Bloubergstrand is Afrikaans for “blue mountain beach”, which is a reference to the scenery from its sandy beaches. Bloubergstrand is considered among the finest beaches of the Cape as far as water sports and outdoor activities are concerned and it is situated only about 20 minutes drive from Cape Town. It is known to be one of the most popular destinations for kitesurfing in the world and offers visitors and locals various other outdoor sporting activities including windsurfing and surfing. Kitesurfing in Bloubergstrand is becoming more popular each year, bringing enthusiasts and professionals from nations like the Netherlands, Germany as well as the USA. Anyone wanting to experience this strong adrenaline activity can give it a go and be able to master it after 3 or 4 lessons and will easily find a qualified instructor in the area.
One unique characteristic about Blouberg is the huge coal ship that ran aground off the coast in the year 2009. The Turkish boat that was 77m had, according to local kitesurfers, increased states for water sports along this stretch of coastline, due to the manner it supplies shelter from the Blouberg wind and redirects it to the waves. There are numerous other motives besides water activities to visit with Bloubergstrand, like the astonishing views from the other side of the Atlantic Ocean to Table Mountain, which stands tall in the skyline.
The beach is open and long, with considerable space in the sand for beach sports like touch rugby, football, frisbee and so forth. In the event that you wish to do something more relaxing, there are many dining and nightlife options in the area, one popular outing is having dinner or lunch at the Blue Peter Hotel, which is situated next to Blouberg beach. When lit up during the evenings, the restaurant offers the perfect intimate setting for a romantic night out.
A number of the marine life that Blouberg visitors might catch a peek at includes Southern Right Whales, as well as different species of Dolphins, Cape Fur seals.
Bloubergstrand is additionally a historical place, having hosted the well-known Battle of Blaauwberg, wherein British soldiers got the better of their Dutch counterparts to get control over the colony of Cape in 1806.
A few things to do in Bloubergstrand
Kitesurfing: Taking kitesurfing lessons in Blouberg is extremely popular throughout the summertime of Cape Town, from Nov – April.
Surfing: Another sporty activity that is extremely popular to participate in, is surfing. Surfing becomes pretty popular due to the warmer sunny weather in December which is the same months as kitesurfing.
Stand up paddling: Stand up swimming, also well known by its own acronym SUP, is one of these activities you have to try, particularly on a bright summer day. SUPing needs more balance and coordination than strength, and will usually be mastered, in 30 minutes or so. It is additionally a good approach to see the seals within Blouberg in their natural habitat.
Cocktails in Pakalolo: Pakalolo is 25m from Blouberg beach and is heaven that kitesurfers like to visit to unwind after a good kitesurfing session.
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