Beaches in Cape Town

Beaches In Cape Town, South Africa

Beaches In Cape Town, South Africa: Cape Town (Mother City) has a colorful history and together with the combination of mountains and beaches makes it one of the most attractive cities in the world.

Cape Town (in Afrikaans Kaapstad), situated at the south-western tip of the African continent, is for many people one of the world’s most beautiful cities, thanks mainly to its magnificent setting against the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain.

Approximately a week should be allowed for exploring the beaches in Cape Town and its southern peninsula.

Beaches In Cape Town

Cape Town has much else to offer: there are a number of first-class sights in the city itself and its immediate surroundings, and the beaches on the Cape Peninsula and in False Bay are among the most beautiful in South Africa.

1. Clifton Beach
2. Camps Bay Beach
3. Llandudno Beach
4. Sandy Beach
5. Sea Point Beach
6. Bloubergstrand Beach
7. Noordhoek Beach
8. Kommetjie Beach
9. Strandfontein Beach
10. False Bay Coast Beach
11. Southern Peninsula Beach
12. Muizenberg Beach
13. St James Beach
14. Kalk Bay Beach
15. Clovelly Beach
16. Fish Hoek Beach
17. Sunny Cove Beach
18. Glencairn Beach
19. Simon’s Town Beach
20. Boulders Beach
21. The Strand Beach
22. Gordon’s Bay Beach

Clifton Beach

Known as South Africa’s Cote D’Azur with four beaches interlinked by giant granite boulders.

The most popular is 4th Beach where many summer activities take place: volleyball, sandcastle competitions and even concerts.

Clifton Beach, Cape Town
Clifton Beach, Cape Town

The beach is sheltered from the region’s south-easter, also known as the Cape Doctor because it is said to “blow away all ills and ailments”, but the waters are too cold for most leisure swimmers, who prefer to frolic in the shallows.

Yachts, speedboats, and jet skis favor the calm waters of the bay.

Camps Bay Beach

A long, white, sandy beach along which palm trees are dotted.

Again – on this side of the Peninsula, the cold waters are a deterrent for swimmers, but the beach is always packed, so get there early.

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town
Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town

The area is a favorite with locals and visitors alike and probably has more sidewalk cafés, restaurants, coffee shops, and watering holes than anywhere else.

Llandudno Beach

A small romantic beach is hidden from full view by an enclave of rocks.

Llandudno Beach, Cape Town
Llandudno Beach, Cape Town

As with almost everywhere else in the region, sunsets are spectacular.

Sandy Beach


Sandy Beach, Cape Town
Sandy Beach, Cape Town

Adjacent to Llandudno is Sandy Beach, this beach is embraced by steep sand dunes and bushy mountain slopes. This beach is suitable for adults.

Sea Point Beaches

The hub of activity along the Atlantic Seaboard.

Sea Point Beach, Cape Town
Sea Point Beach, Cape Town

Long beaches and lots of entertainment for both young and old along the promenade.

There are several other charming beaches dotted along the coast.

Bloubergstrand Beach

Probably the beach most used for photographing Table Mountain, the Waterfront, and Table Bay.

Bloubergstrand Beach, Cape Town
Bloubergstrand Beach, Cape Town

The beach is best known for playing host to major national and international windsurfing competitions.

Noordhoek Beach

This long stretch of pristine beach, six kilometers, in fact, lies at the foot of Chapman’s Peak drive that offers breathtaking views.

Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town
Noordhoek Beach, Cape Town

As you drive along to Hout Bay, from where you can link up again with Llandudno, Clifton, Sea Point, V&A Waterfront, and Cape Town.

Kommetjie Beach

In the opposite direction, Noordhoek’s Long Beach links up with Kommetjie beach.

Kommetjie Beach, Cape Town
Kommetjie Beach, Cape Town

This is one of the favorite beaches for horse riding and the area has several smallholdings with stables and riding schools.

Once past Cape Point, you do an almost circular drive back to Kommetjie with its endless beaches, before linking up again with Noordhoek or turning off to Fish Hoek.

Strandfontein, False Bay Coast, and Southern Peninsula Beaches

The area is practically one long line of beaches.

Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town
Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Not all are suitable for swimming, but rather fishing and surfing.

Kalk Bay Beach, Cape Town
Kalk Bay Beach, Cape Town

Favorite swimming beaches are Muizenberg, St James, Kalk Bay, Clovelly, Fish Hoek, Sunnycove, Glencairn, and Simon’sTown, where the well-known Jackass penguin colony can be found on Boulders Beach, situated along the famous “Bridal Walk”.

St James Beach, Cape Town
St James Beach, Cape Town

This scenically majestic route continues on to Cape Point and the nature reserve.

The Strand Beaches

This region is called the Helderberg and falls under the City of Cape Town.

The Strand Beach, Cape Town
The Strand Beach, Cape Town

The Strand is a long stretch of beach favored by locals and other visitors from around the country.

Just 15 minutes drive from Stellenbosch and the Winelands, along the coast you’ll get to this beach.

It can be very windy, though, so some prefer Gordon’s Bay and more particularly its Blue Flag nominated Bikini Beach.

Gordon’s Bay Beach

Is a quaint seaside town and a much sought-after tourist destination.

Gordon's Bay Beach, Cape Town
Gordon’s Bay Beach, Cape Town
Table View Beach, Cape Town
Table View Beach, Cape Town

Other Cape Town beaches joining the hunt for international Blue Flag status are:
Clifton’s Fourth and Second Beach, Muizenberg, Surfer’s Corner (Muizenberg), Seaforth (Simon’sTown), Fish Hoek, Strand, Melkbaai, Gordon’s Bay, Camps Bay, Strandfontein, Table View, and Big Bay.


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