Posted in Paternoster on Mar 08, 2017
Heading up the West Coast? Why not stop in at St Helena Bay?
The West Coast of South Africa has emerged as a popular holiday and getaway destination for visitors both local and International. The area sports long white beaches, scenic mountain ranges, wide open veld and fields of stunning flowers-during season. The West Coast is home to quintessential & charming fishing villages. They all furnish the most delicious seafood recipes, uncompromising atmosphere, authentic hospitality and the sense of laid back coastal tranquillity.
Approximately 180km from Cape Town- up the R27, one will find the coastal village of St Helena. It is situated on the water’s edge of a large Ocean Bay which stretches all the way from Dwarskersbos, Laaiplek, and Laingville past Shelley Point peninsula, to Cape St Martin.
A wide variety of self-catering, holiday accommodation can be found in St Helena Bay. There are Hotels, B&B’s, Self-Catering and glamorous Lodges to suit everyone’s needs or budget. The town itself also has a variety of restaurants, coffee shops and interesting little stores to discover.
This West Coast village especially famed for its seafood, hospitality and humility is easily reached from Cape Town and will hypnotise callers with its unpretentious atmosphere and unique natural beauty.
Here are just a few appetizers to tuck into when visiting this unselfish, relaxing seaside village.
1 Take in the remarkable aspects that make this village a Historic key point:
From the old - grave yards, spring wells, legends, stables and soldier outpost + Da Gama monument one can ascertain that this village, on the edge of the massive Bay, is a colourful historic key point.
2 Release your feet onto the wide long white beaches surrounding the Town.
Access to the long white beaches is easy and unhindered – unleash your city feet into the lush, refreshing and cool beach sand. Definitely a therapeutic remedy for a stressful week just had.
3 Get onto your bike an waddle, weave or whip your way on the country paths or jeep tracks along the rugged coastline
A real Mt biking treat awaits the enthusiast – easy to mid ranged effort need on the jeep track which runs along the coastline to Paternoster. Well worth the peddle
4. Get in touch with your inner golfing persona and play a round on the green course at Shelly Point.
A full 18-hole course is close at hand for the Golfing enthusiast, with all services and amenities available.
5. Let the sea air flow through your hair on one of the Yachting Charter trips.
The bay is a playground for sailing and water sport fans, sea-wildlife is aplenty and good sightings of seal, dolphin and birds are regular. (Whales are seasonal)
6. Tuck into homely cooking at the funky Takgali coffee shop
Great tasting homely cooking done from fresh produce and hosted by a flamboyant patron. A most entertaining eatery for a breakfast or light lunch.
7. Unwind at the Palm Restaurant and Pub
The centrally located Lifestyle centre is host to a friendly and hospitable restaurant and pub. Open from mornings till late – all day activities – caters for young folk as well as large groups and events.
8. Head to the Harbour and watch the fishermen and the fishing activities.
The Small Harbour area is traditionally abuzz with fishing activities and when the snoek run- the frenzied activities are quite something to see and witness. One can also buy a snoek from one of the vessels to take home and braai - Fresh from the sea to your table.
9. Lazy days are for fun and Pizza
The local Pico pizza makes pizza in the traditional pizza oven way and is scrumptious and delicious. Deliveries done in the St Helena bay area – so it’s even more convenient..
10. Stop off at the weskus deli for home and country styled treats.
Stop off at this rustic tucked away west coast gem and fill your basket with home-styled country treats. Located on the main tarred road –signage is clear
11. Set up the picnic & relax on your deck chair or under your summer umbrella – at the beach
The Britannia bay and Golden Mile beaches are long, white, protected and ever inviting for families, groups or couples who can enjoy an unhindered day out in the sun at the beach.
12. Just escape and unplug from the busy City lifestyle
There are few places that dissolve the pressures and anxieties of City life like the tranquil hospitable and completely relaxing village of St Helena bay. Take a moment to confirm your next stay and visit – you will not regret it.