Arniston (Waenhuiskrans) is a picturesque village in a dramatic, windswept setting. It has a bit of an identity crisis – it’s named after both the vessel wrecked off its treacherous coast in 1815 and the sea cave large enough to turn an ox-wagon (Waenhuiskrans means ‘wagon house cliff’); not that a wagon could have got inside the cave as the small entrance is, as the name suggests, down a cliff.
Colourful boats, warm blue-green waters and the backdrop of Kassiesbaai, the 200-year-old hamlet of whitewashed cottages that forms the core of the town, make a very pretty picture. South of Kassiesbaai is Roman Beach with white sand and gentle waves. It’s a good place to bring the children as there are caves, coves and rock pools filled with sea urchins and colourful anemones at both ends. Be careful not to touch the sea urchins, because they can cause nasty cuts.