Capetown – perfect mix
Perfect mix of Los Angeles, San Franciso, and Napa Valley.
Best time to visit is October through April. Summer is December through March on this side of the globe, but the months leading up to and following it also boast mild weather and smaller crowds. The fall (April to June) is an ideal time to visit Cape Town and Pearl River wineries.
TOP 5 places to visit:
Commonly called Cape Point, this 77.50-sq-km section of Table Mountain National Park includes awesome scenery, fantastic walks, great birdwatching and often deserted beaches. Take the Flying Dutchman Funicular, which runs up from beside the restaurant to the souvenir kiosk next to the old lighthouse (which dates from 1860). A 1km trail runs from here to its successor. Make your next stop at Boulders Beach near Simon’s Town, home to one of the few land-based penguin colonies in the world.
Table Mountain is the iconic place to see and to visit. Come early in the morning before tour buses. Take the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway to the top and then take in a natural beauty while sipping on a cappuccino. The Table Mountain Cafe opens at 8.30am and offers great coffee and a selection of breakfast options.
The most northern and longest of the beaches are Clifton 1st and 2nd. Clifton 3rd is the gay beach, though plenty of straight folks frequent it, too, while Clifton 4th is popular with families. Before hopping in the sea, remember that the water comes straight from the Antarctic, so swimming here is freezing. Clifton Beach is the place where you’ll see brave locals splashing in the waves even though water temperatures hover at a brisk 16 C degrees.
The CBD is the heart of the Mother City. Long Street is its major artery. Running all the way from the Cape Town Convention Centre, cutting through the middle of the city, and ending at Kloof Street, Long Street is a major part of the city’s street culture.
During the day the street is a full with people visiting the interesting shops and café that line the street, and when the sun drops behind the mountain the activity intensifies around the street’s many restaurants, bars, and clubs.
February is the hottest month in Cape Town (temp 27 C). Prices skyrocket in December, with affordable hotel rooms becoming next to impossible to find in the weeks around Christmas and New Years.