Bloubergstrand offers some of the best views of Table Mountain from across Table Bay. The wind can be pretty epic but locals use it to their advantage; this is the centre for kitesurfing and windsurfing in Cape Town.
In this episode of the Pocket-Friendly Challenge, couple Wade and Waseem, and twins Sifiso, Sibusiso with their friend Zintle head to Blouberg for fun in the sun. Surf lessons, bargains and a picnic on one of the most picturesque beaches in the Cape? Count us in!
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Distance from Cape Town CBD: 18km (Around 20 minutes)
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Join us as we explore the beautiful beachfront neighbourhood of Blouberg, meet interesting people who have a special love for this area and see why you should visit Blouberg next, in Cape Town Tourism’s Insider’s Guide to Blouberg.
In addition to all the seaside action, this incredible coastal neighbourhood has a lot to offer. Here’s where to head when checking out Blouberg.
WHERE TO PLAY
Bloubergstrand is divided into two beaches – Big Bay and Little Bay.
Big Bay is a long stretch of beach that is popular with kitesurfers due to the epic wind that you can find in the area. It’s also a great family beach – perfect for lazy walks with the kids.
Little Bay is popular with those looking to picnic and braai. There’s a lawn-covered braai area, and kids can explore the nearby rock pools.
Eerste Steen Resort
If you’re looking to combine environmental education with a bit of braaing and chilling then Eerste Steen is your best bet.
This braai and picnic area is part of the Blaauwberg Nature Reserve. This reserve is home to 559 plant species, 45 mammal species, 30 species of reptiles, 30 species of butterfly, and 169 bird species. It’s the perfect place to visit if you want to see the local flora and fauna.
WHERE TO EAT
The building that houses this restaurant is a heritage site that has been part of Blouberg’s history for over two hundred years. Once home to Frederick Louis Stadler, after whom Stadler Road is named, these days it offers a selection of seafood and a splendid view of the bay.
If you’re looking for somewhere to get sushi then you have to head to Blowfish Restaurant, situated in the Dolphin Beach Hotel. It also has a seafood counter that allows you to create your own seafood platter, making it the perfect choice for people who want a little of everything.
The Lighthouse Restaurant @ Blue Peter
Often simply known as ‘Blue Peter’ after the hotel that houses the restaurant, this spot is a must-visit when heading to the area, legendary among Capetonians for being the perfect place to have a drink while watching the sunset.
The Lower Deck Bistro offers a great pub-style atmosphere and menu, while upstairs has a more classic restaurant feel with steaks and seafood on offer.
WHAT TO DO
Studio 46 is a gallery that exhibits an eclectic mix of works from local artists, jewellery designers, photographers and sculptors. It’s run by a mother and daughter team and is a must-visit for those looking to explore some of the West Coast’s art and culture.
WHERE TO STAY
The Dolphin Beach Hotel
You’ll notice the pyramidal Dolphin Beach Hotel as soon as you enter Blouberg. The hotel offers a perfect view of Table Mountain and has direct access to the beach – so you’ll be able to walk down from straight from your room. Choose from sea-facing apartments, lagoon-facing apartments or the popular beach cabanas.
If you’re looking for more low-key accommodation that’s affordable but doesn’t skimp on comfort then give SaltyCrax a try. It’s close to the beach, offers a variety of room options and has a great entertainment area where you can mingle with other guests.