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Mountains and beaches

Mountains and beaches
We're really privileged to live in a city that has a table-like mountain as its centerpiece, a sprinkling of tall hills dotted across its peninsula, and white-sand beaches all around. I don't take this for granted, believe me; it's just spectacular. :)

Dads, sons, and shells

Dads, sons, and shells
The dad in this photo was walking on the beach with his small son in had, stopping every so often to look at the view. It was quite and unusual sight, different from that of a dad with a rowdy son running up and down like a termite on speed.

As with my previous one, this photo was also taken at Sea Point beach. Click on the picture and take a closer look the thousands of shells that (with the exception of rocky outcrops) literally cover every inch of this shore. Pretty awesome heh?

It was really, really, hot at Moonstruck

People at the beach wading into the sea
You would think that after living in Cape Town our entire lives we'd have know that it would still be crazy-hot on the beach after 6pm. Only about 30 minutes before the sun finally set on Clifton 4th beach did it start to cool down - and then only by a few degrees.

Read more about Cape Talk, the NSRI, and Moonstruck in my previous post.

Grassy beachfront

Grassy beachfront
Eden on the Bay's lawn is a brilliant spot (map) to relax in the sun - when the wind isn't howling.

Unlike the beaches on this stretch of coastline, the beaches that back on to Table Mountain have nooks that are perfectly sheltered from the wind, so there's always a spot to sunbathe in peace - even with Cape Town's infamous wind gusts across the peninsula! :)

Kite surfing at Big Bay

Kite surfing at Big Bay
Big Bay, west of Cape Town, is a popular kite surfing spot. I'm not a kite surfer, but I'd guess that the patch of shallow water just below the Eden on the Bay complex makes learning a little easier.

I wonder how regular beach-goers feel about having surfers wiz past with pointy boards at break-neck speeds. I'd probably rather find an alternative spot to swim. :)

Girl-friends at the beach

Girl-friends at the beach
If you visit Camps Bay beach and find lying down on the sand uncomfortable and the scorching sun too hot to bear, you can hire one of those branded umbrellas or deck-chairs in the background of this photo. It'll cost you R25 for an umbrella and R50 per deck-chair irrespective if you're on the beach for 30 minutes or the whole day.

The perfect surf-ski launching spot

Three Anchor Bay, again
This is the little sandy beach at Three Anchor Bay that I mentioned in my previous post. It's, as mentioned, quite protected and really very shallow quite far in. So if you're looking for an easy place to launch a surf-ski, paddle-ski or canoe - this would be it! :)

Swimming flags and seagulls

Swimming flags and seagulls
If you're anything like me, even though signs like these are fairly prominent you've probably never read them - and in this case would be confused when lifeguards start waving at you as you bob about the ocean beyond the marker flags.

So, when visiting beaches like Camps Bay, keep an eye out for the marker flags, and try staying between them. And remember, if you're looking for a hot date with a hot, well-built lifeguard - swimming outside of the markers isn't the way to get one. That stuff only works in the movies. ;)

The idyllic Camps Bay beach

The idyllic Camps Bay beach
I've so often posted photos of the Camps Bay and Clifton beaches that I sometimes feel like I'm cheating you out of seeing other beaches around our peninsula. I promise, I'll make this up to you in Summer. :)

Besides for the lovely beaches and trendy restaurants you may be surprised to know that Camps Bay hosts one of the nicest theatres in the Cape Town area, Theatre on the Bay. The venue is fairly small, but the limited seating means that no matter where you sit you're close enough to see the actor's expressions and to, in some way, feel part of the production.

Theatre on the Bay is a great little venue and a must-visit if you're keen on live performances.