Top 10 Pet-friendly Activities in Cape Town

Cape Town is a beautiful city with so much to offer locals and tourists… Blessed with world-class eateries, stunning coastlines and mountains and incredible indoor and outdoor experiences – it’s a well-rounded, exciting city to enjoy.

But what about your feline friends and pooches… How can they join in on the fun, you ask?

Well, here are some ideas on how you can include the whole family (four-legged members too!) when exploring the Mother City:

Found within South Africa’s prettiest province  Western Cape Cape Town is a popular city for sightseeing as well as a city and seaside adventures.

#1 Take Them to De Waal Park

This pretty green space in the heart of the inner city is one of the most popular places for people and pets to enjoy.

With its wide open spaces, numerous trees and fun concerts and events, it’s a unique outdoorsy spot in the city.

Best of all, it’s one of the most popular parks among dog walkers – and rightly so! But even if you don’t have a pooch, you can try take a calm kitty on a leash there and enjoy some special moments with your precious pet(s).

Just remember to be considerate (especially with dogs) – and when needed, clean up after them and keep the animals and people around you safe too, especially if your animal gets tense around other people or pets.

Contact: N/A

Website: dewaalpark.co.za

Address: De Waal Park, Molteno Road, Oranjezicht, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

David Spence via Friends of De Waal Park Facebook Group
David Spence via Friends of De Waal Park Facebook Group

#2 Exercise with Your Pet in Green Point Urban Park

Green Point Urban Park is one of the best things to ever hit the city. Offering spectacular views of the mountains and Cape Town Stadium, it is a tranquil oasis filled with dams, birds, interesting garden sections, park benches and plenty of excellent grassy picnic spots for the whole family to utilise.

It’s easy to explore, as it is even wheel-chair and pram-friendly in most sections, and offers a rich outdoor experience for both young and old.

And of course, you can take your leashed pooches and cats (if you’re more a cat person…) to the park to enjoy some time in the sun or good, old-fashioned exercise!

Again, please be considerate of others and clean up after your pets because this is a very popular, clean public space that the city is most proud of.

Contact: +27 (021) 444 4258

Website: N/A

Address: Green Point Urban Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point,  Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Head to the (Scarborough) Beach

Scarborough in the Deep South is a quieter, yet incredibly beautiful beach. Offering a peaceful shoreline, adventurous rock cluster and ocean, it makes for a lovely walk or sunset picnic experience.

What’s more, this is also one of the most well-loved beaches for dogs. And while dogs are permitted to visit Scarborough Beach, you will need to keep an eye on them and clean up after them.

In return, you can enjoy beach walks and endless fun with your best friend, who will absolutely love this beach treat!

Note: There are usable poop scoops, bags and bins at the beach.

Contact: +27 (021) 780 1122

Website: N/A

Address: Scarborough Beach, Camel Rock Road, Scarborough, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 Picnic in Tokai Lower Park

Not only is this one of the best spots wherein to enjoy nature, while walking your dog – but it is child-friendly too so the whole family can get in on the fun.

With the beauty of the forest, streams and firm, dirt paths, it makes for an excellent adventure for dog walkers, families, horse riders, runners and cyclists all.

And, if you are careful not to litter or spoil the outdoor space, you can even pack in a tasty picnic lunch to enjoy with family – and fur friends.

Note: Dog walkers, horse riders and cyclists require permits/activity cards, as per Table Mountain National Park rules… Read more here.

Contact: +27 (021) 712 7471, tablem@sanparks.org

Website: N/A

Address: Tokai Lower Park, Orpen Road, Tokai Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

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parkscape.org.za

#5 Playtime on Bloubergstrand Beach

If your pet likes beach walks or playtime by the shoreline, you are in luck because Bloubergstrand Beach is known and loved for its dog-friendliness!

You will often see dog walkers in this area, enjoying the beach’s picture-perfect views, natural beauty and ocean setting, along with all the other beachgoers.

And with cafes, food trucks and paved walkways near at hand, you can easily enjoy a bite to eat or stroll with your dog too.

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Address: Bloubergstrand Beach, Otto Du Plessis Drive (M14) between Big Bay and Table View Beach, Bloubergstrand, Blaauwberg, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Explore Newlands Forest with Your Pet

Newlands Forest is one of the most incredible places to hike in the city… and as a bonus, you can bring along two dogs (as per Level 1 permits)… there’s probably no limit on cats though!

And, whether you wish to stick to an easier, less demanding hike or go chasing after waterfalls, there is something for everyone – even the kids – to enjoy here.

If you add in a picnic or slow walks along pretty trails, you are in for a glorious time all round.

In winter, there are plenty of flowing streams for pets to drink from but during the warmer months, it’s probably best to pack in water and collapsible water bowls.

Note: Dog walkers require permits/activity cards, as per Table Mountain National Park rules… Read more here.

Contact: +27 (021) 712 0527, tablem@sanparks.org

Website: N/A

Address: Newlands Forest, Table Mountain National Park, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Breakfast with Your Pet at Cafe Paradiso

Cafe Paradiso via Facebook
Cafe Paradiso via Facebook

The charming Cafe Paradiso is an excellent place to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Mother City… especially as it is so wonderfully child- and dog-friendly!

Children can enjoy the kid’s kitchen experience, while pets happily stay by your side. Pets are warmly welcomed (in fact, they aren’t just welcome – they are invited along!) and the soothing garden setting is sure to keep them at ease.

With great food, a gorgeous restaurant space and care for your pet… this is surely the perfect place to enjoy a town breakfast.

Contact: cafeparadiso@madamezingara.com

Website: www.cafeparadiso.co.za

Address: Cafè Paradiso, 110 Kloof Street, Gardens, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Go for Lunch at Lighthouse Cafe

Lighthouse Cafe in Simon’s Town is a wholly delightful, dog-friendly cafe for you and your fur baby to enjoy.

This popular local eatery is known for its charming interiors, delicious breakfasts and lunches and warm hospitality. It offers a great range of food, so you can tuck in while your furry friend enjoys a relaxed outing instead of being left behind at home…

So, if you own a well-behaved, polite doggy, then they are most welcome to join your group at lovely Lighthouse Cafe!

Contact: +27 (021) 786 9000, thelighthousecafe.co.za

Website: www.thelighthousecafe.co.za

Address: Lighthouse Cafe, 90 St George’s Street, Simon’s Town, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 Afternoon Tea Treats with Your Fur Friend

Because they understand just how hard it is to leave a pet alone at home, pining for its beloved owner, the luxurious Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay invites pets to stay at the hotel in special rooms, equipped with the necessary pet beds, bowls and menus… And, in addition to this, at the Leopard Bar, small breed dogs (coming in lower than knee height) are welcome to join you for your afternoon tea experience.

So while you tuck in, your well-behaved best friend can provide an excellent companion, especially if you are a solo traveller or otherwise dine alone.

Contact: +27 (021) 437 9000

Website: www.12apostleshotel.com

Address: Leopard Bar, 12 Apostles Hotel, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

The Twelve Apostles Hotel
The Twelve Apostles Hotel

#10 Dinner with Your Pooch at Massimo’s

Massimo’s is not only one of the best and most popular restaurants in Cape Town (Italian or otherwise) – but it is also one of the most dog-friendly, as well-behaved dogs are welcome outside and in selected inside areas too.

Serving up an enticing, dedicated dog menu, good dogs on a leash can enjoy their own feast, while you and your friends or family enjoy your own incredible meal and flowing conversations.

Best of all, for every doggy meal sold, R1 is donated to Underdog Project – while for every bandana bought for your fashionable pooch, all profits go to DARG.

So bring your furry friend along… and support dogs in need in the process!

Note: Due to popular restaurant demand, booking is advisable. And it’s also a good idea to notify the restaurant in advance if you are bringing your pooch along for the meal too.

Contact: +27 (021) 790 5648, info@massimos.co.za

Website: www.massimos.co.za

Address: Massimo’s, Oakhurst Farm Park,
Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the incredible pet-friendly activities you can enjoy with your best friend… but, as ever, please be considerate of others and their pets, no matter where you go or what you choose to do!

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Top 10 activities in Sea Point.

In recent years, Sea Point has steadily become one of Cape Town’s most popular, outdoorsy and food-conscious suburbs.

Thanks to its gorgeous ocean and mountain views, impeccable sunsets and vibrant outdoor and indoor spaces – it makes for a very family-friendly and all-round great place to go for some food, fun and good times in the sun!

And here are the top activities to enjoy in Sea Point (and surrounds):

#1 Hit the Sea Point Promenade

Okay, so this one is practically a given… You simply cannot visit Sea Point without jogging, cycling or walking along the Promenade. (Even driving alongside it is a rewarding experience!)

Come rain or shine, you will always find Capetonians and tourists flocking the Sea Point Promenade – and for good reason!  It offers perfectly paved, lengthy walkways, superb ocean and mountain views and some recreational grassy areas too.

Happily, these areas are littered with benches, play areas, outdoor gym equipment and even some fascinating artworks – so be sure to hit the Sea Point Promenade to see just how much it has on offer!

Whether you want to walk your four-legged friend(s), enjoy some fun strolls with the family or exercise out in the fresh air, the Promenade is the answer.

Contact: N/A

Website: N/A

Address: Sea Point Promenade, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Get outdoors at Green Point Urban Park

This park remains one of the city’s finest additions. Not only is it perfect for pets and families to enjoy, but it also offers beautiful views of Table Mountain, Lion’s Head and even the Cape Town Stadium – and happily, it is even situated across from the Promenade.

It’s the perfect place to enjoy some fresh air, a carefully planned kiddies’ party or simply an interesting stroll among the plants and flowers, as you enjoy educational, eco-friendly gardens and walkways.

And the best part? This clean, well-maintained city park is completely free for one and all to enjoy!

Contact: (021) 417 0120

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address: Green Point Urban Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Road, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Visit Mojo Market

This still-new and very exciting indoor lifestyle and food market is arguably one of the best things to have hit the city in recent years.

Not only is it well-situated along Sea Point’s famous Regent Road, but it also offers something for everyone and is open seven days a week, from 08:00 am – 10:00pm collectively.

Whether you’re after food, clothing, drinks or simply some local crafts and jewellery to buy, this market has you sorted with its selection of some 45 designer retail stores, 25 food stalls and even a fresh goods section!

It’s quickly cemented itself as a standard, buzzing part of everyday city in life in Sea Point now – and we couldn’t be happier!

Contact: manager@mojomarket.co.za

Website: www.mojomarket.co.za

Address: Mojo Market, 30 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Mojo Market via Facebook
Mojo Market via Facebook

#4 Take to the sea with Kaskazi Kayaks

For those who crave the open sea or even just something different to experience in the Mother City – Kaskazi Kayaks has you covered on both fronts. For over 15 years, they have been consistently delivering memorable and fun sea adventures in and around Sea Point.

Based in Three Anchor Bay, this dedicated sea kayak and adventure centre specialises in amazing kayaking experiences and training. Handily, they also stock a wide range of top kayaks, clothing, adventure gear and equipment.

So if you wish to take to the open sea or kayak around Sea Point, get in touch with them today!

Contact: +27 (083) 346 1146

Website: kayak.co.za

Address: 179 Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Putt putt fun in Mouille Point

For adults and children alike, putt putt can be a great and fun way to enjoy time together, relieve daily stresses or even just a way to practice your golfing skills in a non-judgmental and relaxing space…

And in the Mouille Point putt putt course, visitors can experience one of the more popular spots in and around Sea Point. It makes for cheap fun, is pretty easy to play, and allows you to get outdoors – what more could you need?

Their handy kiosk is also stocked up with some tasty eats and drinks, in case you require some sustenance, as you enjoy one of two 18-hole putt putt courses!

Contact: +27 (021) 434 6805

Website: N/A

Address: Mouille Point Putt Putt Course, Beach Road, Mouille Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 Ride a bike with Up Cycles

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Cycling fans, lovers of the outdoors and travellers young and old, this one is for you! Up Cycles – a popular city cycle rental service – is one of the best known businesses in Sea Point (and beyond)!

Up Cycles allows you to affordably rent and cycle along the Promenade, V&A and a few other spots in the city. And, as they have stations based in Sea Point, V&A Waterfront – Silo 5, Breakaway Cafe and Camps Bay, they are centrally and easily accessible.

The process is simple: find a station, choose and pay for your ride and accessories (like child seats), ride about – and then just return everything afterwards! It’s sure to be a fun and memorable experience for all!

Please note: Rates start at R70 for one hour, and they offer half-day or multiple hour rentals. Up Cycles is open 365 days a year, barring in heavy rain or severe weather conditions.

Contact: (074) 100 9161 or (076) 135 2223

Website: upcycles.co.za

Address: Up Cycles, Beach Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Make a splash in Sea Point Swimming Pool

One of the most popular attractions in Sea Point, this public swimming pool is a hit every season.

It offers visitors an Olympic-sized swimming pool, springboard diving pool and two splash pools, perfect for the kiddies. Aside from the pools, the venue also offers a kiosk, some vendors, lawn area and gorgeous sea and city views.

Be sure to pay it a visit when it’s open and have fun making a true splash!

Please note:  Until further notice, it is closed for renovations from 9 April 2018 onwards.

And because of the severe Western Cape drought and water restrictions, the Sea Point Swimming Pool may be less accessible than usual upon its re-opening.

Also, there is a very minimal per person entry fee, charged according to age. (Pensioners enjoy free entry.)

Contact: (021) 434 3341

Website: www.capetown.gov.za

Address:  Sea Point Pavilion, Lower Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Enjoy Tea in the Park

Tucked away within the beautiful Green Point Urban Park, one finds the charming Tea in the Park by Reliance restaurant. Here, visitors can enjoy not only a great cup of tea – but a choice of hot and cold beverages, sweet treats, sandwiches and wraps in what is a truly lovely space.

And because it’s run by the same team who brought the beloved and whimsical Tree Under The Trees to Paarl, you are assured quality and tastiness, with good service to boot!

Please note: Tea in the Park is open seven days a week (weather permitting), Monday to Sunday, from 09:00 am – 17:00 pm.

Contact: (060) 997 6153, (086) 188 8784

Website: www.reliance.co.za/teainthepark.html

Address: Tea in the Park, 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

Feng Wong via Twitter
Feng Wong via Twitter

#9 Dine at a famous Sea Point Eatery

Sea Point is famous for its food, there’s no question of that! And with a host of popular new and time-honoured eateries alike, visitors to this trendy suburb are not short of great places to go for a good meal!

Although, as with everything, there are always a few that immediately spring to mind – and in this case, that has got to be La Mouette, Scheckter’s RAW and Three Wise Monkeys respectively.

Each eatery has its own trademark stamp, but quality service and food are guarantees at all three of these Sea Point eateries, so be sure to try them for yourself!

Contact:
– La Mouette: +27 (021) 433 0856, www.lamouette-restaurant.co.za
– Scheckter’s RAW: +27 (021) 434 1364, schecktersraw.com
– Three Wise Monkeys: +27 (021) 433 1837, threewisemonkeys.co.za

Website: (please see listed above)

Address: Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Do some City Sightseeing

Last but by no means least, we have the endlessly popular and oh-so-fun City Sightseeing tours, which run along and through the Sea Point stretch.

In particular, both the Red City Tour and Blue Mini Peninsula Tour respectively will take you from the V&A Waterfront, through the city to Camps Bay and then back through Sea Point and its surrounds. (There are multiple hop-on, hop-off stops available at every stage of the tour!)

All City Sightseeing tours are heaps of fun and best of all, each trip offers its own excellent service, comfort, stunning scenery, even as you enjoy easy city sightseeing, and interesting audio commentary, available in a host of different languages!

This type of family-friendly experience is a must for the memory books, trust us on that!

Please note: If you book online, you can enjoy discounted ticket prices; it’s a great way to save! Though per person tour prices range according to age group and chosen route.

Contact: +27 861 733 287 or (021) 511 6000

Website: www.citysightseeing.co.za/cape-town

Address: City Sightseeing, V&A Waterfront & 81 Long Street, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the stunning city activities you can enjoy in Sea Point!

Top 10 Restaurants in Sea Point.

Known for its old-school charms, beautiful beachfront vibes and wonderful outdoor spaces (like the Green Point Urban Park or Sea Point Promenade) Sea Point is a great place in the Mother City to explore and enjoy with your friends and family.

But with all these fun activities and so many places to see – what do you do when the hunger strikes? Well, you definitely don’t stress, that’s for sure – because Sea Point is blessed with some simply scrumptious eateries and restaurants!

Let’s take a look at the best restaurants in super Sea Point:

#1 La Mouette Restaurant

Not only is La Mouette one of the most elegant and stylish eateries in the Mother City – but it’s also a firm Sea Point favourite.

And with its stunning setting (which offers delightful indoor and outdoor seating options), seasonally-inspired menus and fine attention-to-detail when it comes to food, atmosphere and service, it’s not hard to imagine why it’s such a well-loved restaurant.

Anything off the menu is sure to delight both the palate and the eye – so sit back, order and enjoy a marvellous meal with La Mouette Restaurant!

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0856

Website: www.lamouette-restaurant.co.za

Address: La Mouette Restaurant, 78 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#2 Scheckter’s RAW

When Tony Scheckter spent some time living in New York, he was shocked to discover just how creative and inventive the health food scene in the city was.

Upon returning to SA, he was both frustrated and disappointed to discover how limited many local eateries could be… So, he decided to created his own food cafe to counter that.

And oh, has the city been grateful he decided to do that… If you’re a health fanatic, vegan or simply someone who loves fresh, delicious and healthy foods, then you need to head to Scheckter’s RAW… now!

This Sea Point-situated eatery serves up wonderful gourmet health food – curated by Tony Scheckter himself – and a whole lot of restaurant charm besides.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 1364

Website: schecktersraw.com

Address: Scheckter’s RAW, 98 Regent Road, Sea Point, Western Cape, South Africa.

#3 Three Wise Monkeys

This tiny, but popular restaurant is one of the city’s most beloved hole-in-the-wall eateries. And here, ramen and poke bowls reign supreme…

The food is delicious, affordable and filling (one bowl can sometimes be enough for two people to enjoy together) and the setting is relaxing, allowing you to really bond over a good meal.

Contact: +27 (021) 433 1837

Website: threewisemonkeys.co.za

Address: Three Wise Monkeys, La Rhone Building, 77 Regent Rd, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#4 JARRYDS

At JARRYDS, balance is key, particularly in a place where food passion and quality meet… What’s more, JARRYDS believes in offering the freshest, healthiest and most mouth-watering offerings possible, by sourcing locally and seasonally as far as possible.

The menu presents a wide variety of healthy eats, and service will most likely always greet you with a smile… Honestly, overall, it’s the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat while happily exploring Sea Point.

Contact: (+27) 60 748 0145

Website: www.jarryds.com

Address: JARRYDS Sea Point, 90 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#5 Kleinsky’s Delicatessen

If you are on the search for Cape Town’s best breakfast, add Kleinsky’s Delicatessen to your list of strong contenders… and don’t look back.

This gorgeous spot serves great coffee, perfect breakfasts and friendly service, all of which helps to provide visitors with a memorable meal. Their bagels are also particularly good – so be sure to give those a try while you’re there!

Contact: +27 (021) 433 2871

Website: kleinskys.co.za

Address: Kleinsky’s Delicatessen, 95 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#6 La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro

Photo Credit: www.labohemebistro.co.za
Photo Credit: www.labohemebistro.co.za

As the only wine bar in the Sea Point area, this comfortable, warm bistro-style restaurant has a lot in its favour… And that’s even before you consider the creative menu (which changes daily; incorporating a fun variety of dishes), intimate restaurant atmosphere and mouthwatering tapas (perfect for sharing), meaty dishes and yummy salads and vegetarian options too.

If you’re looking to unwind with a glass of the good stuff (after all, they boast a top-notch wine list…) and some yummy snacks – then La Boheme is the place to go.

Contact: +27 (021) 434 8797

Website: www.labohemebistro.co.za

Address: La Boheme Wine Bar & Bistro, 341 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#7 Posticino Italian Restaurant

This well-loved Italian eatery is a laid-back, family-friendly place, designed around a selection of tasty dishes, like salads, meat-orientated dishes, pastas and of course, thin-crusted pizzas.

The vibe is friendly, warm and homely, ensuring a pleasant meal out with friends, little ones and sweethearts alike.

Contact: +27 (021) 439 4014

Website: posticino.co.za

Address: Posticino Italian Restaurant, 323 Main Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#8 Sundoo

Yet another fine offering from chef Seelan Sundoo, this New York-style eatery – which serves Indian and contemporary food – is a wonderful addition to the Sea Point food scene.

Offering an intimate space (capable of seating just 40 people), Sundoo has a big focus on breyanis, tandooris and delectable curries too… But they also have a range of tapas, fish and meat dishes, meaning they cater to many different tastes.

If you’re looking for something to help wash it down, Sundoo also makes great cocktails, and serves a selection of good wines.

Contact: +27 (021) 433 0542

Website: www.facebook.com/sundoorestaurant

Address: Sundoo, 77 Regent Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#9 NV-80 Grill & Bar

Photo credit: nv-80.co.za
Photo credit: nv-80.co.za

The celebration of some 32 years in the restaurant industry, there’s no question that, when it was conceptualised by brothers, Naldo and Victor Goncalves – NV-80 was indeed inspired by a love of and passion for both good food and service…

Today, this stylish eatery offers lovely indoor dining, an alfresco balcony (which begs you to come enjoy sundowners out on it) and a chic central bar… Oh, and let’s not forget its delicious food (think: divine steak and seafood) too!

NV-80 is a classic grill and bar, with a stylish, thoughtful twist – and, since its opening in 2014, it has definitely ranked as one of the most popular restaurants in Sea Point.

Contact: +27 (021) 439 7112/4

Website: http://nv-80.co.za

Address: NV-80, The Point, Shop 8, First Floor, 76 Regent Road, Sea Point,  Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

#10 Strolla Restaurant & Bar

Literally positioned just off of Sea Point’s popular Promenade, Strolla Restaurant & Bar is a relaxing spot for loved ones and friends to enjoy a delicious coffee, breakfast or sunset dinner and drinks at.

It offers visitors good food, elegant, comfy seating options and great kiddies’ facilities too, ensuring an all-round, family-friendly dining experience in Sea Point… In fact, Strolla could just become your next local – even if you’re not from around town!

Contact: +27 (021) 430 7778

Website: strolla.co.za

Address: Strolla Restaurant & Bar, 313 Beach Road, Sea Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa.

These are just some of the hip and happening or long-standing favourites to enjoy in and around in Sea Point!