False Bay. Cape Town. South Africa.

The False Bay was given its name when Portuguese lived there. Located in the Cape Peninsula, False Bay has the most popular beaches in Cape Town. False Bay is so wide that many seafarers in foggy weather took it for the open ocean. The legend of the ship ghost – “Flying Dutchman” is connected with the False Bay.

A view of False Bay from Cape Point looking east towards Cape Hangklip. The large sandy beach is used for swimming and surfing.

A view of False Bay from Cape Point looking east towards Cape Hangklip. The large sandy beach is used for swimming and surfing.

The rocky eastern and western shores of False Bay plunge into the deep water. With mountainous landscape, these places are very popular for its highest points: Koeëlberg (1289m), Somerset Sneeukop (1590m), Wemmershoek Peak (1788m), Du Toits Peak near Paarl (1995m). If the eastern and western parts of the Bay are covered with high peaks and mountains, the northern shore is controversy low and very pleasant for a beach vacation. It has very wide, clear and sandy beach, very calm and beautiful. Because of its landscape, it was given a name Cape Flats.The bay is 30 kilometers wide.

False Bay, near Cape Town in South Africa, with Simonstown in the background.

False Bay, near Cape Town in South Africa, with Simonstown in the background.

Few kilometers of Cape Flats, to the north, is located the legendary C-shaped Table Bay. It is smaller than Cape Flats, and it is not that wide. The Robben Island is situated nearby. The central area of Cape Town is located around the Table Bay. Such famous tourist attractions as Devil’s Peak, Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill form are located here.
The climate here is warm and dry, with hot summers and cool winters. Northwest storms and gales are often come from the northwest, bringing dryness and windy weather. False Bay is also exposed to southeasterly winds. The summer temperature in water is about 5-7 °C warmer than in Table Bay.

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