Kommetjie, Cape Town
Kommetjie (pronounced "Kom-e-key") is one very laid back place, and arguably the New Age capital of the Cape Peninsula.
Kommetjie is located on the Atlantic side of the peninsula, just south of Noordhoek. It's a lovely spot with nice beaches and more shade than many of the other settlements along this coast. Its best known feature is its lovely Slangkop lighthouse which gives warning of the treacherous waters offshore.
Kommetjie has a village-like atmosphere, whose slight hippy edge rather reminds me of Byron Bay in New South Wales. It is home to Cape Town's Steiner School (an educational model that may or may not have virtue, but is undeniably out of the mainstream), which underlines the alternative lifestyle that many of the residents choose to pursue.
I believe that much of Kommetjie's charm originates from the fact that, unlike some of the other villages in this region (which largely depopulate out of the tourist season), it has a critical mass of 'permanent residents', which make it feel like a genuine community.
Kommetijie is a splendid spot to just come and wander - chances are better than even that you'll strike up conversation with some friendly local! We really enjoy our day visits, but have never stayed here. However, if you are looking to hire a holiday cottage or a house (especially for a family), then I think that this would be the ideal place, as it is beautiful, safe and offers lots to do. It is also within easy reach of the other attractions on the peninsula, and it is a pretty easy run into Cape Town itself.
Isolated by majestic mountains, Kommetjie is delightfully rural and unspoiled. Although being conveniently close to Cape Town, the atmosphere of Kommetjie, even in peak season when holiday resorts are bustling, is one of peaceful isolation.
Kommetjie is a seaside village and is well known for its Crayfish, surfing and bird-life. The Slangkop lighthouse built in 1919 is the tallest cast iron lighthouse in the country.