Cape Town
Western Cape, South Africa
  • Charming streets A colorful street in the Bo-Kaap section of Cape Town. By Lettkow [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons Charming streets
    A colorful street in the Bo-Kaap section of Cape Town.

Named best city in Africa in 2012 by readers of Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Cape Town, South Africa, is a pure delight. [More.] “Its cultivated side, the bright lights and big buildings of the city center, collides with its geography — the dazzle and danger of the wind-whipped mountains and the two oceans that embrace it,” according to The New York Times.

Lots to do in the area

While prices went up during the 2010 World Cup, urban renewal continues in a city with a metro area of 3.5 million where rock-climbers and hang-gliders co-exist peacefully with professors, business professionals and politicians at the country’s National Parliament.  As anyone will tell you who has visited, Cape Town is mind-boggling and thrilling.

It’s also one of the world’s most multi-cultural cities that’s long been an intersection for Europe, Asia and Africa.  With mountains plunging to the sea, Cape Town offers a Mediterranean climate with dry, warm summers and mild, somewhat wet winters.  Its biodiversity is celebrated around the world.


  • Mediterranean

Physical Environment

  • Beaches within 25 miles
  • City with at least one 50-story building
  • Mountains


  • Local professional ballet
  • Local community theatre
  • Major public college in downtown
  • Fine art museum
  • Local professional symphony
  • Ethnic restaurants
  • Active club/bar/music scene


  • Moderate


  • $$ -- Good value for your money


  • Downtown yoga studio
  • Casino gaming within 25 miles
  • Professional sports
  • Nearby surfing
  • Year-round fitness swimming center
  • Biking, hiking, running trails
  • Public golf course


  • Mixed-use, mixed-income neighborhoods
  • Safe bike corridors
  • Lots of downtown living space
  • International airport
  • Public squares
  • Vibrant public transportation system
  • Working farms within 25 miles


  • University teaching hospital
  • Community swimming pool
  • Community senior center