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Located in one of the few regions in South Africa that has remained largely unspoilt, Shelley Point is a residential oasis at the northern tip of St Helena Bay in the Western Cape Province of South Africa.
Shelley Point is a secure, sprawling development that has attracted property investors and homeowners seeking exceptional buys. The luxurious development includes a 9-hole golf course, 3 secluded beaches, a swimming pool, tennis courts, gym, wellness centre, health spa and country club.
Rarely does one have to leave Shelley Point other than to stock up on major supplies, here it’s possible to enjoy a meal at the onsite restaurant, socialise at the bar and even have a haircut! For business travellers, Shelley Point has the necessary equipment to host conferences and business meetings.
Top 6 reasons to visit Shelley Point
1. Spend time swimming in the bay, surfing the left breakers at Stompneus Bay, fishing for mullet or just staring out to sea; the waters surrounding Shelley Point are rich in nutrients that attract fish, expect to see Cape fur seal, sunfish, schools of dolphin and the occasional whale.
2. A trip to the West Coast National Park is worthwhile to view the various animals and vast birdlife resident in the park. The park surrounds the Langebaan lagoon which could quite easily be mistaken for a tropical island.
3. Visit the West Coast Fossil Park for a fascinating introduction to a site rich in fossils from the Pliocene (5 million years old) era. The perfectly preserved fossils were discovered at an old river bend where animals were buried under volumes of shifting sand. Fossil discoveries include African bears, sabre-toothed cats and a short-necked giraffe.
4. Club Mykonos is a resort modelled on typical brightly-coloured seaside kalivas found on Greek islands. The resort has an onsite casino and a waterfront packed with restaurants overlooking the small craft harbour.
5. Travel to Paternoster to watch the fishermen return with their catch to be sold directly on the beach. Most of the old fisherman cottages have been purchased by investors and lovingly restored, making this town one of the most picturesque seaside villages along the coast.
6. Early spring is wild flower season when the barren fields surrounding Shelley Point are awash with colour as millions of flowers miraculously appear. Visitors from all over the world travel to the west coast to see this spectacle.
The nearest airport is Cape Town International, 170km from Shelley Point. It’s possible to hire a charter to Saldanha airfield 45km away, however, book well in advance as permission is required to fly over the area’s restricted air space. A vehicle can be hired at the airport or in Langebaan otherwise order a rental online. Some shuttle companies operate between Cape Town and Shelley Point but to better experience the area, we recommend hiring a car.
Did you know?
The Portuguese navigator Vasco da Gama landed here in 1497 and named the bay Bahai da Santa Elena (St Helena) after the mother of Emperor Constantine the Great. A marble monument has been erected nearby to commemorate his visit and pioneering voyage to the east.
The geographical location of St Helena Bay is such that, unlike any other west coast seaside town, the sun rises over the sea.