Considered the birth place of surfing in South Africa, the suburb close to Cape Town is loved by locals for its perfect waves and pretty-as-a-picture row of Victorian bathing booths. A fashion-brigade favourite, look out for shoots and shenanigans in the colourful shacks. One of the more affluent areas, the shore is lined by Edwardian mansions, modern villas, chic watering holes and beautiful beach bodies to boot. This is where South Africans cut their surfing teeth (‘Surfer’s Corner’ offers the best waves), but if you think your skills outweigh the safety of the long break head next door to Danger Beach.

UJ’s Insider Tips

If you’re travelling between August and November, it’s worth following the short boardwalk to St. James Beach to take in the sights of Southern Right whales migrating to their mating grounds. If you’re not there for those months, you can catch bottle-nosed dolphins and Bryde’s whales throughout the year. Make sure to grab a little something from local favourite Knead Bakery to nibble on the way.

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