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False Bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip (Dutch/Afrikaans for "Hang(ing)-rock") & the Cape Peninsula in the extreme South-West of South Africa  © alcuin lai, License

False Bay

False Bay is a body of water defined by Cape Hangklip and the Cape Peninsula in the extreme South-West of South Africa. It's name came from sailors who over 300 years ago confused the bay with Table Bay to the north. The confusion arose because sailors returning from the east initially confused Cape Point and Cape Hangklip, which are somewhat similar in form. Cape Hangklip was known to the early Portuguese seafarers as Cabo Falso, which means False Cape, and the name of the bay was therefore derived from this.

Known for its scenic beauty, False Bay encompasses the small seaside villages from Hangklip, near Pringle Bay, to Cape Point. It has one of the Cape Peninsulas most tranquil and picturesque stretches of coastline. The bay is popular with surfers, swimmers, bodyboarders and anyone who enjoys peace and quiet and the fresh sea air. Towns along the False Bay coastline offer a multitude of arts and craft shops, fantastic restaurants and bars, cute and quirky coffee shops, and quiet look-out points.

Whales abound on the False Bay coastline and every year between June and November, southern right whales migrate to the Western Cape waters to calve and nurse their newborns, while humpback whales journey through the region between May and December. Thousands of local and international visitors flock to False Bay to experience these amazing whale-watching opportunities, where the creatures are often seen metres from the shore. And it is not uncommon to spot whales only metres from the road while driving along the coastal route.

Nature reserves, including Cape of Good Hope, Rondevlei and Silvermine, offer the opportunity of walking among the rich biodiversity of the Cape Peninsula, which includes indigenous fynbos. But some of the other ways to relax along the False Bay coastline, while enjoying the stunning scenery, are playing a round or two of golf at either the Westlake, Clovelly or Simons Town golf courses, or sampling a few wines along the Cape Point Wine Route. There is also the experience of sharing Boulders Beach with its local inhabitants, the African penguins.

Some of the most popular small towns along the False Bay coastline include the historical naval village of Simons Town, Muizenberg with its popular water slides, St James with its colourful huts, Kalk Bay with great seafood restaurants and Fish Hoek with one of the best beaches in the Cape.

False Bay has a Mediterranean climate, with warm, dry summers and cool, damp winters. In winter gales and storms from the northwest are common and can be ferocious. False Bay is exposed to south easterly winds in summer and its waters are approximately 6(°)C warmer than those of Table Bay, because of the influence of the warm Agulhas Current.

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Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curios
Sleeps 31 in 8 units
From R 700
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 3 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Boulders Beach Hotel, Cafe and Curios

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Boulders

Cape Town

0 Km from False Bay

Boulders Beach Hotel is situated just 70 meters from the World Heritage Site of Boulders Beach renowned for it's breeding African Penguin Colony. This is one of the 'must see' recommendations for tourists visiting Cape Town. With our close proximity it's

Chartfield Guesthouse
Sleeps 12 in 5 units
From R 575
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 4 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Chartfield Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Cape Town

Cape Town

0 Km from False Bay

Chartfield Guesthouse in kalk Bay evokes the spirit of a time when everything was done with a little more style and with a lot more attention to detail. It's a haven created to whisk you away from the cares of the world the moment you step inside...

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse
Sleeps 10 in 5 units
From R 2420
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Simon's Town

0km from Cape Town

17.8 Km from False Bay

Aqua Terra Boutique Guesthouse is situated in the quiet suburb of Murdock Valley in Simon's Town and offers accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis.Situated in a prime position 5 minutes from the beach, this landmark house overlooks the entire False

Felsensicht Holiday Home
Graded:
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 3412
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 6 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Felsensicht Holiday Home

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Simon's Town

0km from Cape Town

18.2 Km from False Bay

Luxury holiday home with stunning sea views of False Bay; 2 minutes walk to beach; 1 km from Boulders Penguin Beach; sleeps 6; beautifully furnished, fully equipped, all mod cons; satellite TV; free Wi-fi; superb patio for outdoor entertainment...

Montafon Apartment
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 700
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Montafon Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Simon's Town

0km from Seaforth

19.4 Km from False Bay

Montafon Apartment situated in Simon's Town offers two bedrooms (sleeps 4), a living room with a small balcony, a bathroom with a bath and shower and a fully equipped kitchen. It is on the ground floor with a view of the ocean from both bedrooms.

Mariner Guesthouse
Sleeps 21 in 9 units
From R 995
Per person, per night sharing | Sleeps 3 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

Mariner Guesthouse

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Simon's Town

0km from Cape Town

20.1 Km from False Bay

Custom built on the mountainside in historical Simon's Town, award-winning 4-star Mariner Guesthouse offers breathtaking sea views across False Bay. We are within walking distance of restaurants and beaches, and pride ourselves on offering style, comfort

The Blue Marine Luxury Self Catering
Graded:
Sleeps 2 in 1 unit
From R 990
Per unit, per night | Sleeps 2 adults max
* Rates may vary according to season

The Blue Marine Luxury Self Catering

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Gordons Bay

0km from Cape Town

21.4 Km from False Bay

The Blue Marine provides luxury self catering accommodation in Gordons bay, Cape Town. The apartment offers uninterrupted sea views, magical sunsets, private balcony, secure automated parking. Just for the ultimate pleasure whether it be on vacation or bu

Cape Sands C2
Sleeps 6 in 1 unit
From R 2800
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

Cape Sands C2

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Strand

0km from Cape Town

21.5 Km from False Bay

This apartment is located across the road from the beach in Beach Road Strand. Newly build, upmarket and luxurious 3 bedroom apartment in security complex. Well equipped open plan kitchen to large lounge and dining area. From your seaview ...

The Sandz 10
Graded:
Sleeps 4 in 1 unit
From R 1500
Per unit, per night
* Rates may vary according to season

The Sandz 10

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Strand

0km from Cape Town

21.6 Km from False Bay

The Sandz 10 is exactly what you need if you're looking for a relaxing holiday on the beach. This 2-bed 2-bath apartment comes fully furnished and fully air-conditioned with a gourmet kitchen.

De Beers Holiday Apartment
Guest Rating: 10
Sleeps 8 in 1 unit

De Beers Holiday Apartment

Self Catering Apartment, Flatlet Accommodation in Strand

0km from Cape Town

21.6 Km from False Bay

This fantastic self-catering apartment 200m from the beach has 4 double bedrooms, seaview from main bedroom, 2 1/2 bathrooms (main en-suite), has a fully equipped kitchen, livingroom, TV, garden, braai facilities, garage. Also close to Cape Town...

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