WHAT TO DO:
You’d be forgiven for never leaving the house during your stay, but resist the urge. In Simon’s Town there’s a plethora of things to do and see.
The closest attraction is the Boulders African penguin colony, which is also home to the most sheltered swimming beach (R70 entry for adults). If you follow the free-to-use path from the main Boulders entrance towards the town, though, you’ll eventually come across an unmarked brown gate that allows access to the quiet, beautiful and little-known Water’s Edge beach. The route through coastal forest offers great bird sightings too — and not just of penguins.
For the history buffs, there’s a whole bunch of museums celebrating everything from the village’s naval heritage, to vintage toys. For a full list click here.
The ocean is your oyster — whether you’re admiring it from kayak, boat, or underwater.
If you’re tired of cooking, Just Sushi does decent takeaway sushi — best enjoyed on the deck at Baxter (the view is better). House owner Elle Katzeff suggests giving the touristy Bertha’s a wide berth, but recommends Saveur — also on the docks — for its simple, tasty dishes. For lunches, stock up on yummy quiches, pies and pastries from The Sweetest Thing in town.