It wasn’t until my first trip to South Africa that I realised just how captivating Cape Town is for those who love the sun and the surf. Cape Town is captivating on so many different levels and each trip is unique just like its surroundings. From the idyllic harbour at Robben Island where you can view the amazing coastline from a comfortable and scenic vantage point to Table Mountain, the mountains and of course Robben Island where Nelson Mandela took part in his famous ‘time out’ from the world. From there, you can also explore historic museums such as the South African Jewish Museum and the Cape Town Art Gallery before experiencing some amazing adventures on board your travel vessel. It’s no surprise then that most visitors to Cape Town include a visit to Robben Island and Table Mountain when their itinerary includes this beautiful tourist attraction. The iconic Fish restaurant is located in the harbour area and offers visitors a great experience in unique cuisine and local fish.
I love cape town for a number of reasons. One is the beaches; it truly is a paradise on earth, offering crystal clear water, tranquil beaches, with crystal clear azure skies. Robben Island has a white sandy beach ideal for relaxing and snorkelling before exploring the surrounding attractions. A trip to Table Mountain provides an excellent backdrop for any photo opportunities. Restaurants around the coast offer a wide variety of local dishes, and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to dining.
If you love surfing then Robben Island makes a great location to experience this sport. You can book into one of the six accommodation blocks that forms Robben Island, allowing you to set up right on the beach and get access to the waves as they come crashing down. Robben Island is also known for its high winds, making windsurfing a fantastic adventure during your stay. Other popular activities include wakeboarding, paragliding, bungee jumping and jet skiing. Robben Island has a great range of accommodation too, allowing you to find something appropriate for your budget.
Itineraries vary depending on the season, and you can visit Cape Town during any month between January and April. In the winter months the town becomes a popular tourist destination, especially for visitors who want to experience something a little different. Robben Island becomes a winter wonderland, with snowcapped peaks and stunning views over the harbour. During this time the town also offers a range of activities, including sailing, water skiing and snowmobiling.
Robben Island is also a great place to visit in the summer, when it becomes a favourite hotspot for beachgoers looking to take advantage of suntan conditions. It offers pristine beaches and lots of activities for families to participate in. Surfers will find some of the best surfing in the country around, as well as plenty of opportunities to check out the nearby attractions like the national parks, art galleries and museums.
As well as surfing, Robben Island offers other opportunities to hit the beach. You can do some windsurfing, hang gliding and banana boating, or even drop into the water for a swim if the weather is nice. The beaches are generally safe, but you should avoid the waters if you have any kind of heart condition or breathing difficulties. The main beaches are typically along the eastern coastline, from Camps Bay to Dikker Beach. South of Robben Island, you’ll find a new harbour called the Golden Sound, where there is now a world-famous surfing spot. The beaches are generally calm, but there are a few that are not safe to swim in, so it is important to exercise caution when using them.
Robben Island also offers some fabulous shopping experiences, with its friendly local markets and a range of designer boutiques. There are some wonderful cafes and restaurants, as well as plenty of family entertainment options. You can spend the afternoon having a picnic on one of the beaches, or you could try your hand at skydiving, or just take a boat tour around the area. If you’re visiting South Africa during the winter months, you’ll find plenty of fantastic activities around Cape Town’s beaches.
If you love surfing then Robben Island makes a great location to experience this sport. You can book into one of the six accommodation blocks that forms Robben Island, allowing you to set up right on the beach and get access to the waves as they come crashing down. Robben Island is also known for its high winds, making windsurfing a fantastic adventure during your stay. Other popular activities include wakeboarding, paragliding, bungee jumping and jet skiing.
With a combination of natural beauty, beach culture, unique shopping experiences and luxurious beach resorts, you can’t go wrong when you visit Cape Town. This popular South African city is steeped in history, and today it is known as a world-class holiday destination. Plan to make the most of your time here!