With Valentines Day just a few days away, it’s an inescapable fact that love is in the air. Over the years, Cape Point has earned a reputation as being one of the most romantic places to visit with, and even propose to, your loved ones.
If you’re looking to do the same and ask the question at a truly memorable location, here are our top choices for places to propose this February.
On the beach
Go easy on the knee and propose on the soft sand of the Cape Point beaches. There are a number of pristine beaches throughout the reserve, from the isolated and deserted, to the more popular and visible. If you’re looking for an audience, then Diaz Beach is perfectly accessible, and the nearby pathways and stairs make for a great vantage point for your mates to cheer you on from above. If you’re looking for something more secluded, any one of the beaches leading off the main road are ideal – pick a spot and walk along the salt white sand, far away from any civilisation, until you’ve built up enough courage.
At the old lighthouse
If you’re looking for applause and a few damp eyes from inquisitive onlookers, then head for the top and ask the question alongside the iconic black and white old lighthouse. The views are dramatic and will never be forgotten, and you will have the support and encouragement of the many tourists that make the trek to the top. It’s not a private location, but it will certainly make for an incredible annual pilgrimage each year as you return to remember the occasion.
Towards the new lighthouse
There’s an amazing trail that leads from behind the Upper Funicular Station towards the new, and full operational, Cape Point lighthouse. It’s an exciting walk with dramatic drop-offs to the rough ocean below, with more than enough viewpoints to subtly lure your partner towards. The further you walk from the starting point of the trail the more secluded it will become, and the view back towards the old lighthouse standing high above will be one to remember.
Say it with food
If you’re a fan of the classic restaurant proposals, then nothing will beat a seat on the balcony at the Two Oceans Restaurant. The views are amazing, and if you drop a quiet hint to the friendly staff, they’ll go out of their way to make sure everything runs as smoothly as possible. The restaurant books up quickly, particularly on sunny days and during the peak season from November to March, so if you want a guaranteed spot, phone ahead and request a table with a view. The diverse menu will offer a fine-dining experience to wind down the afternoon, and the selection of sparkling wines will be the perfect way to celebrate the years to come.
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