Google map location: Paternoster beach on the map
How to get there: Route to the beach from central Cape Town
Type of beach: Long stretches of sand with rocky outcrops separating them into bays
Natural or commercial: Natural with some light local commercial fishing
Access by car: There is a beach car park and then you are on the beach, but you can access the beach from many places in the village.
Free or paid: Free.
Access: Easy access to walk onto the sand.
Surroundings: A few restaurants spread out in the village that walk out on the beach. Other than that just white fisherman's homes and holiday accommodation. Many colourful small fishing boats scattered along the beach.
Paternoster is South Africa's nearest answer to a Greek island look and feel. This beautiful beach is exactly 150km due north from Cape Town central and will take you around two hours or so to get there. Once there, you can appreciate the architecture of the little village, where all houses are to be painted white, with the exception of the red restaurant! You will appreciate the beauty and views, the sun and sea.
Make sure you time your visit over lunch-time and get there early to reserve a place, because there are quite a few great seafood restaurants to choose from, some right on the beach others set back on the high street. There are also some other types of restaurants. It should be mentioned that the whole place is a fishing village so you get only the freshest and best seafood at really reasonable prices.
This is a blog from Africa4Adventure.com. A short series on great beach destinations in South Africa based upon motorcycle rides to get there. Some are short day rides from Cape Town, others are much longer rides but if in Southern Africa and you are somewhere on the coast then are really good beaches to visit if you can find the time and are in the general area.
|Bike parked up overlooking the beach|
|View as you ride into town|
|Bek bay beach on the left in Paternoster|
|Lovely clean sandy beach|
|White houses in the background show the typical architecture|
|Good for nice long walks|
|Waves spewing spray in the wind|
|Some of the typical little fishing boats|
|Colourful and add atmosphere to the beach|
|Waves, a few people and fishing boats|
|On of the restaurants on the beach|
|Always popular for its excellent seafood|
|View from the restaurant over the beach|
|View from inside the restaurant|
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