Simon’s Town sometimes spelled Simonstown, is a town in Cape Town, South Africa, which is home to the South African Navy. It is located on the False Bay coastline, on the eastern side of the Cape Peninsula. For more than two centuries it has been an important naval base and harbour (originally for the Royal Navy and now the South African Navy).
The town is named after Simon van der Stel, an early governor of the Cape Colony. The area is steeped in both history and tradition and is home to some wonderful Victorian architecture.
Simon's Town is also the home of the False Bay Yacht Club which has keel boat regattas most Wednesday evenings and weekends.
Simon’s Town is a popular tourist destination offering great restaurants, one of our favourite being Bertha's, which is right on the pier and offers a wonderful view of the harbour. Other attractions include antique shops, galleries and fine walks. If you are feeling more adventurous you can take a Boat trip from the Simon’s Town jetty –there are many to choose from: harbour cruises, Seal Island boat trips, high-speed boat trips to Cape Point or even whale watching. For the extreme sport junkies there are even Great White Shark cage diving, boat trips on offer. If you would like to go exploring and get a bit of exercise then maybe try sea kayaking, in a stable sea kayak from Simon’s Town jetty.
If you are looking for things to do with the kids, pay a visit to Boulders Beach, it is located a few kilometres to the south of Simon's Town, in the direction of Miller's Point. Boulders is made up of small coves of beautiful white sandy beaches, with calm shallow water, sheltered by giant Cape granite boulders. You will also see the colony of African penguins, which have called Boulders Beach home since 1985. Boulders is part of Sanparks and is a pay for entry beach, but well worth the cost.
You can also visit the Scratch patch and mineral world, my girls used to love sifting through all the stones to find the prettiest and most unusual colours!
If you would like to see more of my photographs taken in Simon's Town please visit my Photography website, a beautiful life.
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