Tranquil and serene, with unspoilt beaches and breathtaking scenery, the village of Simon's Town, just 40 minutes from Cape Town central, is steeped in maritime history, with Victorian-style architecture adding a charming "olde worlde" touch.
Being home base to the South African Navy, visitors and residents may view their practise exercises which are carried out daily in the bay.
Many homes overlook the beautiful Simon's Town Yacht basin, which is a hive of activity over the weekends. Another source of interest to residents is the daily shipping movements in False Bay. Real estate in Simonstown has provided excellent capital returns for local and international property investors over the years. It is a favourite destination for holidaymakers who enjoy the beaches, mountains and a cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Spring time, brings another visitor to Simonstown's shore, with the return of the Southern Right Whales, who seek out the calm False Bay waters for their calving season.
Fishing, surfing, diving and swimming are popular sports in the area, there are also bowling greens, a country club with golf course and the yacht club. In the summer, the main attraction is the beaches. False Bay waters are warmer than those found on the Atlantic coast, and bathing is safer due to the lack of undercurrent. Boulders Beach is particularly popular, as it is particularly well sheltered from the South Easterly wind and is home to one of the largest colonies of Jackass Penguins in the world.