Western Cape Regions
The Cape Town region has much in common with Southern California, with its Mediterranean climate, extensive coastline, rugged mountain ranges, coastal plains, inland valleys and semi-desert fringes. Cape Town city itself is at approximately the same latitude as Sydney and Buenos Aires and equivalent to Los Angeles in the northern hemisphere.
Cape Town lies on a peninsula dominated by a spectacular mountain range that separates the Atlantic and Indian Oceans and ends in Table Mountain which forms a dramatic backdrop to the City Bowl of Cape Town and the CBD. It's a paradise for filmmakers with its enormous variety of filming locations.
The Indian Ocean side of the Peninsula is dotted with quaint seaside village-type suburbs with smaller beaches. The Atlantic side has a mix of longer, pristine beaches and high end cosmopolitan suburbs, some of which are similar to Monte Carlo’s coastline. Inland suburbs range from townships with shack dwellings to high value properties to farmlands and vineyards.
The city, which dates back to the 1600s, has a huge range of architecture from various periods, culminating in ultra modern. There are also many older areas within the city limits with ill maintained, deteriorated buildings.
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Cape Town's climate is Mediterranean with dry, warm summers (October to March) and temperatures averaging from about 15.0 °C (59 °F) to 27.0 °C (80 °F). The average annual sunshine (3,100 hours) is close to that of Los Angeles (3,300 hours). Late spring and early summer often feature a strong south-easterly wind.
Winters (June to August) are moderately wet and temperatures average from about 8.5 °C (47 °F) to 18.0 °C (64 °F). Winter storms are separated by quite frequent bouts of warmth and sunshine.
Spread over quite a distance, Cape Town is serviced by a system of highways that interconnects and provides ease of access between the CBD, the northern and the southern suburbs. Metrorail operates a commuter rail service and Golden Arrow operates a bus system. Cape Town International Airport is ten minutes’ drive from the CBD.
Two kinds of taxis operate in Cape Town: metered and minibus. Minibus taxis have the right to make random stops but metered taxis are not allowed to drive around the city to solicit fares and instead must be called to a specific location.
Cape Town is one of the world’s primary tourist destinations, so there are a lot of hotels ranging from reasonably priced to luxury. The entire city and its suburbs are also dotted with an abundance of bed & breakfasts, guest houses and self-catering apartments.