Is Sea Point a good area to stay for a first timer and solo traveler?

By Traveller November 12, 2019
Cape Town

Is Sea Point a good area to stay for a first timer and solo traveler?

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By Rommel Traveller November 12, 2019

Visiting Cape Town for the first time and I'll be traveling on my own. Is Sea Point an ideal area to base myself? I'm a bit worried in staying in an apartment and it is where I found an affordable hotel. Is the location good enough travel to points of interest? Are there late night shops and restaurants in the area? More importantly how is the safety?

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HI Rommel,
Sea point is a great area to stay when visiting. I suggest staying at a Backpackers if you're travelling alone. There are a few in SP. Sea point has a lot of restaurants and bars etc. its easy to get from there to Town. Like all comments below, safety in CT is an issue - you need to be vigilant at all times. The best time to visit is between Feb and March weather wise.
Local November 14, 2019
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Bo Kaap seems to be pretty touristy. Do you think I can wander around there on my own, taking pictures? I'd rather not join a group tour as I'd like to take my time.
Rommel Traveller November 14, 2019
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During the day time its ok to wander, but you mustn't stray off the main street as it can be quite dangerous area. Unfortunately there are a lot of homeless people there. Also you must avoid the train station area, don't expect to travel by train in Cape Town. Uber is your best and safest method of transport unless you hire a car/ scooter.
Rikki Local November 15, 2019
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Hi Rommel, Seapoint is really fairly safe - transport in Cape Town and from Seapoint is not an issue at all. In any country when traveling solo, always be cautious of your surroundings (and if there are beggars, please just ignore them - it's the safest advice).
Enjoy your trip to our beautiful city!
Local November 13, 2019
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Its a good place to be and close to transport, the beach etc. If you like you can give me your nr and i can whatsapp you & help with any questions
Traveller November 13, 2019
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Hi Rommel. Sea Point is great. You have access to local bus and its by the beach. I say its a great location. If you like you can send me your phone number and we can connect on whatsapp. I dont mind helping you with anything
Traveller November 13, 2019
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Good Evening Rommel,
Seapoint is relatively safe area.. Depending on where in Seapoint you are based.. Have you already booked? If not.. Let me know how long and what kind of accommodation you want.. I will be able to offer a few places.
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Local November 12, 2019
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Hi,

Sea Point is great! Tons of restaurants, cafes, shops, etc...very central, close to the city center and waterfront. All along Sea Point, there is a main road with all the amenities, as well as a Promenade, along the ocean that locals use full time for walks, jogging, people and sea watching, etc...If i had to chose a spot, Sea Point would be right up there! Obviously, like any city, just be street smart...generally pretty safe! Just don't be doing stupid stuff like going for a walk alone on the beach at 3am! There is a great bus system called MyCityBus, as well as great Uber service, that pretty affordable and really safe! If you cycle, you can rent a bike too! Hope you enjoy your stay, Cape Town is beautiful!
Local November 12, 2019
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Thank you. I guess I'd go ahead find an accommodation in Sea Point than in Bree/Long/Kloof areas then.
Rommel Traveller November 14, 2019
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It's close enough to the Waterfront although it has it's own food offering. There's a bus that travels from Sea Point to the Waterfront. It's as safe as most suburbs
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Local November 12, 2019
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Sea Point is a great location. As everyone has already said, you are close to the sea and promenade, there are shops and restaurants, and you're a quick uber or bus from the city center.
I would also consider it a pretty safe place to stay, but like any city, be cautious and don't wear or flash expesive things around too openly.
If you're wanting the more viby life of the city (Note, the city can also be very quiet and chilled at times) I would also look around Kloof Street.
Local November 12, 2019
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Which part of Kloof part would you recommend? I have the impression it's quite a long street.
Rommel Traveller November 12, 2019
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Kloof too long, but I would probably look for something mid to lower kloof. The top half is a bit more suburban and a further walk down to the city center. And I would still consider Airbnb. There are so many amazing places.
Wayne Local November 12, 2019
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Hi Rommel,

Yes Sea Point is a great place to stay as a solo traveler. Location is excellent. There are lots of restaurants, it has a great vibe. It’s also very central so attractions such as V&A Waterfront, Lions Head, Table Mountain and the CBD. Like anywhere else one has to be careful and not be showy with cameras, phones etc and also walking alone very late at night. It’s relatively safe but still you have to be cautious. Follow my page on Instagram @shukatours we just did a post on Sea Point 2 days ago.

Enjoy your holiday 😊
C
Local November 12, 2019
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Hi, I wouldn’t walk alone at night. There are some shops there and restaurants that are open quite late. Airbnb/apartments are safe in Green Point (close to Cape Town stadium) with shops and restaurants; you could also try De Waterkant for apartment. Which hotel are you looking at?
Local November 12, 2019
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I'm looking at New Kings Hotel. My concern about AirBnb/apartments is that I'm on my own and I'm scared that someone could follow me back to the place and do the unthinkable. Am I being too paranoid and unreasonable? I just thought in that sense, hotel would be safer.
Rommel Traveller November 12, 2019
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New Kings Hotel is in a good location. Close to MyCiti bus stops, and supermarkets, fast food, restaurants close by. Super close to Waterfront (R30-R40 per UberX). I hope you enjoy your stay!!! Be vigilant and you will be fine. I have lived in the suburb next to Sea Point from 2009 with no issues.
Nicole Local November 13, 2019
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Hi Rommel.
Seapoint is probably the best place to stay for tourists. Very convenient. Lots of eating places. The promenade along the beach is great for a walk/run. Seapoint is generally less windy as lions head protects it from the strong winds. Has great sunsets. Is central to get to the waterfront or city centre on one end and Camps bay on the other. There is a bus service but Uber also works great in Cape Town. It is s prettry safe as it has become a wealthier area. I lived there for a while & really enjoyed it.
M
Local November 12, 2019
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Yup sea point is a residential area. That has a lot of families and cute little shops. It is also close to the promenade. It is 10 min away and a R40 Uber away from CBD Cape Town and that is where the night life is.
Local November 12, 2019
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Would you recommend against staying in CBD? I'm actually gonna be spending my birthday there and would be nice to be in a lively atmosphere. Although I've read this area can be pretty dangerous and I obviously look like an easy target. :)
Rommel Traveller November 12, 2019
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Sea Point is a great area and you'll be safe as long as you don't walk around alone late at night. There are some fabulous restaurants and winebars - my favourite restaurant being an Italian restaurant called Posticinos. Hudsons Burger Joint is also good! Cape Town is fantastic and contrary to popular belief, it can be safe as long as you use some common sense. Don't flash your camera or phone and be aware of your surroundings. Points of interest: Table Mountain, Lion's head, Greenpoint promenade, Camps Bay Beach, Signal Hill and Cape Quarter.
Local November 12, 2019
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Thank you. I will look for those places! :)
Rommel Traveller November 14, 2019
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Yes, Sea Point is a great location as it is with walking distance to the beach and great restaurants. Of course, as with all places in Cape Town be extra vigilant in the late evenings.
Local November 12, 2019
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