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For hundreds of years sailors confused False Bay with Table Bay, on the other side of the Cape Peninsula, sometimes with tragic results – hence its name.
Bordered by mountains, the huge C-shaped bay is home to some of the Cape's most famous areas, from Simon's Town on the western shore to Pringle Bay on the eastern side.
With warm, dry summers and cool, damp winters, False Bay's Mediterranean climate is perfect for boating, angling, diving and surfing.
Looking towards Hangklip, on the eastern side. Photo courtesy of andre.vanrooyen
Picture-perfect fishing boats in Kalk Bay Harbour. Photo courtesy of smee.bruce
Toddling tuxedos at the famous Boulders Beach African penguin colony. Photo coutesy of 126 Club
Lines of wave lap at Muizenberg's shore in the early morning. Photo courtesy of Kyknoord
Rolling along the coastal railway line towards Simon's Town. Photo courtesy of mallix
The famous colourful bathing huts at St James beach. Photo courtesy of smee.bruce
Pink-purple hues at dusk. Photo courtesy of gaftels