Mini Guide to South Africa

Main Cities and Towns

Cape Town

Cape Town is the legislative capital of South Africa, being home to the Houses of Parliament, and also the second largest city in the country. The city is named after the nearby Cape of Good Hope (a peninsula) and has plenty to offer for all ages and tastes.

Visitors can go to Bo-Kaap, a colorful neighborhood in the mountains, explore the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, take a cable car to the Table Mountain, or for the daring ones, experience shark cage diving with the great whites.

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Jeffrey’s Bay

Sometimes dubbed the world’s surfing Mecca, Jeffrey’s Bay became famous after appearing in the 1966 movie Endless Summer. Visitors can visit the surf museum or nearby St. Francis Bay town, but the main attraction is the stunning beaches. If you just want to sunbathe, head to Dolphin Beach or Kabeljous-on-Sea, but if you’re looking for the best waves, your best bet is Super Tubes, Boneyards, or Albatross.

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The Best Flower Displays in the World

Flowers are one of the most beautiful objects in nature — their bright faces remind us of sunshine and warm weather, and their perfume can help us recall specific memories that all our other senses have forgotten. While many of us strive to make our home the perfect outdoor oasis, others focus on spectacular displays of flowers that can only be found in a small number of places. We’ve scoured the globe for some of the most beautiful flower displays open to the public. If you’re a fan of beautiful flowers both cultivated and wild, check this list out.

Lights Out: Abandoned American Drive-Ins

The first drive-in movie theater was opened in the United States in 1915. This innovation marked yet another step in the American entertainment industry. For the first time ever, families could see a movie together without having to get out of their car. Although for a time, drive-in movie theaters were popular all over the United States, with almost a thousand open during their heyday in the 1950s and 60s, the rise of the luxurious multiplex drove most American drive-ins out of business.

The Best Coffee Roasters in the USA

While it’s true that most coffee beans come from farms in Africa and South America, there are plenty of American coffee roasters who are doing amazing things with these beans and turning them into unique products with a little time, patience, and heat. Today, we’re going to explore the best coffee roasteries in the United States, and how you can find their beans. If you’re a coffee fan, make sure to keep this list handy when you’re planning your next vacation as a bag of freshly-roasted coffee is a great souvenir.