Kalk Bay is only a 30-minute drive from Cape Town, yet it seems a world away from the hustle and bustle of the city. The pace is different to the city - there is a holiday atmosphere and fishermen ply the waters constantly whatever the time of day or season. It also boasts with a hub of outdoor action – from deep sea fishing to angling; to having one of the best reefs in Cape Town for surfers and the fascinating caves for land and foot adventures.
“This quaint town with its eclectic mix of people, historic buildings, cobbled streets, bohemian bric-a-brac shops, vintage bookstores, art and antique galleries and colourful fishing vessels is what makes it so unique and charming. It attracts fewer tourists than the V&A Waterfront, but still manages to be a hub of fun activity for all ages” says Jackie de Waal, Licence Partner Engel & Völkers Kalk Bay.
Kalk Bay’s layout is pretty simple. Most of the town’s eateries, bars, stores and hotspots are located along the main street. There are parking places along the entire length of the street, but you’ll usually have to park a little further away from where you’re headed, and walk along the beautiful coastline, which is really part of the experience.
Whether it’s good food, art or adventure you're after, Kalk Bay has something for everyone, and will enchant you no matter how you choose to spend your time there.
Did you know?
A literal translation from the Dutch/Afrikaans name "Kalkbaai" is "Lime Bay". This derives from the vast deposits of mussel shells found there, which early settlers burned to make lime for construction.