Situated between the Old and the New Harbours, this residential suburb is one of the older established areas of Hermanus. There is some very valuable real estate on the seafront and affordable housing located further back from the sea. It is the sunniest of the Hermanus suburbs as it is located away from the mountain and catches both the sunrise and the sunsets. It is conveniently situated close to the centre of town, the private and public hospitals and most houses are within walking distance of the seafront and the Cliff Path.
One of the oldest hotels in town is located on Marine Drive in Westcliff and was the first sanatorium in the late 1800’s. There are now at least a dozen guest houses or B&B’s along the road and several further back into the suburb. It is a popular choice for tourists who enjoy being within walking distance of the restaurants and pubs of the town centre.
The fresh water spring that brought Hermanus Pieters to these shores with his flocks is marked by a look-out deck, rock pool and garden on the seafront on Marine Drive. The Cliff Path along Westcliff is also a favourite place for whale watching during the season as it has many easily accessible cliff top vantage points and benches that afford the whale watcher superb, land based whale watching spots. Fick’s Pool is a popular tidal pool tucked between the cliffs.