Pringle Bay

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Pringle Bay Travel Guide

Pringle Bay is a unique and charming small coastal village, 85 km from Cape Town, and situated in a World Biosphere Reserve, on the famous Whale Route.

Pringle Bay is surrounded by mountains on three sides and overlooks the ocean with Cape Point in the distance. It abounds with wildlife and beautiful flora and is part of the Sixth Floral Kingdom of the planet.

The silver beaches are pristine and spotless and the air is clean and unpolluted. There is a small lagoon with clear, warm water where the Buffels River enters the sea. Pringle Bay is one of the few bays in South Africa that face north, so you can enjoy spectacular sunsets.

Eight restaurants are within a three minutes’ walk from each other. A 5-minute drive will get you to the safe boat-launching facility, 10 minutes to the penguin colony or famous Harald Porter Botanical Gardens, 20 minutes to a variety of golf courses, 45 minutes to the wine estates or to the “Whale Capital” Hermanus, 50 minutes to Cape Town International Airport and just over one hour to the centre of Cape Town.

Although very much a resort town, Pringle Bay continues to attract a growing number of permanent residents for reasons of safety and convenience. Many of the weekenders are also expressing long-term plans to retire to the area or move there permanently in the near future.

The village has over the past years attracted many young families who are conducting their own businesses from home via the internet or commute to Strand, Somerset West, Hermanus or Stellenbosch. The opening up of a private school had made this a viable alternative for young families wanting to live in a beautiful secure environment, away from city life but near enough to all amenities.

Lifesavers are on duty during the holiday seasons and Pringle Beach is never crowded, even over Christmas. It is a very safe and secure beach, with no need for car guards. There is an amazing variety of coastal and mountain hiking trails in Pringle Bay and also many secluded beaches.

With no industry, townships, informal settlements or large scale development allowed in this area, only one road leading into Pringle Bay and no busses allowed, our village has the lowest crime statistic. Pringle Bay has active police and MEC reservists, its own fire engine and an emergency medical team.

Known for its copious sea life, there is good fishing and during season you can obtain a permit for 4 crayfish per person, per day.

You will find an interesting mix of young and old, South African and overseas residents in Pringle Bay.

Pringle Bay is the perfect family holiday destination - whales, penguins, surfing, picnics on the beach, a swim in the bay or the warm lagoon, friendly people, spectacular sunsets, virtually zero crime, good restaurants and a clear night sky, what more could one ask for.

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