Traditionally known as the holiday side of town, Voëlklip was developed as a holiday-home suburb because of its proximity to the beaches of Hermanus. It was named after a large rocky outcrop that is normally covered in gulls and cormorants off Voëlklip Beach (Birds translate to voëls in Afrikaans).
From a few holiday cottages close to the beach it has grown to a bustling suburb of lock-up-and-go properties interspersed lately with residential homes and spacious guest houses. Along the seafront there are some five-star boutique hotels and a few luxury homes that have taken pride of place. The properties closest to the sea are highly valued whilst those on the mountain slopes can at least claim to have a view of the sea or lagoon.
The beaches at Mossel River mouth, Langbaai, Voëlklip and the fabulous expanse of golden sand that is the Grotto Blue Flag beach attract many sun bathers, holidaymakers and locals every summer.