Langebaan Lagoon, West Coast © Winfried Bruenken
Just 75 miles (120km) from Cape Town, for years Langebaan languished in relative obscurity, remaining an excellent retirement destination and a popular place for local fishing enthusiasts to spend the weekend. However, in recent years, picturesque Langebaan has been getting the attention it deserves and has become an extremely popular West Coast tourist destination, offering an incredible range of fun water sports and adventure activities, as well as top-class beach resort accommodation and a winning selection of restaurants and shops. The white-sand beaches surrounding the Langebaan Lagoon are more 'Caribbean' in nature than any other destination on the Atlantic coast, and the water is warm enough to swim in all year round. The most popular water sport activities in Langebaan include sailing, kayaking, kitesurfing, waterskiing and fishing, while the town's upmarket resorts also offer quintessential vacation amenities like golf courses, swimming pools and tennis courts. Langebaan is also the ornithological capital of South Africa, boasting over 300 species of birds, most of which can be viewed in the nearby West Coast National Park. Exploring the national park is a must when in Langebaan, as this is the best place to experience the unspoilt and unusual landscapes of this beautiful area.