What is the best time of year to visit Cape Town, as far as the weather is concerned? Of course, that all depends upon just what you want to see and do. You must keep in mind that because Cape Town is in the Southern Hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of those in Europe and North America. Overall, Cape Town has a Mediterranean climate. Summers are generally warm and dry, and winters are cold and wet.

If you want to spend your vacation swimming and enjoying the sunshine at such popular locations as Boulders Beach, the best time to visit the city is from October to mid-December, and from mid-January to about Easter. During these periods there is daylight until well into the evening, with an average of ten hours of sunshine a day. However, this is also the time of year that Cape Town becomes crowded with South Africans on holidays. But it is also the best time to see local festivals and events. This is the most expensive time to visit Cape Town. Make your travel and accommodation reservations well in advance.

For those who love whales, stop at Hermanus to watch them. It is a land based site place. Oudtshoorn is the world’s ostrich capital in the world. To see an ostrich race, go to cango caves. Port Elizabeth is made interesting by the fact that the political icon nelson Mandela was born here. The region also has some of the most beautiful beaches.

Hughes competed at the right whale Regional Championships, winning the short program and finishing second in the free skate. She narrowly missed the gold medal by 0.07 to Samantha Cesario, who was sixth last year at Nationals in the junior event.

Books go well with tables. In one foyer at Piper Dunes an owner placed history books on a table. These where history books of the Amelia Island Plantation. If you rent out this foyer I think it would be interesting, for your renters to sit down and read some history on the place they are lodging.

We drove in to the parking lot off Rancho Palos Drive West to a spectacular view. To the southwest Catalina Island was in clear view 20 miles across the channel. The details of its ridges were clear. A few large ships sailed past the island to the horizon and we scanned the waters below for whale sightings.

In spring and fall it is possible to get a glimpse of the highly endangered right whale. Some years large numbers make their way into Cape Cod Bay to feed on their way to and from their summer home in the Bay of Fundy. In 2008 the right whales were seen regularly from Sandy Neck Beach in Barnstable for several weeks.

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