Top Ten Coastal Towns to visit in Cape Town

April 23, 2024
Lone person standing on Tidal Pool in Gordons Bay

There are many reasons why people love coastal towns. I personally love to explore a coastal town, as you will always find such character, charm and beauty! Coastal towns tend to have a relaxed and laid-back vibe. The soothing sound of waves crashing against the shore, the gentle sea breeze, and the slower pace of life can all contribute to a sense of tranquility and calmness.

Simonstown from Red Hill

Why I love Coastal Towns:

Scenic Beauty

Coastal towns often boast stunning natural scenery, with panoramic views of the ocean, rugged cliffs, sandy beaches, and picturesque harbours. The combination of sea, sky, and land creates a breathtaking backdrop that captivates visitors.

Outdoor Activities

Whether it’s swimming, surfing, snorkelling, fishing, or simply strolling along the beach, coastal towns offer a wide range of outdoor activities for visitors to enjoy. The ocean provides endless opportunities for recreation and adventure, making it a paradise for water enthusiasts.

Seafood Delights

Coastal towns are often renowned for their fresh seafood. From fish and chips to lobster and oysters, there’s no shortage of delicious culinary delights to tempt your taste buds. Many coastal restaurants specialize in seafood dishes that showcase the local catch of the day.

Muscles with homemade bread Seafood Cape Town

Charming Communities

Coastal towns typically have tight-knit communities with a strong sense of local pride and identity. Visitors often find themselves welcomed with warmth and hospitality, and they may have the chance to engage with friendly locals and learn about the area’s history and culture.

Connection to Nature

Living or visiting a coastal town fosters a deep connection to nature. Whether it’s watching the sunrise over the ocean, spotting dolphins playing in the waves, or marvelling at the diversity of marine life, being by the sea can evoke a sense of wonder and appreciation for the natural world.

Health Benefits: Spending time in coastal towns can have positive effects on both physical and mental health. The sea air is believed to be invigorating and can improve respiratory health, while the calming sounds of the ocean can reduce stress and promote relaxation.

These are just a few reasons why many people find themselves drawn to coastal towns and feel a deep sense of love and appreciation for them. Cape Town, South Africa, offers a stunning coastline dotted with charming towns.

Here are Top Ten Coastal Towns in and around Cape Town that are worth a visit:


Best known, for the famous for whale watching, Hermanus boasts stunning coastal scenery, beautiful beaches, and a vibrant arts scene. Without a question, if you are on the hunt for whales, this if the town you need to book at. Uniquely, you can see the whales in season from the rocks. No doubt, the whale watching is phenomenal.

Whale Wartching from Hermanus

Simon’s Town

Known for its historical significance, Simon’s Town offers picturesque streets lined with colourful buildings, as well as opportunities for penguin watching at Boulders Beach. You will find many beaches, the famous Boulders Beach where you will find penguins.

Penguin in Simonstown

Kalk Bay

Without question, my most favourite. This is a quaint fishing village. Kalk Bay is filled with trendy shops, art galleries, and seafood restaurants. Don’t miss the chance to stroll along the harbour and browse the local boutiques.


Located on the West Coast, Langebaan is renowned for its pristine beaches and excellent water sports, including windsurfing and kiteboarding. Most of the beaches in this area are scattered with kite surfers.  The wind and the idyllic waters are very sort after! Book yourself a place to stay on the beach and go enjoy this lovely area! Perfect for the family!

Kite surfing in Langebaan


Famous for its vibrant beach huts and excellent surfing conditions, Muizenberg is a popular spot for both locals and tourists alike. Here you will find many locals, surfers and all walks of life. I love the cosmopolitan style of this coastal place. Empire Cafe is a must and of course for a great supper, hit Bang K.

Camps Bay

Known for its palm-lined beach and trendy atmosphere, Camps Bay is a favourite destination for sunbathers, swimmers, and those looking to enjoy the lively beachfront cafes and bars. Usually, very busy. This beach is very trendy and expensive!

Camps Bay at Night

Gordons Bay

Nestled between the Hottentots-Holland Mountains and the ocean, Gordons Bay offers breathtaking views, tranquil beaches, and a relaxed atmosphere. Another lovely walk along the promenade, grab a soft serve and enjoy the surfers.

St James

Coupled with, the renowned for its colourful Victorian bathing boxes, St James is a charming seaside suburb perfect for leisurely walks along the promenade. The famous Dalebrook Tidal pool is found here and is a hit with all the locals. This tidal pool is the perfect pool to swim in when the tide is high!

Hout Bay

Surrounded by mountains, Hout Bay is a picturesque fishing village offering a bustling harbour, scenic drives, and opportunities for boat trips to Seal Island. You can get great fish and chips here!

Seal at Hout Bay


Simply, sublime. Very remote, this town along the coast, Arniston is a remote fishing village known for its unspoiled beaches, limestone cliffs, and rich marine life. Its important to note, this is wild and wonderful. Beautiful yet spacious.  You will not find shopping here, but long walks on untouched beaches.

Each of these coastal towns offers its own unique charm and attractions, making them all worth exploring during a visit to Cape Town. If you can overnight to explore longer, this will always be a bonus! Coastal towns have oodles of character! Finally, my personal favourite is Kalk Bay!

My top 10 coastal towns in and around Cape Town

    1 comment

  • Katherine
    April 25, 2024

    I live in the UK now and miss the Cape Coastal line! Thanks for reminding of it! Our best best was boulders, windmill and Simonstown the best food! Salty sea dog fish and chips! Delicious! And of course the weather! I miss home! So much!

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