A jewel along the False Bay coastline, Kalk Bay is nestled between the warm ocean and fynbos-covered Kalk Bay mountains. With spectacular views across the bay, Kalk Bay is known for its natural beauty, long fishing history, fantastic cuisine and artistic flair. Its name comes from the Dutch ‘Kalk Baai’ meaning ‘lime bay’, after the vast deposits of mussel shells that were found and burned by settlers to make lime for construction.
A slice of life
Now a trendy seaside hamlet, this chic seaside suburb retains its old world charm with its historic buildings, stylish architecture, cobbled streets and eclectic mix of people. Attracting a vibrant creative community, the neighbourhood is made up of a quaint collection of summer escapes and beloved family homes. There are two primary schools in Kalk Bay and a train line that runs between Simon’s Town and the city.
Moving at a pace of its own, Kalk Bay enjoys a holiday atmosphere all year round. The climate is mild thanks to warmer waters and friendly locals can be seen enjoying morning dips in the ocean followed by fresh bakes and coffee. Fishermen in colourful boats are out on the water and in season, Southern Right Whales can be seeing playing or resting very close to shore.
A place to play
Along with a wide variety of quirky and bohemian shops, culture buffs make the most of the art galleries, unique bookshop, theatre and antique shops. The natural harbour is abuzz with local fishermen selling their catch as they’ve done for over a hundred years, while surfers make the most of one of the best reefs in Cape Town. Along with its easy lifestyle appeal, Kalk Bay is also a hub of outdoor action, with activities like sea fishing, angling, mountain trails and exploring the fascinating sandstone Kalk Bay caves.