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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4 out of 5 stars!

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A Wonderful night away
Pringle Bay is close enough to Hout Bay, Cape Town to be able to make it a one-night visit, but far enough away that you feel you've been away. We arrived early Friday morning. There is plenty to explore in Pringle Bay, beautiful clear waters, lovely walks (we went to Hangklip Light-house), and found the most amazing restaurant - Bistro 365 and Simply Coffee. Would have wanted to have stayed longer unfortunately Saturday afternoon commitments didn't allow for that. It is a really LOVELY village, in the true sense of the word. One block for the "town centre". Felt like we'd been there longe...
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Philippa Williams
South Africa

Lovely and quiet small town with great coast
Pringle Bay is large enough to have a few lovely restaurants and small enough to still feel like you're out of the city. Lovely long beach and incredible fynbos with dramatic mountain backdrop makes for a beautiful vacation spot. Do be aware of the wind as it can make the nights cold or make it impossible to go to the beach, but all in all really lovely!
Daniella Biess
South Africa

Hook Line and Sinker
There is a small restaurant in Pringle Bay called the hook, line and sinker. You need to book as there are only 5 tables but the food and the vibe is out of this world!! You basically sit in and around the kitchen and the very eccentric chef cooks your meals in a properse fire place.A definite must for anybody new to the area!!
Timothy Sewell
South Africa

Fall in love with Pringle Bay
If you are looking for a relaxing holiday or weekend getaway – far from the hustle and bustle of city life, yet close to civilization – Pringle Bay is the place to go! This quiet and relaxed village has plenty to offer. It is situated only 67 km from Cape Town International Airport, along the Whale Coast in the unique and beautiful Kogelberg Biosphere. Pringle Bay’s picture perfect white sandy beach is surrounded by sand dunes on the one side and the ocean on the other. The beach is about 2 km long and set against a backdrop of mountains covered by our unique and beautiful fynbos. Across the...
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Catarina Chemaly
South Africa

Pringle Bay - Best kept secret
Always enjoy staying at Pringle Bay. In wet, wind or sunshine, great place and within close proximity to all amenities
Brian Turnbull
South Africa

Welcoming town
We appreciated the quite, safety and general cleanliness of the area with a very, very friendly and welcoming community. Many thanks to the community of Pringle Bay.
John Hare
South Africa

Pringle Bay
We appreciated the quietness, safety and general cleanliness of the area with a very, very friendly and welcoming community. Many thanks to the community of Pringle Bay.
John Hare
South Africa

Pringle bay
Lovely lagoon, wide, quiet beach, clear water, views, easy access to beach friendly, helpful people, young age group, small and not built up yet. Think there should be a chemist or something similar available.
Samantha Blumberg
South Africa

Great beach
Great beach, not many people, clean and lots of space. Nice lagoon for kiddies.
Nicky Liebenberg
South Africa

Lovely windy sunny laid back.
tony isemonger
South Africa

Lovely location
It is a short drive from Cape Town and also a quiet getaway from city life although it's around the corner. It is one of those discreet little coastal places where you can find your soul and rescue yourself and succumb to a world hidden from the rest of Cape Town. It is a jewel nestled among the mountains, a true lost world.
naas de koker
South Africa

Pringle Bay
On a good day the beach is fantastic and the restuarants in the village are outstanding especially Hook Line and Sinker, it's what a fresh fish eatery should be. Intimate and great food.
mike lillyman
South Africa

Lose your heart to the Bay
Great people, shops, nature and proximity to Cape Town I liked it so much I invested in property there !!
Spurge Rudman
South Africa

pringle bay
its the place to be, not to far away en lots and lots to do (beaches, birds, beautiful fynbos, hiking, ens.....go and enjoin it.....
sandra de klerk
South Africa

Nice but windy
Very nice but too windy - great beach!
Lynn Swart
South Africa

Coastal jewel
'n Wonderlike juweel aan die kus!A wonderful jewel along the coast!
Louisa du Preez
South Africa

Pringle Bay experience
As a family we had a lovely time. The beach is clean and a lovely place for long walks. Just be careful of the baboons. I have never seen such clever creatures (criminals).
Hodgson Estelle
South Africa

Pringle Bay experience
As a family we had a lovely time. The beach is clean and a lovely place for long walks. Just beware of the baboons. I have never seen such clever creatures - 'criminals'.
Hodgson Estelle
South Africa

Seaside escape
A quiet seaside town, with great walks on the beach and lovely views. A great place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life. Take the family with for fun in the sun and festive braais in the evening.
Kyle Hepple
South Africa