A mere one-hour drive from Cape Town city centre, lies a slew of intimate beach locations for those who seek peace and tranquility.
There’s no doubt that Cape Town holds a passionate sense of culture, diversity, and poise. So much so in fact, that it’s been awarded several acclamations for its natural beauty, food, and friendly locals.
But had you ever considered going off the beaten track in order to discover the hidden gems that the Western Cape has to offer?
A mere one-hour drive from Cape Town city centre, lies a slew of intimate beach locations for those who seek peace and tranquility. And Yzerfontein has totally won over my heart with its quaint small town-feel, unspoiled beaches, cute seaside restaurants, wildlife, and more.
Having said that, here’s why you should consider Yzerfontein for your next weekend getaway!
Pearl Bay Beach
This secluded and unspoilt beach can be found on the southern edge of Yzerfontein. It’s the perfect spot for aspiring photographers, to sit quietly and engage in introspection, or to simply take a leisurely walk beside the sea.
Life’s always sweeter when you’ve got a perfect view to gaze upon. Which is why Beaches restaurant is one of the most popular places amongst locals and travelers in Yzerfontein. With an outside area decorated with colourful umbrellas, and cute whitewashed tables, one can enjoy a tasty breakfast or lunch whilst taking in the iconic sea views.
Near the Yzerfontein turnoff, along the R27, you’ll find !Khwa ttu, a culture and education centre of the San people.
Here, you can go on a guided tour, have a bite to eat, and browse the arts and craft that have been meticulously produced by the San people.
Upon exiting Yzerfontein, a 20-minute straight-shot drive will lead you to the neighbouring town of Darling. Of course, this town has found its place on the map due to the famous music festival, Rocking the Daisies, but Darling has so much more to offer. Here, you can visit Evita se Perron, a refurbished rural train station that is now made up of two theatres, a restaurant, and an arts and craft shop. This venues guest of honour is Evita Bezuidenhout – a hilarious fictional character played by Pieter-Dirk Uys (performer, author, and self-proclaimed activist).
You can also check out Darling Brew, a local microbrewery where you can do beer tastings, enjoy a couple of cold ones, or order a tasty food platter.
Fun fact! Did you know that 16 Mile Beach, which starts just north of the main beach in Yzerfontein and ends at the West Coast National Park, is the longest uninterrupted beach in South Africa? Many have given thanks to this majestic coastal beach for its peacefulness and ability to take long, introspective walks. In fact, an admirer exclaimed, “It is the place I found my soul!”
And oddly enough, if you’re lucky, you may just spot an ostrich or two enjoying this famous beach!
And last but not least, is Yzerfontein’s ability to give your body and mind a sense of invigoration whilst rejuvenating your soul.
With several beachfront accommodation choices, it’s possible to spend countless hours staring at the stunning sea views, breathing in the fresh air, admiring the wildlife, and fauna & flora. This quaint beach town offers the kind of peacefulness you crave to feel inspired, and refreshed.
My top pick for Yzerfontein beachfront accommodation however, is Cape Villas — a self-catering guesthouse that offers impeccable Pearl Bay Beach views.
This double-story home has four bedrooms to sleep eight, with a living area on both floors, satellite TV, an indoor and outdoor braai (Afrikaans for ‘BBQ’), a seated balcony facing the ocean, and large sliding doors that open up to the beach.
Cape Villas is the perfect place for a romantic getaway, a weekend with the girls/guys, or simply a fun outing with your nearest and dearest.
Alternatively, Yzerfontein is easily reachable for a quick day-time outing from Cape Town city centre.
Which ever you choose, It is safe to say that Yzerfontein never fails to bring a smile to your face, a warmness to your heart, and a feeling of content to your soul.
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