These locations enjoy more protection from the south-easter and longer sunshine than the False Bay Coast, and have grown in popularity - and price. Clifton has four adjoining beaches where you wind down stairways between small and very sought-after bungalows (simple ones may fetch over R5 million) to white sands. Tangas and bikinis and sunbathing are more the order of the day than swimming here - the water is often bracingly cold.
After Clifton and Camps Bay, you follow an undeveloped and beautiful coastal drive to Llandudno. Llandudno has its own beach but also serves as the entry point for the walk to Sandy Bay, a beautiful white-sanded beach traditionally used for nude sunbathing and swimming. Suikerbossie (sugar bush) Hill, the notorius last high hurdle of the Argus Cycle Tour, separates Llandudno from Hout Bay. A popular resturant and tea garden is at the top of the hill.
Hout Bay's inhabitants see themselves as rather separate from the rest of Cape Town and often sport a bumper sticker for an independent Republic of Hout Bay. The port and adjoining Mariner's Wharf manage to mix fishing and tourism, with the boat trip out to see the seals and the wrecked floating crane a favourite for tourists and Capetonians alike. The World of Birds is another major Hout Bay attraction.
Further along the Atlantic coastline are the popular seaside villages of Noordhoek, Kommetjie, Misty Cliffs and Scarborough which border the Cape Peninsula National Park and offer visitors tranquil retreat and unspoilt beauty.
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Last updated 13 January, 2017.