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LLappiesbaai is in the scenic town of Stilbaai, along South Africa’s famously beautiful Garden Route. Lappiesbaai takes its name from an unlikely source – the practice of hanging washing out to dry on the bushes of the beach dunes. 

 

The tranquil village of Stilbaai is often referred to as the bay of sleeping beauty, as one of the peaks in the nearby Langeberg mountains resembles a sleeping woman. 

 

This Lappiesbaai beach has been granted Blue Flag status. It stretches alongside the warm Indian Ocean, where the Goukou River flows into the sea. 

 

The beach’s tranquil surroundings and whale-watching opportunities have contributed to its ever-increasing popularity, particularly over the December and Easter-holiday periods. 

 

Spend some time relaxing on the pristine sand. Take a dip in the warm water, or try your hand at fishing or scuba diving. When you’ve soaked up enough sun, enjoy a lazy seaside meal.  

 

Birders will find no shortage of birdlife to appreciate, and nature-lovers will be in their element. Beach-friendly wheelchairs are available 

 

The Stilbaai Tourism Bureau is located in a National Monument. Ask about the area’s heritage route and explore the local arts-and-crafts scene. 

 

There’s something for everyone to enjoy in Stilbaai and along the beautiful Lappiesbaai beach. Make sure you set aside at least a day to relax and unwind. 

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TTravel tips & planning info 

 

Who to contact 

 

Stilbaai Tourism Bureau 

+27 (0)28 754 2602 

 
How to get here 

 

A 3-hour drive from Cape Town, Lappiesbaai lies between Mossel Bay and Riversdale along the Western Cape coast. 

 

Best time to visit 

 

Look out for whales from June through to November. 

 

Things to do 

 

There are plenty of scenic hiking trails in the area. Enjoy the fynbos – a distinctive vegetation found only in this part of the world – and look out for rare birds and animals. 

 

What to pack 

 

Pack sun protection, beach gear, a local bird book and comfortable walking shoes. 

 

Where to stay 

 

There’s a wide range of places to stay in the area – from caravan parks to quaint guest houses and self-catering accommodation. 

 

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