Scarborough, South Peninsula
Rustic beach living right in the middle of nature, Scarborough –rubbing shoulders with Cape Point Nature Reserve and itself designated a conservation village – is about as away from it all as you can get on the Cape Peninsula. Just a scattering of houses, mostly laid-back beach cottages, overlook a long white sandy beach and the blustery Atlantic Ocean. You are in prime viewing position for the most spectacular sunsets, and yet it’s less than an hour’s drive to the centre of Cape Town if city life calls.
Wake up to the sound of the waves breaking on the beach below, smell the fresh sea air and soak up the views over coffee while you plan the day ahead. Surfing at the beach break is exhilarating for intermediate to experienced surfers, or take long hikes through the unspoilt fynbos; a gentle walk on the beach watching the surf action, picnics and nature walks can easily fill up the day. Grab freshly baked goods and gourmet deli items for your picnics from the Village Hub, one of the very few shops in Scarborough, or stock up at the Longbeach Mall near Noordhoek, a 15-minute drive away.
However remote it feels, Scarborough is actually within reach of plenty of interesting activities if simple beach living palls. Simonstown with its rich naval history is just over the narrow peninsula, the False Bay coastline with its warmer waters and sea pools for swimming is fun to explore, the penguin colony at Boulders Beach is a must, and of course a leisurely drive to iconic Cape Point can’t be missed. There’s even a local wine estate, Cape Point Vineyards at Noordhoek, if you want to taste wines without the scenic drive to the Constantia Valley. But Scarborough living is really about being barefoot on the beach, laid-back living to the sound of the surf, and letting the rest of the world go by while you just enjoy your pristine surroundings and tranquillity.