The Beaches of Cape Town

Discover some of the best surf spots and most scenic beaches in the world

Clifton beaches 1-4

Think powdery white sand and sparkling blue water and you have some of the best beaches around. Beach 1 is a great spot to escape the crowds, Beach 2 is fun for a little activity so bring your volleyball and frisbee, Beach 3 has a vibrant ambiance and Beach 4, with its blue flag status, is perfect for the family and ideal for building massive sandcastles.

Camps Bay Beach

Voted one of the top 20 beaches on earth, Camps Bay is a hotspot for celebrities, with lots of high-end shops and restaurants. The beach is great for family fun, beach sports and lazing under palm trees. Add to that the trendiest places to eat and socialize, spectacular sea view and mountain views, Camps bay is the perfect place for a day  of surfing, sunbathing, hiking or cycling.

Llandudno Beach

Wedged between Camps Bay and Hout Bay, Lladudno is without a doubt one of Cape Town’s most picturesque beaches, and is very popular for swimming, sun bathing, picnics, surfing, body boarding, beach games, and dog walkers. The water is great for swimming but can be very cold, so wet suits are recommended.

St James Beach

A lovely small, but often crowded, beach where families can splash around in the shallow rock pools, providing hours of fun. The multi-coloured wooden beach huts are great for changing, and make for a great photo spot. The shops and restaurants of Kalk Bay are just a walking distance away, making this a very popular tourist spot.

Boulders Beach

An absolute must-see, African penguins are the stars of the sands here. Boulders remains the only place in the world where one can get up close to African penguins. Viewing is made easier by boardwalks that lead visitors across the beaches as well as to an information centre, which is managed by SANParks.

Blouberg Beach

A few beaches make up Blouberg Beach, with Big Bay being the most well-known. A great spot that is very popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing due to the constant trade winds bringing a 1–3 m surf for a majority of the year. Additionally, the beach offers awesome Table Mountain viess and is well  known as an excellent spot for sundowners or families picnicking on the beach.

Muizenberg Beach

Muizenberg beach is one of the best swimming spots in Cape Town as the water is much warmer, making it ideal for swimmers and surfers. The beach comes with colourful Victorian bathing boxes, and families love it here due to the calm waters and plat open beach. This is also the ideal spot for kids eager to learn to surf.

Beta Beach at Bakoven

This little gem offers great views of Lions Head and is popular with the locals as it has a lot more sand to sun bathe on, and the coves offer more protection from the wind. Less populated and therefore far quieter in comparison, the beach here is a lot more intimate and exclusive.

Hout Bay Beach

This stunning beach located in the prestigious suburb of Hout Bay. Extremely popular with families, this is a great place to go horseback riding (before sunrise only) and enjoy lunch between swims at one of the restaurants. Beach chairs and ice cream are available from local beach vendors, and the beach is surrounded by various fast food and curio shops.

Mouille Point Beach

Wonderful for long family walks, this beach is a stunning spot for the kids to explore and play in tidal rock pools that are rich in fascinating marine life. Easy street parking, rollerblading, great views of Robben Island, gelato shops and fantastic coffee are just some of the great reasons to visit this spot.

Long Beach

This 8-kilometre stretch of pristine white sand along the Atlantic Ocean in the quaint village of Kommetjie is ideal for long walks. This is a very popular spot with families and those with dogs. Lovely for those who don’t want to be in the hustle and bustle of Cape Town. Although a bit remote, its also close to many restaurants and popular attractions like Cape Point Nature Reserve.

 

Oudekraal Beach

Oudekraal beach is tucked away in a cove between Llandudno and Bakoven and is very private and intimate. This beautiful little haven is part of Table Mountain National Park and is a wonderful destination for an afternoon spent barbecuing or kayaking. Offering beautiful sea views and calm waters the beach has lovely white sand, huge boulders and is clean and safe.

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