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4 Reasons to visit Big Bay in Cape Town

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Capetonians are always searching for new places to discover on the weekends. But not every location has something for everyone in the family to enjoy on a day out.


Turns out it isn’t always the little out-of-town hideaways that offer the most adventure. What if some of them are right on your doorstep?


Here are four reasons why Big Bay is your go-to haven of relaxation:


1. Surfing

big bayIf your family loves the ocean, Big Bay should be at the top of your list for a weekend outing.


Big Bay is a surfer’s paradise, where you’ll always find scores of surfers, swimmers, kiteboarders and bodyboarders taking advantage of the waves – even in winter. 


You’ll also find plenty of surf shops in Big Bay and surrounds, who make sure our local wave-lovers are kitted out with the best gear all year round. Favourites include Atlantic Surf Co, Sunset Surf Shop, Wet Willy’s Surf Shop, 2nd Surf, Cabrinha and Big Bay Surf.


2. Shopping

big bayWho doesn’t love a little retail therapy?


Whether it’s Seaside Village, Table Bay Mall or Eden on the Bay Mall, Big Bay offers plenty of leisurely shopping environments with a seaside feel. Why subject yourself to the bustling chaos of other big malls, when you can find everything you need (and a breathtaking view to boot) right on your doorstep?


Seaside malls often have quaint, one-of-a-kind boutique-style stores, where you’ll pick up treasures you won’t find anywhere else. How about an all-boho clothing and homeware store? Or a seaside-inspired decor shop filled to the brim with ocean trinkets and whitewashed deck furniture?  


You’re sure to leave Big Bay with a trunk full of goodies and a much lighter wallet!


3. Scenery

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Every Big Bay local will tell you that you won’t find a better view of Table Bay and Table Mountain anywhere else in the City. That’s because it’s true. If you truly want to enjoy Cape Town in all her splendour, Big Bay is your best vantage point.


A family SUP session is sure to take that view to a whole new level when you’re out on the waves on one of Cape Town’s calmer days. Or perhaps a family picnic on the beach will be the perfect reminder that you live in one of the most beautiful places on earth. 


Big Bay beach remains a top hotspot to unwind for locals, come rain or shine. A delicious, hot cappuccino from a nearby coffee shop on a chilly morning is a favourite pastime for those who prefer an early start. A breezy after-work stroll on the shore is also the perfect way to ease away the stress of the day.


But don’t take our word for it. One visit to Big Bay over the weekend, and you’ll be sold too.


4. Sundowners

big bayLeaving the best for last…


Sundowners with friends are one of life’s simple pleasures. And in Big Bay alone, we really are spoilt for choice every weekend, no matter the season.


The Blue Peter Hotel is a local institution to which locals have been flocking for decades. There’s just something about finding a spot on their evergreen lawns after work, catching some warm rays and winding down with a cold one. 


Ons Huisie restaurant is also one of Big Bay’s best-kept secrets. Originally the first dwelling of Frederick Louis Stadler and an internationally known heritage site over 130 years old, Ons Huisie is the perfect spot for sundowners in Cape Town.


Eden on the Bay’s restaurant strip is also a favourite for the whole family, offering visitors a variety of eateries to choose from, be it burgers and beer, sizzling seafood with a view, or platters to share washed down with your favourite cocktails. 



Why not make Big Bay your next pitstop for a fun day out with the family? There is so much to see and do, you may just find yourself coming back for more.

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