Walking distance to the beach, train station and the town. The town has many tourist attractions, especially relating to naval history and conservation. It also has lovely quaint restaurants. A short train trip takes you to the tourist centers in Kalk Bay and Muizenburg and the famous Fish Hoek beach. Simonstown is on the edge of the Cape Peninsula Nature Reserve and home to the penguin breeding colony at Boulders Bay. Whale watching, kayaking, shark cage diving, hiking, cycling etc are popular activities with nightlife in Kalk Bay and Muizenburg a big attraction.
A car is preferable, but as the train station is close by it is possible to take the train all the way through to the centre of Cape Town – about an hours ride. Train tickets are very inexpensive and trains are frequent. The train passes through a string of pretty sea side touristy villages each with its own attractions – Fish Hoek, Kalk Bay, St James, Muizenburg.
Paddle the warm waters of False Bay with us and they'll show you some amazing things. They offer trips from the sedate to the adventurous but our most popular trip is to visit the penguins at Boulders Beach.
Boulders Beach Penguins
Boulders Beach in Simon’s Town has become famous for its thriving colony of African Penguins. Elevated board walks to Foxy Beach provide excellent viewing opportunities for penguins and whales.
Perfect for safe swimming and one of the best family beaches in the world. Boulders is a pay for entry beach to protect one of the worlds only land based penguin colonies.
This laid-back seaside town on the shores of False Bay comes alive in season, with holiday-makers crowding its streets as they make their way down to what is perhaps Cape Town’s nicest swimming beach.
Just Nuisance and the Navy
The story of able seaman Just Nuisance is a curious one. Just Nuisance was the only dog, a Great Dane to be more specific, to be enlisted in the Royal Navy. Even though he was buried with full military honours, the canine never sailed to sea. The large dog earned much affection by acting as a morale booster during World War II and by escorting drunken sailors home from the pub. The community of Simon’s Town honoured this unusual specimen by erecting a statue on Jubilee Square.
The Salty Sea Dog
The building of this lively restaurant, overlooking the historic harbour of Simon's Town, was erected in 1925 and used as a fish market.
After a few years the market closed down and in 1979 the premises was used by a well known member of parliament as his office cum salvor and as a diving school.
The present building was then re-vamped in 1998 and officially opened its doors for the fish business on 6th June 1998. Your hosts Debbie and Thys.
Fresh Seafood, Catch of the Day, Oysters, Prawns and our renowned Bertha’s Seafood Platters are some of our signature dishes. The Restaurant has a "nautical" feel to it, with Just Nuisance and photos from the Historical Society displayed on the walls.