atlantic Seaboard accommodation needs. We have a selection of fine boutique hotels, B&Bs, guest houses and self catering villas and apartments in Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Fresnaye, Mouille Point and Llandudno.