For self-catering accomodation in and around Cape Town and tourist information go to Rentals Cape Town .
De Waterkant / Green Point are good if you are coming to either the FIFA World Cup (Green Point Stadium) or the Cape Town Convention Centre (CTICC) its an easy 15/20 minute walk to either of them without having to organise transport or parking.
Cape Town is a cosmopolitan city oozing diversity.
If you are looking for hustle and bustle and great nightlife its best to stay near the city centre/Waterfront. Two areas that spring to mind are de Waterkant and Green Point . These two areas border one another. De Waterkant is an old part of the city with cobbled streets, olde world architecture and the wonderful super-trendy Cape Quarter with great wine bars, restuarants and a sense of sophistication. It's just a 10 minute walk into the city centre (if that!) and maybe 15 minute walk to the Waterfront (2 minutes by car). Green Point, on the other hand, is a strip of restuarants and clubs, it runs along Somerset Rd between the city centre and Sea Point. It never sleeps.
If you want to be part of the "Jet-set" - then it's Bantry Bay, Clifton or Camps Bay that you are looking for. Set on some of Cape Town's most famous beaches.
If you want to get away from it all ... then Simonstown, Constantia, Noordhoek and Kommetjie are the places to go.
Simonstown is a quaint old naval village set in the deep south of the peninsula - here you will find our dear little feathered friends the penguins. Its a good place to stay if you want a beach holiday with small children - as Boulders Beach is small, safe and well protected by huge Boulders (as its name suggests ;)). Keep away from the penguins though... they have very sharp beaks and are wonderful kleptomaniacs always trying to pilfer things to do up their nests... so hold onto your straw hats and sunglasses ;).
Constantia is the Southern Suburbs wine district of Cape Town with some exceptional vineyards at the foot of the Constantiaberg mountains - great wine-tasting and fabulous Cape Dutch architecture. Not to mention some outstanding restuarants.
Noordhoek and Kommetjie - well what can I say... Noordhoek is nestled at the foot of Chapmans Peak drive and it has a 5km stretch of pristine white sand beach. It is magnificent. Not really suitable for swimming as the water is icey and the sea can be very wild. Try visiting The Red Herring Trading Centre for lunch - the pub has stunning views across Noordhoek beach. Kommetjie is at the other end of the Noordhoek beach - a sleepy little village on the coast....it has great surf and a wonderful beach.
Don't walk at night - always catch a cab. Don't walk alone on deserted beaches.
Have a fabulous holiday in Cape Town, it truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world!
Google earth image of Green Point/De Waterkant, Green Point Stadium top left, CTICC bottom right
V & A Waterfront