Quick Facts: Sea Point
- Seaside resort
- Magnificent views across the ocean
- Large outdoor seawater swimming pool set on the edge of the ocean
- Many restaurants, shops and bars
- Sea Point Promenade
Distance to Airport: 24 km
Distance to City: 4 km
Introducing Sea Point
Up to the thirties, the oceanfront Cape Town suburb of Sea Point was a little seaside resort out of town, where affluent Capetonian citizens had their holiday and weekend homes. From the fifties on, highrising apartment houses were erected here. Similar to Hillbrow and Johannesburg, it was regarded to be chic - a la New York - to live in a high building. Sea Point has a different face nowadays. The upper Sea Point area, on the slopes of the Signal Hill is characterised by expensive private mansions.
Down at the sea promenade one finds a long row of luxury apartment blocks. In between lies the Main Road with pubs, music clubs, coffeeshops and some good restaurants like the Chinese Mr Chan or bistros like the lively New York Bagel. The promenade of Sea Point, which stretches to Mouille Point is also very popular. It is a jogger's mile and many people meet here for a walk and a talk. The beaches in Sea Point are not very good for swimming. The surf is too powerful and the coast too rocky. For those who like swimming, Sea Point is home to a large seawater swimming pool.