What makes Bloubergstrand one of the best destinations for those who love the outdoors?
Rated one of the best destinations in the world for kite-surfing, Bloubergstrand is known particularly for its outdoor activities and beautiful beach. To add to that, the views of Table Mountain across the bay are unbeatable, and amateur and professional photographers alike head to the area in the early mornings to try and snap that perfect shot.
The suburb features a mixture of property types, with more apartments on the beachfront and larger stand-alone houses more prevalent as you head away from the beach. “Many of the apartment blocks along Marine Drive have also received face-lifts,” says Max Gebhardt, Joburg resident and Bloubergstrand property owner. More recently, the development of the Big Bay area has included more sectional title houses, while more apartments have appeared within the recent development at Eden on the Bay.
An absolute must in the summer months is having a pizza and beer at the Blue Peter or morning breakfast at On the Rocks
Max Gebhardt, Bloubergstrand property owner
Although there are many overseas visitors and local holiday-makers who flock to Bloubergstrand in the summer months, the area is mostly filled with local residents. During the holiday season, Bloubergstrand is less busy than beaches like Camps Bay and Clifton. There’s also more parking available and a more relaxed atmosphere.
Overall, it’s the watersports that really attract visitors to the area. “From kitesurfing to longboarding to walking and running along the beach, Bloubergstrand has so many outdoor activities to keep you busy,” says resident and business owner, Michael Ruhl. After a busy day out on the water, enjoy the spectacular sunsets and then head to one of the many beachfront restaurants for an evening meal. Choose seafood at Ocean Basket or pasta at Primi Piatti, or maybe sink your teeth into a burger at Jerry’s Burger Bar. You could also have a pizza and beer at Blue Peter as you soak up the views.
Keen cyclists can enjoy great cycle paths into the city, or ride out to Koeberg Nature Reserve via Melkbosstrand for a wealth of mountain bike trails.
- Go kite-boarding in one of the best locations for the sport worldwide
- Jog along the shore with a friend
- Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach
- Take yourself or your kids for a surfing lesson
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- Take the kids to Melkbosstrand for a picnic
- Have a pizza and beer at the Blue Peter
- Eat breakfast at On the Rocks
- Get your bike onto one of the many dedicated cycle paths into the city
- And if you get tired? You’re allowed to bring your bike on several of the bus routes back home
- Head out to Koeberg Nature Reserve for mountain bike trails
This article originally appeared in Neighbourhood, Sunday Times.
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