The Atlantic Coast near Cape Town is dotted with wealthy suburbs and small, seaside villages. You'll find a variety of ocean activities; many of the small villages are the gateways to secret surf spots. Within these communities, you'll find vibrant nightlife, art galleries and trendy hotspots - gourmands take note, as some of these suburbs have high-end restaurants waiting to astound your palate.
Of note are the towns of Green Point, Sea Point, Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay. Green Point and Sea Point are famous for their bustling night lives - Sea Point is more or less a 24 hour party town. The suburbs of Bantry Bay, Clifton, Camps Bay and Llandudno are enclaves for the rich and super-rich. If you like to marvel at multi-million dollar homes that have to-die-for views of the ocean, these are your towns.
If, however, you have no opinion on the houses of the rich and super-rich, continue north to Hout's Bay, where you'll encounter more restaurants and the World of Birds, a sanctuary for South Africa's fauna. From magpies to meerkats, the World of Birds is a great place for nature lovers.
Continuing north from Hout's Bay, you'll wind your way along Chapman's Peak Drive (a curvy road cut into a cliff face), one of the most amazing scenic drives in the world. Chapman's Peak Drive will take you to Kommetjie and Scarboroug, where you'll find Long Beach, one of the most sought-after breaks in the surfing world.
Exploring the peninsula's coast makes for a rewarding and scenic day trip. You'll head south on the M3 from Cape Town through the beautiful Constantina Valley, eventually hitting the False Bay coastline and continuing down to Cape Point. At Cape Point, you can round the peninsula and head north and west, where you'll run across more small suburbs, villages, and world-class surf spots.