Our flight along the coast to Swakopmund (see this post) was beautiful. We landed mid-morning which gave us a chance to find a place for lunch and explore town a bit.
Swakopmund is a small beachside town that centers around tourism. Town is a mixture of old German colonial-era buildings along with many modern day styles. The main center of town was around 5 square blocks and easily walkable. There were plenty of shops, cafes, and other sites. This was the type of town we could see ourselves living in. We had lunch at a small cafe - sandwiches and beers for under $10. We bought some groceries and windowshopped the craft stores before heading back to our hotel: The Swakopmund Hotel and Entertainment Center/Casino. The hotel was the old train station built in 1901. The room was a standard hotel room but we lucked out and got one of the few balcony rooms.
We walked to town for dinner and decided on a pizzeria. Their pie sizes were in metric which meant we had no idea how big they were so we ordered two. We easily could have split one. They were fantastic. Two pies, two big beers and tip cost us about $27 USD. After dinner we visited the hotel casino and played some slots. We decided we'd tolerate losing $200ND each, or about $14 U.S. Holly didn't fair so well, but early on Dave hit big on a bonus game rings. Our net profits were $60 U.S.
We had a relatively early evening since we had an all-day excursion planned the next day in Walvis Bay.