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Situated at the entrance to the resort town of Hermanus, pretty Vermont village has a small stretch of beach and borders the Hoek-van-die-berg Nature Reserve. Much of Vermont is undeveloped, however, Hermanus and surrounding areas are booming and the open spaces are unlikely to remain untouched for too long. While the village does not have a swimming beach, there are various locations along the suburb’s coastline to sit on the rocks and watch the whales that attract so many to this region of the Western Cape in South Africa.
Vermont was laid out as a small settlement with 20% retention of natural terrain to provide for green belts and conservation areas. The village has a large salt pan that attracts birdlife, specifically flamingos, and is the perfect spot to relax and enjoy the outdoors. The houses here are fairly new and well maintained and several security complexes and homes for the aged have recently been constructed.
Vermont has an onsite mall but for larger purchases and to experience a lively restaurant scene, visit Hermanus a short 9km drive away.
Top 8 reasons to visit Vermont
1. Pop in to the Bush Pub in the suburb to watch a televised game of rugby or to enjoy the evening’s live entertainment. Mingle with the locals.
2. Take a walk over to Onrus to swim at the village’s enclosed beach and to suntan on the soft golden sands. The rock pools will keep children entertained for hours.
3. Drive into Hermanus town to spend a lazy morning drinking coffee at a pavement café. Most eateries have excellent views of the bay. Watch as the whale crier patrols the bay to notify the public of the presence of whales.
4. The privately owned Hoek-van-die-berg Nature Reserve alongside Vermont contains pristine fynbos (fine bush) and a hiking trail has been established through the reserve. Arrange for a... Show more