Glencairn, False Bay

Lying between Fish Hoek and Simons Town, in the bend of the road where the M4 meets the M6, Glencairn and the beach of the same name are often overlooked for the more exciting destinations of Simonís Town and Cape Point Nature Reserve.

But the mountainous village, with fantastic sea views, is actually a wetland conservation area with hiking trails, 2250 indigenous plant species, resident clawless otters, birds, mongooses and buck - and all this just two kilometres from a busy shopping centre.

Glencairnís railway station includes a subway that leads right on to the beach and as such is popular with school children from in and around Cape Town. The long Glencairn beach, with its gentle seas and accompanying tidal pool, is perfect for swimming, snorkelling, surfing and sunbathing.

Glencairn is also a good spot for whale watching in season and the locals will tell you tales of Great White sightings too. The wreck of the Glencairn barge lies about 450 metres off the Glencairn quarry and serves as a diving haunt for local divers who love it for the swim-throughs and the stunning reef that surrounds the wreck.

Glencairnís homes are set right against the mountain, overlooking False Bay, and close to local shops and restaurants. Simonís Town is literally around the corner and Boulders beach, which has one of the few land-based resident penguin colonies, is 10 minutesí away.

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I prefer Glencairn to Simons town because its a bit quieter and so its great for when you really want to unplug! the views from here are just amazing and then if you feel you need some activity, a hop and a skip to simons town and you have lovely restaurants and things to do.

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