False Bay is a long crescent of beach (around 120km) from Cape Point on the west to Hangklip on the east. Its name comes from days long past when Hangklip was mistaken for the Cape Point. False Bay is a distinctive area with superb beaches, picturesque seaside towns and appealing old-world character.
Hire Car Cape Town Airport and visit False Bay for an extraordinary Cape holiday. Tour the beaches, sample the restaurants and enjoy a sense of community!
False Bay is a long crescent of beach (around 120km) from Cape Point on the west to Hangklip on the east. Its name comes from days long past when Hangklip was mistaken for the Cape Point. False Bay is a distinctive area with superb beaches, picturesque seaside towns and appealing old-world character. On this side of the mountain the pace of life is unhurried, the the water is warmer, and there’s a genuine sense of community. The landscapes are beautiful, with mountains appearing to rise from the sea while villages rest at their feet. Hire Car Cape Town Airport and sightsee the coastline at your leisure.
Muizenberg is the name of the town as well as the mountain behind it. Jam-packed with fantastic little shops and great restaurants, Muizenberg is a terrific place to spend a few days. The beach is very good for swimming and plenty of young surfers have started their training there. Be sure to take your camera for a picture of the iconic, brightly coloured changing rooms that have appeared in many a postcard! Shopping addicts will love the Muizenberg Market.
Kalk Bay is a charming, relaxed fishing village with four tidal pools for safe swimming. The little streets almost burst with exciting shops and many creative people; artists and writers, live in the area. Local galleries feature the work of resident designers and craftsmen. The Kalk Bay Theatre is very popular and well-known for its outstanding entertainment.
Fish Hoek is one of the larger towns in False Bay. It’s renowned for its incredible beach, a 2.5km expanse of white sand and azure waters. It’s wonderful for families, with lots of space for towels, chairs, brollies, picnics and beach-cricket matches. The beach is under the watchful eye of lifeguards and the water is typically calm, offering good swimming for everyone from kids to adults. There’s also a walkway for leisurely strolls and whale watching.
Simon’s Town is South Africa’s naval town and the home of the Navy. It’s always interesting to see what naval ships are anchored in the harbour and an exploration of Simon’s Town’s naval history is truly intriguing. St. George’s Street is known as the “historical mile”, a road on which 21 buildings over 150 years old, including a naval museum and a toy museum, exist. Just Nuisance, the famous Great Dane “sailor” was awarded the title of “Able Seaman” in the Royal Navy and you’ll find his statue in Jubilee Square.
The endangered African Penguin colony lives on Boulders Beach. These delightful and inquisitive creatures are an enchanting study, and visitors are allowed on the beach for a small fee. A boardwalk connects two beaches inhabited by the penguins and is a lovely walk. The penguins are not tame and shouldn’t be approached, but it is amazing to be able to observe them so freely. The information centre runs a brilliant documentary on the penguins and their habitat throughout the day.
The coastal villages of False Bay offer a wonderfully unusual Cape holiday. Hire Car Cape Town Airport for a relaxing beach vacation.