General Apartment Information
The location of the appartment, just across the road, some 500 meters, from Eden On The Bay complex, with great restaurants overlooking the ocean and table mountain is ideal to enjoy the beach and surrounding area.
Also the bus stop for the new "MY CITI" bus service is right in front of the apartment block. It runs approx every 15 minutes to Table View, and from there to Cape Town City Centre (just across the station) - also then to Waterfront etc -ideal to avoid traffic and very convenient and economical (R10 to CPT)
The apartment is just across the road from the beach and the new Big Bay development, situated right on the beach, with various shops, and quite a few restaurants, overlooking the ocean and Table Mountain.
Big Bay Area General Information
A real beach paradise and very popular coastal resort area in Bloubergstrand, from where you can watch stunning sunsets, against the backdrop of the famous Table Mountain and Robben Island. The open stretches of white sandy beaches makes Big Bay a popular destination for both local and international visitors.
Bloubergstrand has a long white sand beach on the Atlantic ocean, with a few rocky outcrops where black mussels are found. The water is cold due to the cold Benguela current but the beach is very popular with surfers. 'Big Bay', just to the West of BloubergStrand has become a popular kitesurfing spot due to the 1-3m surf for the majority of the year. Big Bay Beach is also well known for the ease with which White Mussels can be extracted from the sand by a process locally known as 'jiving'.
What to do Ideas
There are two world class Golf Courses within 10 minutes from Dolphin Ridge, Big bay - Atlantic Beach and Milnerton Golf Courses.
Milnerton Golf Club
A links-type layout modified in recent years with the building of a housing estate. Several holes run alongside the beach, and it's very testing in a wind. There are superb views over the Atlantic Ocean and towards Cape Town.
Course Info and user reviews for Milnerton Golf Club
Local Area History
A local hero, "Harry die Strandloper", or Hadah, was the leader of the Goringhaikonas, who were the first people documented to live in Bloubergstrand. Hadah, his original name Autshumao, was taken to Java in 1629 by the Captain of the ship 'London' to be taught English. Because of his entrusted duties to deliver letters to the British seafaring community, he became the first "Postmaster" in South Africa.
In 1806, the first casualties of the Battle of Blaauwberg drowned when their boat was driven by the large surf into the rocky point at the end of Stadler road and it capsized. The invading British forces went on to defeat the defending Dutch forces and subsequently occupied the whole of the Cape Colony.This was a initial step in the major colonisation that then took place throughout the southern African continent. Now a famous national monument, "Ons Huisie" (literally translated to Our Small Home) has a long and colourful history in the development of Bloubergstrand. The first dwelling of Frederick Louis Stadler. (Hence Stadler Road is the original street). Shortly after the Battle of Blouberg in 1806, he became owner of almost all the farm property that is now known as Bloubergstrand. The exact building date is not known, but a Thomas Bowler made a beautiful pencil drawing of the house in 1853. Hendrik Louis Stadler, the sixth son of Frederick Louis, was the owner of "Ons Huisie" at that time. His sons, Frikkie, Rozier and Johannes, were the some of the original founders of Bloubergstrand (the building is now a resturant of some reputation)
From the 1940's a well-known writer of illustrated Afrikaans childrens’ books, Helena 'Mollie' Lochner, who lived at the end of Stadler Road in "Die Groot Withuis" or the Lochner House, on the southernmost tip of the promontory. Her ashes are buried under the front step of the house. When she died "Mollie Lochner Huis" was bequeathed to the South African Teachers Union as a holiday home for female teachers but because of the high maintenance cost they had to dispose of it. Ultimately it was demolished in 2004 and a controversial highly contemporary styled guesthause was built on the site by Jacques Pauw, a well known local man, who was also involved in building the hospital. The large wooden cross out on the promontory rocks was erected in memory of the Bam family who live in Mollie's House and drowned off the point in 1911.
The above was adapted from Wikipedia