Cape West Coast – Unspoiled Beaches and Charming Coastal Towns
Following Route 27 out of Cape Town and heading toward Touws River at the border of the Northern Cape, the Cape West Coast opens up a world of diversity to the traveler who is interested in exploring the road less traveled.
Take time to stop off and discover the picturesque village of Darling, the traditional village of Jacobsbaai, the unspoiled beaches of Britannia Bay, the charming seaside village of Lamberts Bay, the popular town of Langebaan and its scenic lagoon, as well as St Helena Bay which is home to Southern Right whales during calving season. Other delightful towns along the West Coast are Strandfontein, Vredenburg, Yzerfontein, Saldanha, Paternoster and Vredendal.
The natural environment and geographic make up of the West Coast, with its lagoons, bays, rivers and mountains, provide excellent opportunities for windsurfing, kayaking, kite boarding, fishing, sailing,surfing, rubber ducking, hiking and more, with national and world class events being hosted along this beautiful strip of South Africa. Be sure to tour at least one of the nature reserves in the area – West Coast National Park, Rondeberg Nature Reserve, Rocherpan Nature Reserve, Bird Island Nature Reserve or Cape Columbine Nature Reserve – as well as visiting the fascinating West Coast Fossil Park, with its treasure trove of land and marine fossils dating back millions of years. There is no doubt that the West Coast is well worth exploring.