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Things to do, where to go and what to see when you visit the Atlantic Seaboard in Cape Town
Welcome to one of Cape Town’s most affluent suburbs - Sea Point. This densely populated area is nestled between the Atlantic Ocean and Signal Hill. Sea Point is home to many attractions which both locals and tourists alike tend to visit. There are interesting activities you can partake in, fabulous sights to see and, of course, a rich history behind the old suburb.
Where is Sea Point?
Sea Point falls in between Three Anchor Bay and Bantry Bay, situated directly in front of Fresnaye. Prime real estate in the area sits on the beautiful Beach Road, which runs parallel to the promenade, looking onto the Atlantic coastline. Sea Point is 76,3km from Cape Point, and is 8,6km from Table Mountain. The area is on the border of Signal Hill, giving many properties an incredible view, stretching from Signal Hill’s greenery to the magnificent coastline of the Atlantic seaboard.
The history of Sea Point
Years before European settlers arrived in the area of Sea Point, it formed part of the Gorachoqua and Goringhaiqua grazing paths. These paths stretched to Table Bay and Hout Bay. Sea Point's name emerged in 1776 from Sam Wallis, who served under Captain Cook. The European settlers moved to Sea Point in order to avoid a smallpox epidemic which was rampant in Cape Town at that time.
In the 1800s, the area formed a residential suburb and only became a single municipality in 1839. By 1875 the population in Green Point and Sea Point was 1,425 people, which impressively rose to 8,839 in 1904. In 1862, Sea Point became Cape Town's first commuting suburb due to the creation of the Sea Point tramline. The line initially ran to Camps Bay, and in the beginning of the 1900s the line was endorsed by the Metropolitan and Suburban Railway Company, creating a track which travelled to the City Centre.
One of the most influential liberals in the country influenced many of the politics in Sea Point during the 1800s. Saul Solomon was a resident of the area, as well as the liberal parliamentarian and MP for Cape Town. Solomon was the founder of the Cape Argus and was one of the main opposing voices of racial inequality in the Cape. Interestingly, in 2008 Sea Point was the subject of a documentary by Francois Verster called Sea Point Days.
Things to see and do in Sea Point
There are many activities that you can engage with while you are in Sea Point. Aside from the selection of fabulous restaurants, quaint eateries, trendy bars, and great shopping malls, you can also visit the stunning beaches in the area. If you are a seasoned athlete, the Sea Point Promenade is the perfect place for you to stretch your legs. Locally known as the Prom or The Joggers Mile, runners can expect a coastline route that stretches from Mouille Point to Bantry Bay.
If you are looking for a more relaxing time on the promenade, you can make use of The Sea Point Pavillion Swimming Pools. The pools are open to the public and are fabulous to dip into in the heat of summer, as they are perfectly nestled between a view of the stunning Atlantic Ocean and the towering mountains.
The beaches in Sea Point are different to the white sand beaches of Clifton and Camps Bay, as they are mainly covered with mussel shells from the oceans. However, they are still perfect to sit on and spend the day under the sun as they are not as windy as other beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard.
Lifestyle and property in Sea Point
Property in Sea Point is in high demand as it is one of the only seaside high-rise developments in Cape Town. It is, therefore, an extremely popular area in which to live or to invest for first homes, second homes or apartments. Sea Point has been deemed as one of the trendiest urban areas on the Atlantic Seaboard due to its recent rejuvenation of properties and living conditions.
Due to the area being highly populated, space is limited. Homes are built close to one another if they are facing the mountains, and apartments (which are generally in the central areas of the suburb) tower over the beachfront areas. However, apartments are known to be quite spacious.
Schools in Seapoint
Sea Point is home to a few schools, which include Sea Point Primary School and Sea Point High School - both of which were founded in 1884. Herzlia Weizmann Primary School and the primary French School of Cape Town are also in the area.
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Author: Berman Brothers