The Western Cape is well-known for many things, but its true hidden gems are generally tucked away in the most unassuming of all corners, offering a slice of seaside heaven far from the madding crowd that can be found in more popular sites of the Cape.
Enter the idyllic escape of Port Owen Marina, found in Velddrif on the Cape West Coast, just 150km from Cape Town Airport. The resort of Port Owen Marina and its 41 self-catering apartments and chalets are situated a hop, skip and a jump from the peaceful marina where the salty ocean breeze and slow meanderings of seaside life will entice you to overstay your welcome time and time again.
With private access to a jetty, guests are encouraged to bring their own boats and water sport equipment. Embrace the fine weather of the Cape and discover the area. Port Owen Marina offers the most sublime setting for fishing, sailing, bird watching, long beach strolls and rowing along the private, interwoven canal network. This area of the Cape West Coast is well-known as a birding hotspot, with the river estuary and surrounding vlei making it an ideal environment, so don’t forget your binoculars.
If you need a day or two to completely relax, onsite facilities at Port Owen Marina resort include an onsite spa, outdoor swimming pool, an onsite restaurant, mini golf to keep the kids entertained as well as a games room.
Holiday highlights in and around this charming area of the Cape include a long, leisurely lunch at Die Strandloper Beach Restaurant in Langebaan – famous for its incredible postcard sunsets, the Darling wine route – blooming beautiful during the spring time months of September and October, Elandsfontein Private Reserve and the West Coast National Park for a picnic lunch and possible whale sightings.
Port Owen Marina may not be at the top of your travel bucket list, but if you are in search of a seaside holiday that will truly ‘take the edge off’, Port Owen Marina is a hidden gem with all the answers.