Simon’s Town has stunning views of one of the most beautiful environments in the Cape Peninsula. Nestled in False Bay, this village is rich in history, character, atmosphere and warmth. The neighbours here are whales, penguins, seals, fishing and the beauty of Table Mountain and Cape Point. We stopped here on a road trip around the Cape with my folks. My father was in the Navy, which is based in Simon’s Town, and he has told me many stories about those years. Simon’s Town remains an important naval base to this day, and the town, which rises steeply above the harbour up the mountainsides, is rich in both architectural and natural beauty. Boulder’s Beach, a few kilometres to the south of Simon’s Town, is one of the best beaches in the Cape, and it is internationally renowned for being home to one of only three South African colonies of African Penguins.
We stopped at Bertha’s Restaurant which fronts the Town Pier and boats picturesque views across the yacht harbour and False Bay. The atmosphere here was relaxed, warm and informal. We sat on the terrace , which is perfectly positioned on the water’s edge. Above the restaurant are number of arts and crafts stores. Elijah and I took a stroll around the cute little shops while the others enjoyed a cup of coffee, and stretched their legs, at Bertha’s Restaurant. While out on a road trip, stops like these are what make the day perfect!
Here are the pictures of our first stop on our coastal day trip around Cape Town.
Baby boy has his biltong, a high chair, and a great view over the harbour.
He enjoyed the break from the carseat. Even babies need to stretch their legs and take a break.
While we sat here, my father told us stories about his navy days, and the pointed out some of the ships in the distance. As you can see, behind the yachts is one of the big navy vessels.
While the others enjoyed the cool of the shade, I took a walk along the pier. We wanted to take a boat out but apparently that service wasn’t running during the week. What a pity!
A bronze statue of a SA Navy Standby Diver stands at the end of the pier, looking over False Bay.
“A gift to the nation, Navy and the community”
At his feet are items associated with the diver’s trade – kelp, crayfish, octopus, perlemoen, shackles, a high-pressure hose and a quart of Sedgwick’s Old Brown Sherry.
After some relaxation, we were all ready to get back on the road.
Next stop: Imhoff Farm, Kommetjie, to climb on some camels and check out the wonderfully fresh products at the farm stall.
Simon’s Town is incredible!