Cape Town is one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations. The combination of exceptional natural beauty, fabulous dining opportunities and great nightlife, not to mention incredible value for money due to the weakness of the South African rand mean that international tourists flock to the city during both the stormy winter and balmy, Mediterranean-style summer.
It’s during summer that most of these visitors will be seen on some of the best beaches in the world – many of which are only minutes from the bustling city centre of this tourist mecca.
So if you’re planning on spending some of your vacation time in Cape Town what are the 5 beaches that should be on your relaxation radar?
Not actually one beach but rather four interlinked beaches Clifton has something for everyone. Each of the beaches has its own unique personality. With the fourth beach being where families play in the sun and the third beach the gathering spot for the toned and tanned body beautiful crowd. Pristine white sands and some of the most beautiful views in the world make Clifton a no brainer for those who love surf and sand. Beware, though – the Atlantic waters are frigid – swimming is best undertaken in short increments.
#2 Camps Bay.
Under a kilometre from Clifton is Camps Bay beach. Miles of unspoilt white sand across the road from some of the city’s best restaurants this is a great place to take in some sun. easy access, no stairs and great refreshment opportunities at summer sidewalk seating only a few steps away make this a perfect spot for family fun.
The worst kept secret in Cape Town Llandudno is about 20 kilometres from Cape Town along one of the most scenic roads in the world. It’s not the largest beach, but locals swear by it as the place to simply chill out. Parking can be limited, but if you get there early it’s not much of a walk to the sand. Great for when the notorious Cape Town Southeaster makes other beaches uncomfortable. Some excellent waves as well for those of the surfing persuasion. Take some snacks and watch the sun go down in a fiery show that’s better than anything Hollywood could dream up.
Head for the other side of the Cape Peninsula and enjoy the seclusion and easy access to Boulders Beach. The great news is that now you’re on the edge of the Indian Ocean – and it’s warm and inviting. As a bonus, you can take in the antics of the resident African Penguins.
Just before you get to Boulders you can stop off or make a day of it at Muizenberg Beach. Friendly waves are ideal for those who want to learn to surf and the beach stretches as far as the eye can see. Ideal for a long walk on golden sands. There’s more than enough space for everyone to really spread out and the kids will love the sandcastle building opportunities. Great restaurants nearby and refreshments are only a short distance away.
Cape Town has got everything that you need as far as beaches are concerned. It’s the perfect place to shrug off the tensions of modern life and just lay back and commune with Mother Nature.