Arguably one of the most picturesque towns in South Africa, Betty’s Bay has evolved from a humble whaling station to a world-class tourist destination.
Less than an hour's drive away from Cape Town, along the coast of the Overberg region, beneath the rugged Kogelberg Mountains, lies the charming Betty's Bay.
Today the town is a tourist haven but its whaling station beginnings are still evident at Stony Point, where the remains of the station still stand.
Bettys Bay lies within the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve - the first UNESCO declared Biosphere in South Africa - and is fiercely protected by the town’s occupants. This part of the world is considered the heart of the Cape Floral Kingdom due to the exceptional examples of fynbos and has largely remained unspoilt and isolated.
Betty's Bay contains the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden as well as an African penguin colony in the Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area, which is one of the two Penguin colonies in the area of the Western Cape. The colony is situated in the Kogelberg and Stony Point Nature Reserve.
If you are looking for a more relaxed and laid-back atmosphere this is your type of town - things happen a little slower and the warm and welcoming locals will tell you that the tranquillity of the area is unmatched.
The weather is mild throughout summer and cool during the winter months, with ample rain and wind throughout the year.