The Atlantic Seaboard is packed with amazing attractions and there is definitely no shortage of interesting things to do here. This gorgeous stretch of coast includes some of the most beautiful residential suburbs in Cape Town including Hout Bay, Sea Point, Camps Bay, Clifton, Bantry Bay, Green Point, Bakoven, Fresnaye, and Llandudno. Besides well-known places to visit that attract thousands of tourists, The Atlantic Seaboard also has a number of unexplored spots which vacationers should include in their travel itineraries.
1 Scratch Patch and Mineral World
Did you know that Southern Africa is sometimes referred to as the gemstone capital? This comes as no surprise, as nearly half of the world’s gemstones are located right here on the Atlantic Seaboard. Head out to the lovely Scratch Patch to check out cool patches of polished gemstones and explore the Mineral World Shop to find a wide range of gemstone items including investment gems and awesome souvenirs. Some of the highlights here include Tiger’s Eye, Rose Quartz, Amethyst, Jasper, Agates, and Crystals. Branches of Scratch Patch and Mineral World can be found in Simon’s Town and the V&A Waterfront.
2 Cape Town Diamond Museum
The Cape Town Diamond Museum is located in the center of the Clock Tower precinct in V&A Waterfront and pays tribute to one of the most precious gems in the world, diamonds. This non-profit organization is here to educate visitors about the diamond trade and explain everything about blocking, bruiting, and girding diamonds. Visitors will have a chance to learn about the history of diamonds in South Africa and discover how diamonds are manufactured.
3 The Tunnels of Cape Town
There are many ways to explore the Atlantic Seaboard, but this time we are going underground to explore hundreds of water tunnels beneath South Africa’s Cape Town. Most of these tunnels used to supply ships and Company Gardens with fresh water and they were also used to transport sewerage until the end of the 19th century. Today, these tunnels are open to the public and guided tours that include stories about the first residents of Cape Town are available.
4 Beta Beach
The Atlantic Seaboard is home to the tiny Beta Beach in Bakoven. This secluded beach that almost looks private offers amazing views of Lion’s Head and thanks to its calm waters, it is ideal for swimming. Beta Beach is also a great spot to take photographs, but make sure to come early, as the beach can get confined later in the day.
5 The Milnerton Market
Located just outside the city right before Lagoon Beach, the Milnerton Market is an outdoor car boot weekend morning market that offers everything from antiques and utensils to plants and trinkets. This charming market has been around for more than 20 years and attracts mostly locals on the weekends. If you are looking for a market outside the hustle and bustle of the city center, Milnerton Market is definitely a place that you should visit.