Betty’s Bay owes its existence to three business partners who developed the Cape Whale Coast stretch from Rooi Els to Betty’s Bay. Arthur Youldon, Jack Clarence and Harold Porter formed the Hangklip Beach Estates and bought the land from entrepreneur John Walsh. Today, different Cape Whale Coast landmarks bear relation to the three developers.
- Clarence Drive is one of the most scenic coastal drives in the world,
- Harold Porter Botanical Gardens is a fynbos haven and will soon boast a biodiversity institute while
- Arthur Youldon’s daughter, Betty, is THE Betty who will always be remembered through the village named in her honour.
Before the three gentlemen arrived the only significant activity was at Stony Point where a whaling station was established in 1913. This was the operational hub for the hunting and processing of Southern Right Whales until 1930.
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