Simon's Town is an attractive little coastal village on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula. Home to the South African Navy, it also functions as a popular stopover en route to Cape Point Nature Reserve, one of the top attractions on the Cape Point route.
Part of the town’s enduring charm is the naval atmosphere, Victoria-style architecture, cobbled streets, pretty beaches and the resident colony of African penguins.
Swim or picnic amongst the webbed-footed birds at Boulders Beach, one of Cape Town's best beaches for children. If you're looking for a bit more action you could snorkel at Seaforth Beach or go on a guided sea kayaking trip from the tiny Simon's Town waterfront to Boulders Beach.
The lively waterfront is the fun part of this village and offers a good selection of quayside restaurants, a curio craft market at the quaint Jubilee Square and an active yacht club. Take to the ocean in the local water taxi or go on an adventurous boat trip to watch whales, seals and white sharks. You could even do something really unique and take an open-ocean pelagic birding trip with Cape Town Pelagics to spot albatrosses and other soaring beauties.
Landlubbers can go on a walkabout and discover Simon's Town's fascinating history by strolling down St George's Street. Interesting places to visit are the Simon's Town Museum, Naval History Museum and the Toy Museum.
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