With it’s white sand, million dollar views, clean water and unbelievable African sunset, Cape Town has some of the beautiful beaches on the planet.
The city is unique in having two oceans – the warm Indian Ocean and the cold Atlantic which meet at the spectacular Cape Point.
On the western Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula, lie its most beautiful and trendy beaches. This is also unfortunately, the cold water side – though there are days when it’s swimmable.
The busiest and most glamorous beach in Cape Town is Clifton which lies between Sea Point and Camps Bay, relatively close to the city centre. With a spectacular backdrop of the mountain and some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa, this is where the jetset and celebs play.
Clifton is actually a collection of four beautiful but small inter-linked coves each with their own character, named (surprisingly) 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach. 4th beach – for the uber-cool and beautiful – is the busiest. Clifton is unforgettable for sundowners.
A bit further south is the beautiful Camps Bay. The beach is safe, clean and family friendly. It’s good for frisbee and beach games, or just hanging out. While stretch of lawn behind the beach is perfect for picnics. Also famous for it’s “strip” – Victoria Road adjacent to the beach – which is packed with lively cafes and restaurants, the perfect place for lunch, sunset cocktails or an evening meal.
Next door you’ll find the tiny Bakoven surrounded by big boulders – an amazing setting, zealously protected by territorial local residents.
Still further South is Llandudno, without doubt, the best beach in Cape Town. The white crescent shaped beach lies at the base of the steep slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain offering spectacular views in every direction. The water is clear and tropical blue. The vibe is laid back. And because it is relatively far from the city – about 20 minutes by car – and there is very little parking, Llandudno is unspoiled by tourism.
Further south you’ll find the impressive Noordhoek and Scarborough, also worth a visit.
North of the city still on the Atlantic side is Blouberg and it’s associated beaches, highly underrated and with the classic Cape Town postcard views. Also famous for wind and kite surfing.
On the warm Indian Ocean side Boulders is the must see beach. Part of a conservation area that is home to the African Penguin, it is made up of a number of coves surrounded by large boulders. Get there early and you can claim your own private beach and spend a day hanging out with the penguins. A truly memorable beach day.
Muizenberg Beach, a famous seaside resort of yesteryear, with its brightly coloured Victorian beach houses and considerably warmer water, is also worth a visit.
There are many more great beaches to choose from in Cape Town, but these should keep you busy for a few weeks. And remember to pack your suntan cream, the Cape sun is brutal.
Best Hotels in Cape Town
- Clovelly Lodge – situated in Fish Hoek, not far from Cape Town, this self-catering apartment is ideal for those traveling on a budget. Room prices starting from € 58.5/£ 49.7/$ 72.4
- Bed & Breakfast Sweet Orange – located near Two Oceans Aquarium, B&B Sweet Orange offers cheap rooms starting from €45.6/£ 38.8/$56.5
- Sweet Ocean View – located in Clifton beacc area in Cape Twon, Sweet Ocean View guestroom rates start from €45.6/£ 38.8/$56.5
Photo of Cape Peninsula beach in Cape Town, South Africa, by andre.vanrooyen.