Dubbed ‘Cape Town’s Riviera’, the Atlantic Seaboard is the place to be when visiting Cape Town. This stretch of coast encompasses beachfront neighbourhoods, world-class beaches, and vibey jaunts.
The Atlantic Seaboard is the diamond in an already jewel-encrusted crown.
While there is so much more to Cape Town than this coastal stretch, it certainly is one of the most popular areas in the Mother City. Locals and tourists alike flock to this part of the world for its beaches and stunning scenery.
Guide to Cape Town’s Atlantic Seaboard
Stretching from the V&A Waterfront to Hout Bay and comprising 10 suburbs: Bantry Bay, Camps Bay, Clifton, Fresnaye, Green Point, Hout Bay, Llandudno, Mouille Point, Sea Point, and Three Anchor Bay, there’s no shortage of things to do and see.
The Atlantic Seaboard encompasses some of the most popular attractions in the country, including breath-taking views, world-class beaches, and is characterised by a mixture of carefree by-the-beach attitudes and excessive luxury.
Sea Point promenade is a constant hive of activity, with joggers, strollers and dog walkers all vying for space. It’s a great place for seaside strolls and catch-up coffee sessions.
Although the beaches in Camps Bay and Clifton are worthy of the pages of Condé Nast Traveller, the waters are icy – a surefire way to cool down on a hot summer’s day. But even with their frigid waters, Camps Bay and Clifton still manages to attract a large number of foreign visitors and residents, with the Twelve Apostles as a backdrop and white sandy beaches.
The Atlantic Seaboard is full of trendy spots to see and be seen. Head over to Grand Africa, in Green Point, or The Bungalow, in Clifton, for sun downers and spectacular views of the ocean or sit down to haut-cuisine at restaurants like Umi, in Camps Bay, for the best in Asian cuisine; or Sotano, in Mouille Point for smooth Jazz and uncomplicated but delicious Mediterranean fare.
Green Point, Mouille Point and Clifton were once slightly dodgey red-light districts, but are now thriving hubs with luxury accommodation, specialist boutiques and popular restaurants.
Hout Bay is the most suburban area of the Atlantic Seaboard. Situated in a sheltered bay, Hout Bay comprises large family bungalows and tree-lined avenues. On weekends, a great way to spend the day is at the Harbour Bay Market. Located at the foot of the Hangberg Mountain, overlooking Chapman’s Peak, it’s a great spot to sit back and relax with a cold one and enjoy the views.
Over the “Suikerbossie” pass lies Llandudno, a purely residential village, that contains no shops, street lights, or any other commercial offering, as well as a rightly famed Blue Flag beach.
The Atlantic Seapoint has been described as one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world, with world-class beaches, local markets, and fine-dining, all mixed with a relaxed atmosphere – it is definitely worth a visit.
Another way to see this beautiful part of the world is from above. Why not take a scenic helicopter ride and get uninterrupted views of Cape Town?