Cape Town has a spectacular coastline and the suburbs that border the ocean have breath-taking views that extend across Table Bay to Robben Island ahead, and show off Signal Hill and Table Mountain behind. Sea Point is one of the busiest, most vibrant suburbs along the coast, and is a hive of activity for locals and tourists alike. There are a number of neighbourhoods within Sea Point that are affluent, boasting beautiful homes (some of which have been converted into holiday accommodation in Sea Point).
This area was classified as being solely for the use of white people during the Apartheid regime of the 20th century. However, when this form of rule was overturned and South Africa became a democracy in 1994, Sea Point was opened to people of all races. Soon, property was bought by people of many different colours, languages and cultures; making for a melting pot of residents that symbolise the diversity of our country.
Today, there are a number of high-rise apartments in Sea Point, which add an urban appeal for the up-and-coming as well as for holiday-makers wanting waterfront accommodation. The entire region has recently undergone an urban renewal programme that has cleared it of the vast majority of the bad elements that were once present, and characterises it as a coveted residential, shopping and commercial hub.
Nearby suburbs include Green Point, Mouille Point, Fresnaye and Three Anchor Bay. Green Point is the neighbourhood of choice for young professionals, and is also known for its gay and lesbian culture. It is home to a number of night clubs and restaurants, which make it a busy place to be, day or night. Mouille Point is loved for its lighthouse and pretty views, while Fresnaye is one of the more expensive, opulent places to live, thanks to its massive homes and magnificent views. The beaches here are not safe for swimming, but are idyllic backdrops to any summer vacation. Swimming beaches, like Clifton and Camps Bay, are not far off.
The Beachfront Promenade is a popular spot for locals, who can frequently be seen running, walking, cycling or strolling with prams, while enjoying these views. The walkway is paved, and there are various features along the way; such as play areas for little ones (mini golf, a maze and a train ride, for example) and gym equipment for those wanting to maintain their fitness regime while visiting Cape Town.
Sea Point is a fantastic spot for shopaholics. It is a few minutes’ drive from both the City Bowl and the V & A Waterfront. Both of these hotspots offer hundreds of shops, boutiques, galleries, museums, restaurants, bars, delis and more. There are also outdoor markets such as Greenmarket Square (in the heart of the City Bowl), or the massive indoor market that is showcased at the Waterfront (formally called The Red Shed). In these, African curios, arts, crafts and speciality goods can be seen and purchased. The close proximity of Sea Point to such significant tourist attractions makes it particularly suitable to tourists that want to get out and about, those who want to be entertained by the Mother City and to feel the magical vibe for which she is known.