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Peace and tranquility in Jacobsbaai (Jacobs Bay).
The well-laid out village of Jacobsbaai (Jacob’s Bay) on the west coast of South Africa was only formed in the mid-1990s and has proved to be both a relaxing holiday destination and astute investment for property speculators. With an abundance of character and charm, the first beachfront homes were built in the traditional West Coast farmhouse design, whitewashed with lime, a similar shade to the dunes on which they rest.
Origins of the name Jacobsbaai are unclear and the hardy veld would have likely catered for the odd cattle and sheep to sustain the farm owner. The lack of natural water resources and landing rights ensured that no development took place. Water is now piped throughout the region and Jacobsbaai sprang up from unspoilt surroundings.
Out here, one has the feeling of miles of nothingness with only the relaxing sound of the sea breaking the silence. The beaches are pristine – Jacobsbaai has 7 coves in which to tan, swim and surf – and fresh fish, mussels and lobster are on your doorstep, all for the cost of a small licence fee. When the sun goes down in Jacobsbaai, visitors have an unobstructed view of a spectacular sunset over the sea.
Top 6 reasons to visit Jacobsbaai
1. Spend days on the beach enjoying the crisp fresh air and soft white sand. The water is chilly but refreshing and great for surfing and sea fishing. Nearby Kwaaibaai (Cross Bay) is a keen surfing spot.
2. Sample traditional west coast fare at the village’s only restaurant, the Weskusplek. Local fishermen supply the restaurant daily with fresh fish and lobster. Try the Cape fish bobotie off the menu, a form of fish curry.
3. At the start of spring, the west coast is transformed into a sea of colour by wild flowers that appear after good winter rains. The fields in and around... Show more