Betty's Bay

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Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay is located in South Africa
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
 Betty's Bay shown within South Africa
Coordinates: 34°22′S 18°54′E / 34.36°S 18.90°E / -34.36; 18.90Coordinates: 34°22′S 18°54′E / 34.36°S 18.90°E / -34.36; 18.90
Country South Africa
Province Western Cape
District Overberg
Municipality Overstrand
Established 1930
 • Total 20.99 km2 (8.10 sq mi)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 1,380
 • Density 66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 3.7%
 • Coloured 21.1%
 • Indian/Asian 0.3%
 • White 72.6%
 • Other 2.3%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • Afrikaans 60.5%
 • English 36.5%
 • Other 3.0%
PO box 7141
Area code 028
Betty's Bay coastline near the Palmiet River mouth

Betty's Bay (Afrikaans: Bettysbaai) is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. It is located 96 km from Cape Town[2] beneath the rugged Kogelberg Mountains and is on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. This village is the longest in South Africa at over 13 km.[citation needed] Tourism plays a large role in the town's economy due to the its popularity with holiday makers from across the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular.

During Colonial times Betty's Bay was a favourite place for runaway slaves, but in 1912 Betty's Bay became a formal whaling station running up until the 1930s. Remains of the whaling station can still be seen at Stony Point. The area is named after Betty Youlden, daughter of the first developer of the area.

Betty's Bay contains the well known Harold Porter National Botanical Garden as well as a Jackass Penguin colony.

Penguin Colony Betty's Bay


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Betty's Bay". Census 2011. 
  2. ^ "Betty's Bay". Retrieved 2008-06-10. 


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