Beaches in Cape Town
The beaches in the Western Cape and specifically around Cape Town are sandy and generally clean. However, the water is cold even in the summer. In hot weather this is perfect to cool off, but it can take a bit of getting used to if you fancy a dip.
Also note that although shark sightings and attacks are rare, there are Great Whites in the area. The popular stretches of coast will have a lifeguard on duty and they operate a flag system to indicate if any sharks have been spotted.
This epic stretch of beach has it all – beautiful views of Table Mountain, proximity to the City Centre, streets of cafes, shops, bars and restaurants, and miles of clean sandy beach to enjoy. This section is particularly popular with kite surfers as this section of coast is exposed to the wind. Big Bay, a little further up the coast, is more suited for surfers.
Noordheok beach is stunningly white and vast. Around half an hours drive from downtown, this beach feels remote, peaceful and wild. Horse riding along this stretch of sands is a common sight and can be arranged by local tour guides. There are sand dunes and wetlands adjacent and is a real gem of the area.
Just up the hill from the beach is Monkey Valley Resort, an excellent restaurant and bar, with stunning views over the beach.
Clifton is the most central and convenient beaches for the city centre, about 10 minutes drive away. It is also in an affluent suburb and attracts a wealthier clientele. The small bay area will house a number of private yachts and the atmosphere is very pleasant – busy without being crowded and you can really relax on this beach, all the way to sunset if you remember to pack your blanket and picnic!
One bay further along from Clifton, Camps Bay sits in the shadow of Table Mountain’s ‘Apostles’ peaks. A small and cosy beach, well within reach from Cape Town. The local amenities are excellent, and cater for a sophisticated market. Plenty of restaurants along the boardwalk, and lots of fun during the weekend.
A little further out of Cape Town, situated on the south coast inside False Bay, Muizenberg is a fantastic small town and worth a trip even if you don’t want to enjoy the beach. The famous multi coloured beach huts line the white sand beach, which is popular with surfers. This is one of the busiest beaches in the area during hot summer days, especially weekends.
If you are looking for some tranquility and escape from the City Lights, then take the 90 minute drive up the west coast to the small fishing village of Yzerfontein. Table mountain is visible in the distance and you will feel free from life’s distractions. There is a small supermarket and a handful of places to eat and drink in the village. A real treat, especially if you visit in August when the wild flowers on the coastal route are in full bloom.
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