About Bantry Bay
Bantry Bay is situated on the slopes of Lion’s Head in Cape Town, and is one of the more affluent suburbs in the Western Cape Province of South Africa. Neighboring suburbs include Sea Point, Fresnaye and Clifton. Bantry Bay was originally called Botany Bay after a botanical garden that was planted there, but the name was changed to Bantry Bay during World War 1. You will find a plaque on the seashore of Bantry Bay that commemorates a visit by Charles Darwin who made important geological observations here relating to the nature and origin of granite.
Bantry Bay is one of the most wind-free suburbs of Cape Town, with an average of about 290 wind free days per year. Together with the protection from the wind, crashing waves and magnificent sunsets make Bantry Bay a much sought after place to visit and stay. It does not have a beach of its own, but you can reach the beaches of nearby Clifton on foot. You will also find a tidal pool at Saunders Rock on the border of Bantry Bay and Sea Point. Bantry Bay marks the start of the famous Platinum Mile and contemporary apartments line the Bantry Bay sea front, as close to the ocean as you can get.
The suburb is within easy reach of Table Mountain and the cableway. The V&A Waterfront and the city bowl are also easily accessed from Bantry Bay. For more options of restaurants and shops you can visit the nearby suburb of Sea Point or Camps Bay. Bantry Bay is situated 25km from Cape Town International Airport and 5km from Cape Town station. Bantry Bay is just minutes away from famous Cape Town beaches such as Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno and Hout Bay.
Nearby cultural attractions include the Cape Town Botanical Gardens, Parliament Buildings, SA National Art Gallery and the Planetarium. Stellenbosch and the Cape Wine Routes are a leisurely drive from Bantry Bay.