Stretched along the Atlantic Ocean coastline from Cape Town to the Northern Cape (and beyond, to the border of Namibia), the West Coast is known for its picturesque small towns, seasonal wildflowers and quaint fishermen's villages that have become popular West Coast holiday resorts. It’s an incredibly diverse region which encompasses the West Coast National Park, the Cederberg Mountains, the naval port of Saldahna Bay, the Swartland region and more.
The West Coast enjoys a Mediterranean climate, with long hot summers and cold rainy winters – but it’s not just the weather that reminds you of the Med. Some West Coast holiday destinations, like Paternoster with its azure seas, bone-white beaches and white and blue trimmed cottages, will make you feel as though you’ve arrived in Greece. No wonder the town is such a popular choice for summer holidays. In the winter, it’s equally charming, with plenty ofself catering West Coast accommodation promisingromantic weekends spent fireside while dramatic storm clouds roll over the grey ocean outside...
Another West Coast gem, Langebaan is only 1 hour and 25 minutes’ drive from the hustle and bustle of Cape Town, making it one of the best places to stay on the West Coast for a weekend getaway.The town is most famous for water sports, with kite surfing, paddle boarding, sea kayaking and more upfor the taking.It’s also an excellent entry point to explore the West Coast National Park.
Why we love West Coast holidays
Most West Coast holiday destinations are only a short drive from Cape Town, perfect for weekend getaways.
The Mediterranean-esque aesthetic of the coast and its villages is captivating, and a must for your Instagram!
In spring, the entire landscape changes colour as the region’s famous wildflowers arrive in full bloom.
Fresh seafood is the order of the day, whether you grab a takeaway to enjoy on the beach or visit one of Paternoster’s famous foodie haunts.
Inland, you can explore quaint and quirky towns like Darling, a must-visit during flower season.
Accessible, charming and with a wealth of self catering and pet friendly accommodation, West Coast holidays are a breeze for family holidays(fur children included), fun road trips with your friends, or romantic weekends away with your partner. Browse our West Coast travel packages now and let’s plan your holiday today!
What to do on a West Coast holiday
With its diverse landscapes, historical towns (and some quirky villages), and Mediterranean-like coastline, the West Coast is a road tripping dream come true. Throughout this scenic Western Cape stretch, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to discover the region’s unique charm, whether stopping for padkosat a roadside farm stall or learning to paddle board on the Langebaan lagoon.
West Coast activities are as diverse as the region. While water sports take centrestage in Langebaan, Paternoster is the first port of call for foodies. There’s also surfing, wreck diving, beer tasting, fine dining and rock art tours to add to your West Coast holiday itinerary.
West Coast activities and places to visit
Take a walk along South Africa’s longest beach (25.7km!) in Yzerfontein.
Have lunch at Evita se Perron in Darling, home of Pieter Dirk Uys’ famous alter-ego, Evita Bezuidenhout.
Dine at Wolfgat in Paternoster, voted the best restaurant in the world!
Enjoy beer tasting at Darling Brew.
Sign up for kite surfing lessons in Langebaan.
Visit the Cape Columbine Lighthouse.
See the famous wildflowers during the springtime.
But wait, there’s more... Your West Coast travel package can include visits to the Riebeek Valley winelands, the Cederberg Mountains, the popular surfers’ haunt Elands Bay and many other attractions and hidden gems in this special corner of South Africa. So get in touch with usto make your West Coast holiday dreams a reality.
The most direct way to get from Cape Town to Langebaan and Paternosteris to drive via the R27 coastal highway.
What must I pack?
The summers along the West Coast are very hot and dry, and even though the Atlantic Ocean is considered by many to be too cold to swim in, you’ll want to bring your swimsuit for a refreshing dip here and there!
Even in summer, the weather can be unpredictable, so always keep a light windbreaker on hand.
Winters get very cold (and wet). Be sure to pack the appropriate clothing.
Don’t forget sunscreen, lip balm, hat and sunglasses for summer holidays.
Always travel with a mini first aid kit and regular prescription medication.
Hand sanitiser and insect repellent.
Your camera (or just use your phone).
What can I do to become a responsible traveler?
Be water-wise. The West Coast is a water-scarce region. Be mindful and sparing with your water usage.
Support the local economy. Buy local food, souvenirs and support local artisans where possible at markets and pop-up stalls.
Be safety conscious: don’t display cash or valuables. Leave jewellery and expensive watches at home.
Keep your belongings safe – use the hotel safe for valuables.
What do I do in an emergency?
Contact the Thompsons Holidays 24-hour care line to assist in any travel related emergency.
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