SIMPLY RELAX ON YOUR BALCONY & THEN START TO INVIGORATE, INVESTIGATE & EXPLORE

The Cape Siesta Beach house is conveniently located in the South Peninsula known for its tranquility, nature & adventure and is home to one of the world’s most beautiful & spectacular passes, Chapman’s Peak Drive, as well as seaside villages and suburbs. The Peninsula is made up of Hout Bay, Chapman’s Peak Drive, Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Scarborough, Cape Point, Simon’s Town, Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St James and Muizenburg.

Besides exploring our wonderful neighbourhood, enjoying seaside walks & a variety of stunning beaches or simply exploring mountain pathways or finding a spot on a secluded mountain peak, there are a number of must-do experiences:

Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek’s beach is only a few minutes’ walk away through a variety of beautiful staircases down the mountain. Explore the rocky path & tidal pools on Jagger’s walk, a concrete catwalk that stretches along the rocky shoreline from Fish Hoek beach towards Simon’s Town or kayak in the bay with Aqua Trails River Rafting & Kayaking (www.AquaTrails.co.za).

This seaside village is surrounded by rugged mountains and boasts one of the safest swimming beaches in Cape Town. Fish Hoek is a glorious bay with a beautiful white sandy beach, with colourful Victorian bathing boxes that add a festive flavour. The beach is a favourite with wind surfers, lifesavers and hobby cat sailors. Visitors mingle with the locals who swim and walk their dogs on the accessible beach or stroll along the catwalk which heads southwards to Sunny Cove. The Fish Hoek Galley Restaurant (www.FishhoekGalley.com), is situated right on the beach and offers both a restaurant and take-aways and is a prime whale watching site to view the Southern Right Whales when they are in the bay to calf, between July and November.

The Clovelly Country Club (www.clovelly.co.za) is one of the finest 18-hole picturesque golf courses and driving ranges in the country located in the beautiful Silvermine Valley in the Fish Hoek Valley. Fish Hoek is home to an early stone age historic site where the remains of the 12 000 year-old man with a collection of stone-age tools was found. More history of the area can be found at the Fish Hoek Valley museum or you can take a hike to this ancient heritage area Peers Cave.

Barracudas (www.baracudas.co.za) is a is a family restaurant with a relaxed atmosphere specializing in seafood. Situated on the Fish Hoek beach front, it boasts a fresh, contemporary and natural feel with a touch of coral and aqua with maximum views through floor to ceiling glass.

With two coastlines, there is a multitude of restaurants with spectacular outdoor eating locations, fresh ingredients and first-rate cooking, it’s no wonder that Seafood is the taste of the day, although meat eaters are well catered for and there is a selection of exotic game dishes in many of the restaurants on the Cape Point Route. Vegetarian fare can be found at most restaurants, along with variable choices of international cuisine & traditional South African dishes.

Fish Hoek is renowned for its density of beautiful churches. On a Sunday morning, you wake up to the magical sound of the church bells ringing. The Town is also a "dry" area - one of the conditions placed by the owner who gave the land for development was that there be no alcohol sold there. Nowadays, alcohol is available, however in restaurants and bars, but there are no bottle stores.

Kalk Bay & St.James

Kalk Bay & St.James are one of Cape Town’s trendiest seaside villages and reflects a cosmopolitan heritage and a long fishing history. There is a arty vibe, a growing nightlife, with great theatre and the art, architecture and cuisine are much sought after. This fishing village, with a natural harbour is a buzz with local fisherman, bohemian shopping, antiques, crafts and superb restaurants. Take a stroll along the wharf and browse the quirky shops & look out for the traditional fishing vessels returning with the catch of the day and join the “fish auction”” market. Grab some fish and chips at Kalky’s or dine elegantly with superb sea views at the Harbour House Restaurant (www.HarbourHouse.co.za). Surrounded yourself by rolling waves and enjoy live entertainment & the tidal pool at The Brass Bell restaurant & pub (www.BrassBell.co.za). Indulge in a cocktail & cigar at the famous, unique, classic and unbelievable Cape to Cuba Restaurant (www.CapetoCuba.com).

Noordhoek

Enjoy a stroll down Noordhoek Beach – a superb stretch of beautiful white sand just a few minute’s-drive to the Atlantic Ocean side. Here you can find the SS Kakopo shipwreck from the early 1900’s.

There is also Horse Riding on Noordhoek Beach (www.SleepyHollowHorseRiding.com) There is a variety of lovely secret restaurants in the areas in Noordhoek such in the Farm Village (www.theFarmVillage.co.za), the delicious Thursday afternoon food market at the Cape Point Vineyards (www.CapePointVineyards.co.za).

Sit back and relax with friends, family and pets at the Red Herring Pub & Restaurant (www.theRedHerring.co.za) or enjoy the spectacular view of Noordhoek Beach on the deck of the Monkey Valley Restaurant (www.MonkeyValleyResort.com)

Long Beach Mall (www.LongBeachMall.co.za) and Sun Valley Mall (www.SunvalleyMall.co.za) adjacent to each other have everything you need to enjoy an effortless, stress-free lifestyle. There are oceans of shopping inspiration and entertainment with over 100 stores and restaurants on one level, you’ll find all the fun, fashion, food and homeware you need. There is also a Virgin Active Gym with a lovely warm pool, sauna & steam room facilities.

Chapman’s Peak & Hout Bay

Chapman`s Peak Drive is one of the world’s most spectacular passes. Take a drive through this pass to Hout Bay and enjoy a full day relaxing at the Hout Bay Harbour, with a variety of restaurants and Boat trips to choose from.

The Dunes Restaurant (www.DunesRestaurant.co.za) is a beautiful beach restaurant situated on Hout Bay Beach, with stunning views of the beach, Chapman's Peak and the surrounding mountains.

The Hout Bay Harbour Market (www.BayHarbour.co.za) is a creative & vibrant South African Fleamarket with a unique festive spirit in an old authentic fish factory, just opposite the famous Fish on the Rocks eatery (www.FishontheRocks.com), where you can enjoy fresh fish & chips on the Atlantic Ocean, while watching the Fishing boats go by, with spectacular Chapman’s Peak in the Background.

Enjoy walking through the tropical garden settings in the Hout Bay Valley in The World of Birds Sanctuary & Monkey Park (www.WorldofBirds.org.za), one of the largest bird parks in Africa and one of the few large bird parks in the World that exhibits over 3 000 birds (and small animals) of 400 different species, uniquely presented in more than 100 spacious landscaped walks through aviaries, allowing you the most intimate closeness with nature.

Cape Point

Cape Point (www.CapePoint.co.za) is a nature reserve (20 min by car) where the cold Benguela current on the west coast and the warm Agulhus current on the east coast merge, often in cataclysmic confrontation. It is also one of the highest sea cliffs in the world – 249m above sea level.

There is also an Ostrich Farm (www.CapePointOstrichFarm.com), where you can join a guided tour of the farm to see the life cycle of an ostrich from egg to the adult bird.

Imhoff Farm (www.imhoffFarm.co.za) is situated on the site of a former dairy and livestock farm, featuring a conglomerate of food stores, eateries, art galleries and craft, clothing and gift shops all housed in the original stables, slave quarters and milking sheds from its past life. On any given sunny day, kids and their parents can be found browsing around, playing on the grassy patches or taking in the rolling sea & mountain views and enjoying snacks from the Blue Water Café. There’s the Snake Park and Reptile Centre or you can saddle up for a Camel Ride. There is also paintball or laser tag or kids can get face painting and henna tattoos done.

Simons Town

On the way to Simon’s Town is Dixies Restaurant (www.DixiesRestaurant.co.za) overlooking the Indian Ocean. This restaurant and pub, has a warm laid-back atmosphere and has become famous with locals, tourists, fishermen and bikers.

For more than two centuries charming historical Simon’s Town has been a naval base and maritime naval town harbour. It is full of history and tradition and has a vast array of various, museums, local shops and restaurants to offer from local to international cuisine. Seafood dining is often the speciality but you will find everything from fine dining to Italian & Japanese in Simon’s Town. Yet there are many activities on offer from Boat Trips to Kayaking, beaches, museums, golfing & fishing.

Jubilee Square has a statue of an able Seaman and Just Nuisance, a great Dane dog that befriended the Royal Naval sailors during World War 2 and was buried with full military honours. He has become a Simon’s Town mascot. There is an African curio market on the cobbled Jubilee Square.

The Simon’s Town Waterfront is a small and tasteful centre, that boasts an interesting variety of shops, art galleries, book shops, antique shops, curio shops, craftwork and clothing and a hotel with conference facilities.

One of Simon’s Town Beaches is Long Beach, the walking, doing, playing beach of Simon’s Town. Glencairn Beach is for kite surfers, windsurfers, paddlers, snorkelers and families love this beach. Great for a sneaky swim!

Simon’s Town is also home to the famous thriving African Penguin Colony at Boulders Beach (www.SanParks.org). The elevated boardwalks amongst the Beach provide excellent viewing opportunities for penguins and whales. Boulder’s Beach has giant granite boulders protecting the beach area – perfect for safe family swimming with the penguins. It is a pay for entry beach to protect one of the world’s only land based penguin colonies.

One of the highly recommended Restaurants you can delight in, alongside the penguin beach is Seaforth Restaurant (www.Seaforth.co.za), where penguins roam outside on the green lawns in the vicinity of the restaurant sniffing the delicious smells from the seafood cooking delights. This Seaforth Beach is an ideal family setting, natural swimming bay and picnic lawn.

Millers point is a family friendly recreational area, it has a children’s tidal pool, snorkelling, scuba diving and a boat launching slipway. Fisherman’s beach with its grassy slopes is a small secluded family beach in Murdoch valley. It also has a lovely hidden restaurant, as you’re travelling towards Cape Point, known as the Black Marlin Restaurant (www.BlackMarlin.co.za), that has stunning deck sea views in a tranquil garden and an old Cape Dutch style house overlooking the ocean.

The Roman Rock Lighthouse (www.lighthouses.co.za) is South Africa’s third oldest lighthouse and the only one built on a rock! A true Simon’s Town landmark

Seal Island is home to 74 000 Cape Fur Seals, 24 bird species and is a natural hunting ground of the Great White Shark, where you can do great white shark cage diving or viewing – leaving from Simon’s Town harbour.

Scratch Patch & Mineral World (www.ScratchPatch.co.za) takes you through a fascinating tour through a gemstone tumbling factory, where you can scratch for your own gem stones at the scratch patch and browse through the unusual jewellery and gift shop.

There are 4 museums in Simon’s Town reflecting the history of Simons’ Town and many churches of Historical significance:
  • Simon’s Town Museum:Depicts the history of the Simon’s Town community, past and present, with an emphasis on the town’s diversity of origins, cultures and religions.  Guided tours available. Simon's Town Museum offers regular walking tours of the historic town centre.
  • Heritage Museum: Discover the rich heritage of the Muslim generations of Simon’s Town.
  • Warrior Toy Museum: This museum showcases a unique collection of toy cars and trains, dolls and lead soldiers.
  • The South African Naval Museum: archives both British and local naval history and houses a submarine diorama. The museum is the custodian of the Martello Tower.
  • Church of St Francis: This is the oldest Anglican church in South Africa.
Simon’s Town Golf Club (www.SimonstownCountryclub.com) overlooks False Bay and offers you the experience of an uncrowded 9-hole golf course with unsurpassed sea and mountain views. Be careful to avoid any African penguins that may be cruising the fairways.

Simon’s Town Sea Kayaking (www.KayakCapetown.co.za) allows you to get close to the water in a stable sea kayak and visit the African penguins from the water.

There are various Boat Trips that head off in various directions from the Simon’s Town jetty and cover harbour tours, whale watching, shark cage diving, pelagic birding, seal island and trips to Cape Point.

Simons’ Town is famous for its land based viewing of Whale Watching; the Southern Right Whales (also Humpbacks and Bryde’s whales) from June – November, or you can get up close and personal on a whale watching boat trip – Simon’s Town Boat Company (www.boatcompany.co.za).

Deep Sea Fishing (www.BigblueFishingCharters.com) offers big game fishing (including various tuna species) and inshore game and reef fishing for yellowtail or snoek. Fishing charters operate out of Simon’s Town harbour in False Bay.

Simon’s town has plenty of 5 star Scuba Diving facilities offering a full range of dive training courses, where you can explore the shipwrecks or dive with the famous prehistoric cow sharks. Some of the scuba centres are Ollava Scuba (www.ollava.co.za) and Pisces Divers (www.PiscesDivers.co.za). Dive with the Sharks with African Diving Eco charters. Go on a Shark Cage Diving or breaching trip with one of the top shark cage diving company’s, specializing in shark cage diving, breaching, viewing and filming trips (www.ultimate-animals.com)

The Cape Siesta Beach house wants you to Arrive Curious & Leave Inspired!

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