Destinations & Attractions in False Bay, in Cape Town

False Bay Destinations & Attractions

The False Bay region is undeniably beautiful, and it enjoys an extra appeal as it is not inundated with tourists despite its being full of things to do and see. This area extends between Hangklip and the famously scenic Cape Point. It is characterised by exquisite rolling mountains that all but meet the waters of the warmer Indian Ocean. It is these warm waters that make the beaches popular amongst those that want to spend lazy days swimming and sunbathing.

The views of, in and around False Bay are truly breath-taking, setting the scene for a memorable holiday. The sea views are made even more special by the frequent appearance of Humpback and Southern Right whales, which come to enjoy the temperate waters as they calve, delighting onlookers with their lobtailing, spyhopping and breaching.

Kalk Bay is one of the main attractions of the region of False Bay, known and loved for its bohemian chic and arty appeal. The main road of this fishing village is littered with gorgeous little book shops, art galleries, ice cream parlours and clothing boutiques. The little harbour is ultimately charming, and is the prime hotspot for great fresh fish. The houses of Kalk Bay are perched on the hillside, making them prime properties.

Fish Hoek is a village that is just a little further on from Kalk Bay. It is a sleepy spot that has not changed much over the years. Its local residents comprise mainly of retirees and holiday-makers, giving it a laid-back vibe. The Fish Hoek Beach measures 1.5 kilometres and is suitable for swimming.

The naval town of Simon's Town is a charming little haven that has a rich history, thanks to its involvement in the navy for the past two centuries. One of the natural attractions of Simon’s Town is Boulders Beach, which is a pretty little collection of pools and rocks that is home to a growing colony of African penguins. These marine birds are protected, but frequently approach the visitors that come to see their picturesque home.

The Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve stretches between Cape Point and Signal Hill and comprises mile upon mile of wild landscape and magnificent Western Cape vegetation. This is home to a huge variety of animals and birds, which make the entire area quite magnificent.

The False Bay region also comprises St James, Muizenberg, Clovelly and Glencairn, as well as the False Bay Ecology Park, Red Hill, Silvermine Nature Reserve and the Westlake Golf Course.

Castle Rock

Castle Rock has some of the most magnificent views over False Bay and is also one of the best diving spots in the area. Swim with the penguins in the protected bay of Boulders Beach which is only 3 kilometres away ...


Although a suburb of the city of Cape Town, Clovelly manages to have an appealing country quality about it. It lies on the mountain slope above the beach surrounded by dunes and some wonderful stretches of indigenous fynbos, ...

Fish Hoek

Fish Hoek has one of the loveliest and safest beaches on the False Bay Coast. It is an ideal family beach and its calm bay is almost guaranteed to provide good swimming, snorkeling along the rocks and a long sandy stretch of ...


This mountainous village with fantastic sea views is actually a wetland conservation area with many hiking trails. It contains 2250 indigenous plant species, resident clawless otters, birds, mongooses and buck - and all this just ...

Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay is home to one of the last remaining working harbours in South Africa. Not only can you meet the returning boats at noon for their catch of the day, but the little cobbled streets, shops and restaurants make this an easy ...


This is a highly sought after residential area which lies between the suburbs of West Lake and Muizenberg. Below Lakeside, the Zandvlei Lake offers a number of activities such as yachting, windsurfing, canoeing and ...

Marina da Gama

Marina da Gama is built along the banks of the Zandvlei Lake. There are shopping centres just across the road from the development and the beaches of Muizenberg are within walking distance ...


With beach stretching for miles, Muizenberg is definitely one of the most popular surfing spots in the False Bay area. Above Muizenberg there is a line of rugged, steep cliffs offering some superb rock climbing opportunities and ...

Simons Town

Simon’s Town is a quaint little village along the bay with many historical buildings. It is home to Just Nuisance, the world famous Great Dane who was awarded the title of Able Seaman in the Royal Navy ...

Smitswinkel Bay

The secluded Smitswinkel Bay (also known as Smitswinkelbaai) lies hidden beneath the curve of the road that takes one to Cape Point Nature Reserve from Cape Town, a small bay reached only with some effort on foot, for it lies at ...

St James

St James is a pretty little seaside village situated just before Kalk Bay. With a large tidal pool and quaint beach, St James is a great summer destination which offers safe swimming and is sheltered from the notorious Cape Town ...
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