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Yzerfontein’s main beach stretches for kilometres north to the West Coast National Park. You won’t have to fight the crowd for a spot to plant your beach umbrella.
Yzerfontein’s main beach stretches for kilometres north to the West Coast National Park. You won’t have to fight the crowd for a spot to plant your beach umbrella.
Francois Haasbroek

When you’re in Yzerfontein, you’re tempted to sink into a beach chair under an umbrella and stay there until the schools open again. But what else can you do in this West Coast town, besides lying low?

Almost every small coastal town has experienced a boom in the past two decades. As a child, we always went to Still Bay for our December holidays and I watched it mushroom over the years, bringing traffic jams and shopping centres to the seaside.

Yzerfontein has also grown up: The old part of town clusters around the main beach, while the new, sprawling suburbs lie further away in a narrow strip along the coast. Each beach house here has a sea view and some are so new the paint is still wet.

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