The Atlantic Seaboard is the trendiest and most expensive of Cape Town’s seaside real estate, curving west from the Waterfront to the southern tip of the peninsula. Posh suburbs are perched on the steep slopes of Table Mountain with dazzling views of the ocean.

The sea water is icy, cooler by a few degrees than on the False Bay side. Plunging in is a great shock to the system but the beaches are gorgeous, perfect for catching a tan, picnicking or sundowners – the sun sets over the ocean on this side, setting it ablaze with colour. The rugged crags of the Twelve Apostles loom above the bays and coastal road which runs from Mouille Point all the way to Llandudno.

On the western side of the Waterfront the coastal road leads to the suburbs of Mouille Point and Green Point. Originally a dodgy red-light district, the recent access to the Waterfront has turned them into a flourishing area of restaurants, clubs and accommodation. When the sea mists roll in don’t be alarmed by the foghorn from Green Point lighthouse – it’s incredibly loud. This chubby Victorian beacon is rather cute and looks like it comes straight out of a children’s book - painted with diagonal red and white stripes.

Sea Point merges with Green Point and has a well earned reputation for good eating places. High rise apartments compete for ocean views and along the promenade there’s a cosmopolitan blend of yuppies, retired folk with pooches, moms pushing prams, street kids and vagrants. This slight shabbiness dissolves as you head into Bantry Bay, flush with upmarket resort hotels and self-catering apartments – all within easy walking distance of the restaurants.

Just around the corner one heads into heavyweight real estate turf. Sheltered by Lion’s Head, Clifton is awash with stunning apartments edging four amazing beaches that are packed with gorgeous bodies in summer.

The palm-fringed white beach and jet set crowd of Camps Bay has earned it the reputation of being the 'Cape Riviera'. It’s crammed with beachfront bistros, restaurants and cocktail venues and even has its own Theatre on the Bay.

Llandudno is an isolated upmarket seaside suburb that has a laid back beach flanked by enormous boulders. It’s a good surfing spot and gets hectically busy on weekends.

Hout Bay is conveniently situated with two routes into the city. You can either travel along Victoria Road towards Camps Bay or travel inland via Constantia. Accommodation is plentiful and the town is family friendly with a large fishing harbour, shopping centres and a great beach. Scrutinize curious species at the World of Birds, check out spazas, shebeens and a local witchdoctor on a township tour or take a scenic boat trip to Seal Island.

Chapman’s Peak Drive is an exhilarating 10km road cut into the mountainside with cliffs dropping into the sea. The viewpoints allow you to stop and gaze at the breathtaking vista of Hout Bay and the Sentinel. If the weather is dodgy it could dangerous so phone before making the trip as it could be closed.

Noordhoek is a rather sleepy, horsy settlement lying at the foot of Chapman’s Peak. Closest to the beach is the Red herring restaurant and Fingo Cafe and on the main road is the Noordhoek Farm Village, a good place to stop on family outings. You can stock up on locally grown fresh produce or have a casual al fresco lunch under the trees.

Kommetjie is just a 3km walk along the beach but a 15km drive inland. It has a famous surf spot and attracts lots of surfer types. Slangkop lighthouse illuminates the village at night and is the tallest cast-iron lighthouse on South Africa’s coast. From here it’s a scenic 10km drive to Misty Cliffs and Scarborough, the most remote suburbs along the peninsula.

Bordering Cape Point, these far flung villages are frequented by troops of wild baboon who sometimes wreck havoc if they manage to gain access into the houses. You can often spot them frolicking along the road from Kommetjie.


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Scarborough Scarborough
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Peaceful
Stunning small west coast town. A great place to unwind and enjoy nature.
Tom Williams
South Africa

Green Point Green Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Great Suburb
Great place to stay, very hand location. Can walk into the City and the Waterfront is within walking distance. Nice village atmosphere.
Julie Mason
Australia

Camps Bay Camps Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Camps Bay Sunshine
I had a lovely stay at Camps Bay, we were very close to the beach and restaurants. The environment is vey family friendly and Tree Tops was the best accommodation to date in Camps Bay. Thank you Barry & Moira.....Collette & Gracious
Collette Phiri
South Africa

Hout Bay Hout Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Must stop to enjoy fresh fish!
The harbour remains beautiful and a great place to stop at to enjoy fresh fish!
Bernie Jardim
South Africa

Hout Bay Hout Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Hout Bay
Loved Mariner's Wharf, so many little bits and pieces and the dinner and service in the restaurant were wonderful.All the staff were very helpful and accommodating in the whole centre.
Corrie Towler
South Africa

Llandudno Llandudno
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Unique beach
The weekend of 17th 18th April was two of the best days this year. The sea was very calm with no wind at all. The beach was clean and the rock formations were so special. Really a beautiful place.
Elsbeth Verhoeven
South Africa

Green Point Green Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Fred Orban
Thanks for the hospitality. The accommodation is well equipped and the staff very helpful especially for us who seldom come to the big City.
Fred Orban
South Africa

Green Point Green Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Beluga apartment
This is a fabulous place to stay, comfortable, clean and really well equipped. A superb location, all mod cons and the booking could not be easier. I highly recommend it.
June Denny
England

Llandudno Llandudno
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Best part of Cape Town
The beach feels like your own private beach and its just too beautiful.
Helen Nicolas
South Africa

Mouille Point Mouille Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Mouille Point is THE place to be at
Mouille Point is an excellent place to be at, it's clean, safe and so fantastic to see so many people enjoying their walks with family or friends chatting and smiling as they go along, and all the joggers running along, that's really life quality just watching people relaxing without stress! There's also a putt putt (mini golf)which is so much fun to do with family or friends, of course when one feels for a nibble or chill the thirst there are some really good restaurants.Rhoda Graf
rhoda graf
South Africa

Clifton Clifton
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Amazing beaches
Best beaches to escape the South East wind.
Sam Black

Camps Bay Camps Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

One of the most beautiful beaches in the whole Cape
Camps Bay really has got it all. World Famous Mountains. The Twelve Apostles, Lion's Head, Table Mountain and a perfect crescent of white sand set among scattered granite boulders. An azure blue Atlantic ocean where yachts and cruise boats love to drop their anchors and, into which the sun will drop spectacularly every evening. Add to that a street full of fabulous restaurants, trendy bars and spectacular seafood. It's hard to beat even when the wind blows.
Graham Lamont
South Africa

Noordhoek Noordhoek
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Stunning Noordhoek
A splendid place to visit, superb views, lovely restaurants. All in all, a pleasure.
Rita Hails
South Africa

Llandudno Llandudno
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Its our secret
I don't want to tell people about Llandudno. I believe it is a national treasure and should be kept a secret.Mina Fischer Johannesburg.
Mina Fischer
South Africa

Hout Bay Hout Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Nice harbour
We visited a nice market and saw sea lions in the harbour.
Peter Leersnijder
South Africa

Kommetjie Kommetjie
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Great quiet little town
Great getaway from hustle and bustle of city life. A few good restaurants and beautiful beach. Best part of the Cape.
Bradley De Villiers
South Africa

Hout Bay Hout Bay
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Great holiday destination
Go to The Lookout on Sunday to hear live music by Tanglewood! Very talented group.Sunday market at the far end of the harbour at weekends is amazing - genuine local crafts and organics, live band, fantastic array of freshly prepared food for every taste. Lively beach town with lots to offer and is at the start/end of Chapmans Peak Drive which is an absolute must for visitors.
Alison Mayhew
England

Green Point Green Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Green point
Great part of town, close to good places to eat.
Jonathan Schulze
Denmark

Misty Cliffs Misty Cliffs
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Very relaxing
Misty Cliffs is the perfect location for a relaxing Holiday. Almost no people on the beach and very quiet - just the sound of the crushing waves . No Restaurants around (only one in Scarborough). The next supermarket (mall) is located in Sunnydale.
Birgit Bastian
Germany

Sea Point Sea Point
Suburb of Atlantic Seaboard South

Bustling Central Town
Sea Point offers a variety of everything you would need. Shops, Coffee Bars, Restaurants, Beach and a Beautiful Promenade for an early morning walk. It is in close proximity to the V&A which is always a bonus.
Lauren Martin
South Africa