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The Atlantic Seaboard is the trendiest and most expensive of Cape Town's seaside real estate, curving west from the waterfront to the southern tip of the peninsula. Posh suburbs are perched on the steep slopes of Table Mountain with dazzling views of the ocean.

The sea water is icy; cooler by a few degrees than on the False Bay side. Plunging in is a great shock to the system but the beaches are gorgeous, perfect for catching a tan, picnicking or sundowners. The sun sets over the ocean on this side, setting it ablaze with colour. The rugged crags of the Twelve Apostles loom above the bays and coastal road which runs from Mouille Point all the way to Llandudno.

On the western side of the waterfront the coastal road leads to the suburbs of Mouille Point and Green Point. Originally a dodgy red-light district, the recent access to the waterfront has turned them into a flourishing area of restaurants, clubs and accommodation.

When the sea mists roll in don't be alarmed by the foghorn from Green Point lighthouse; it's incredibly loud. This chubby Victorian beacon is rather cute and looks like it comes straight out of a children's book, painted with diagonal red and white stripes.

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