Langebaan (120km from Cape Town) has unfortunately succumbed to the lure of rampant development – in fact, on our last visit we got the distinct impression from several locals that they would love to have their town back from the invading land speculators. Love it or hate it, Langebaan has become a popular holiday town offering all things resort: mediocre B&Bs, boat trips, greasy take-aways, screaming kids, Croc-bedecked ice-cream lickers, putt-putt and supertubes. However, move away from the maddening throngs and you'll experience another side. If wind-borne watersport is your passion, Langebaan is aqua manna: the lovely lagoon is within easy reach of Cape Town and the conditions for wind- and kite-surfing near ideal. Likewise, the nearby West Coast National Park offers a taste of an incredible natural diversity contained within what seems to be an arid landscape.