Cape Town's beach- and café-strewn Riviera

The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s “Riviera”, stretches from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, on the north shore of Table Mountain, all the way down the west side of the Cape Peninsula to Hout Bay. The area is sandwiched between the glistening Atlantic Ocean and the slopes of Lions Head and the Twelve Apostles and features both stunning sunrises and sunsets. While the water can be a little chilly, beaches like Clifton and Camps Bay are popular for beach-bumming and swimming. Above all else, however, this area is bursting with great cuisine, friendly faces, fun activities, and natural wonder.


Take a stroll along the Sea Point Promenade and experience outdoor art installations beside the ocean.
Spend a day relaxing on a white sand beach and have a dip in the ocean.
Visit the world-renowned Two Oceans Aquarium and learn about South Africa’s aquatic environment.
Catch a ferry across the bay and visit Robben Island Prison where Nelson Mandela spent 27-years.
Treat yourself to a meal at any of the delicious restaurants or markets.

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As a suburb of Cape Town, the Atlantic Seaboard has a Mediterranean climate, with warm and dry summers offset by cooler, wetter winters. Cape Town sees the bulk of its rainfall in the winter, between June and August, when storms and strong winds create stark contrast between the breathless, hot summer days from November to March. However, even Cape Town’s winters feature a number of beautiful days to enjoy.

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21 Nettleton Boutique Hotel & Private Residence

An exclusive clifftop mansion with bespoke style overlooking Cape Town’s Clifton beaches
From$377 /ppn

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