Vermont, Onrus & Sandbaai.
As one gets to the end of the R44 you get to a T-junction with the Bot River to Hermanus road the R43. You pass the fishing villages of Church Haven and Hawston , which has long been the home of abalone fishermen. Unfortunately I did not have enough time to explore these two places and went straight on to Vermont.
Basically Vermont, Onrus and Sandbaai are upmarket suburbs of the major town in the area, Hermanus. Each place has its own character and I found Vermont to be best of the three. They all have one thing in common and that is they are all situated in Walker Bay and are great places, at the right time of year, for whale spotting and viewing.
The next place you come to as you head down the R43 towards Hermanus is Onrus. Actually the tree villages are linked and it is difficult to tell where one ends and the next one starts.
At the junction of the R43 where one turns right to go down to Sandbaai there is an intriguing shopping village on the left which is well worth exploring. There are art galleries, restaurants, an interior design studio and a wine village shop where all of the local wines can be purchased .
There really is a lot to see and experience in the three villages so try and make a day of it – have breakfast, go swimming, look through the art galleries, have lunch, taste and buy a few bottles of the local wines (some of them are excellent) and just have a wonderfully relaxing day.