Betty's Bay

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Betty's Bay

Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay is located in Western Cape
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay is located in South Africa
Betty's Bay
Betty's Bay
Coordinates: 34°21′47″S 18°53′06″E / 34.363°S 18.885°E / -34.363; 18.885Coordinates: 34°21′47″S 18°53′06″E / 34.363°S 18.885°E / -34.363; 18.885
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceWestern Cape
 • Total20.99 km2 (8.10 sq mi)
 • Total1,381
 • Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)
 • Black African3.7%
 • Coloured21.1%
 • Indian/Asian0.3%
 • White72.6%
 • Other2.3%
First languages (2011)
 • Afrikaans60.5%
 • English36.5%
 • Other3.0%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
PO box
Area code028
Betty's Bay coastline near the Palmiet River mouth

Betty's Bay is a small holiday town situated on the Overberg coast of South Africa's Western Cape province. It is located 100 km from Cape Town beneath the Kogelberg Mountains on the scenic R44 ocean drive between Pringle Bay and Kleinmond. This village stretches over 13 km along the coast. Tourism plays a large role in the town's economy due to its popularity with holiday makers from across the Western Cape and Cape Town in particular.

During colonial times Betty's Bay was allegedly a favourite place for runaway slaves,[citation needed] and 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.[2]

Bettys Bay is named after Betty Youlden, daughter of the first developer of the area Arthur Youlden.[3]

Betty's Bay contains the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden as well as an African penguin colony in the Betty's Bay Marine Protected Area, which is one of the two biggest Penguin colonies in the area of the Western Cape.

Penguin Colony Betty's Bay


  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Betty's Bay". Census 2011.
  2. ^ "History of Betty's Bay". xplorio. Retrieved 30 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Betty's Bay". Overberg Living. Retrieved 30 December 2015.