Overlooking the dazzling Atlantic Ocean, the Sea Point Pavillion Swimming Pool is one of Cape Town’s most prized and loved public spaces – attracting Capetonians and tourists from all walks of life. The iconic landmark, which dates back to the 1950s, uses fresh seawater, which means it’s open for business (or should that be “pleasure”?) year-round – drought or not!
From serious squad swimmers to giggling teens, young families with babies, and even golden oldies, the four pools attract all sorts – with lifeguards on duty to ensure things remain safe and above board. The Olympic-sized pool is where you’ll find the pros; the two smaller, shallow pools are perfect for kids to splash around in; and then there’s the single diving-board pool, where you can attempt to master the elusive “flying squirrel and somersault” dive.
Picnics are welcome, or bring some cash for the kiosk. And if you’re craving a delicious soft serve, a fresh juice, or some lekker slap chips, there are some food and drink stands at The Pavillion where you can purchase refreshments.
When in drought…
If, like us, you’re desperate for some relief from Cape Town’s scorching summer sun, entrance to the pool is R23 – a steal in anyone’s books. But the season ticket – R270 for the whole summer – is ridiculously good value! There is actually no reason to swim (or be) anywhere else this summer. Dive in!