Bayside Beach House Backpackers is the perfect stop if you’re planning to break away from the noisy city centre. Bayside Beach House Backpackers is an escape route if you’re tied down by that shoestring budget. It’s the perfect place if you are craving the sand between your toes and the ocean breeze to cool you off. This is where the smell of fumes is almost non-existent. Where nature blossoms through life’s cracks. A place where you can take off your slick city suit and let your spirit run free with the wind. Oh yes, doesn’t it just sound magical? A secret is about to be revealed. A treasure where you can find just this. Where you can be just you. A place where you can truly relax and let go of life’s stress. For travellers or locals alike this place really is a hidden gem.
With just a short drive out of the city over the beautiful Sir Lowry’s pass and through the Cape Overberg. This place is completely overlooked by international travellers. Yet apparently a local’s favourite and I can definitely second that one. In a very little town called Betty’s Bay just along the R44, you’ll stumble straight into Bayside Beach House Backpackers. It’s everything that the name suggests. All the Bs in one. Beach, backpackers and just breathtakingly beautiful. With an ocean view and the mountains in the backdrop, you really do feel like your living in mystical beachside hobbit land.
Unfortunately or fortunately South Africa is not as tourist thriving as per say a city in Thailand, London or even Bali. The rule is If it’s out of season and you’re heading out of the city be sure to take a friend or five. As being a small town and an off the beaten track spot this backpackers can be a tad lonely at times. Still, it’s just too mysterious and completely majestic to skip.
The rooms are basic but comfortable. The surrounding views ensure that waking up on the right side of the bed happens on the daily. The downstairs floor has a bar and a pool table, with a crew the grooves flow free. Completely kitted out from head to toe you almost wouldn’t ever need to leave this place. Just be sure to come equipped with groceries and supplies. It is true backpacker style accommodation. The South African way of braaing (BBQ) all wkend long and making toasties for breakfast to cure the hangover blues and prep the belly for more beers.
If the self-catering vibes weren’t clearly attributed and trust me it does happen. Stress less. This may come as a surprise seen as how this town is a minute spec along the beautiful R44. There are actually places to scavenge out food. Pringle Bay is a mere 10 mins drive from the backpackers. Here you’ll be glad to find a little pub called Pregators, with the most delicious pizza in town there aren’t really any other options at 9.30pm at night.
The surrounding area is worth exploring. There’s a little lake/dam up the road and not to mention SAND DUNES. I mean dare I say more? Also, the Penguin Colony lives up the road from Bayside. It’s kinda a tourist kept secret. Especially compared to the influx at Boulders. So sssh don’t tell.
When you get tired of being adventurous you can live the high life and eat tasty food or shop the streets in Kleinmond. Which too is a stone’s throw away. If you’re feeling extra naughty try Kabel Joe’s Seafood Restaurant. They serve the most delightful oysters. Paired with a classic Sauvignon blanc, good company and the shining sun. It’s the most PERFECT day out. All in all: shop, wine, dine and adventure all packed into one. What more could a traveller ask for?
There it is. Magical, isn’t it? Just give it a go. I promise you’ll fall in love. You’ll feel free, fresh and fabulous. On a shoestring budget, it’s totally do-able minus the high life of course. Still, the adventure awaits. Go explore and see for yourself the treat that awaits you just outside Cape Town city. The beautiful Bayside Beach House Backpackers, a magical stopover in the midst of the mountains with the ocean on your doorstep.
If you are more of a city slicker and are looking for things to do in Cape Town. Read this post about The Neighbourgoods Market.