Simonstown

SIMONSTOWN

A short drive via Chapman's Peak or Fish Hoek towards Cape Point is Simonstown. In 1671 The Dutch East India vessel, Isselsteijn found the bay to be so excellent a harbour that the governor of the time Simon van der Stel, founded the port which was named in his honour. The British developed Simonstown as the base for their Atlantic Squadron, currently it is the base of the South African Navy. Compressed between the mountains and the sea, the town has attractive winding streets with a distinct old world feel. There are numerous antique and shops selling Afrikana books and other items of historical interest. The seafood restaurants in the harbour are of the best the Cape has to offer. Numerous boating charters use Simontown as their base into False Bay, it is also home to several hundred deep sea pleasure craft.