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Off-The-Radar Beaches: Rocky Coves, Hidden Hamlets, Isolated Enclaves

17 idyllic sandy stretches for families, surfers, trendsetters, people watching and isolation

Last Updated: 5 November 2019

The Western Cape has kilometres of coastline, which means you can find pretty much any kind of beach you’re in the mood for, from popular and family-friendly to romantic and remote-as-a-desert-island. Here’s a list of beaches that will suit every kind of mood (and one of them is not even on the coast).

OUR MOST SECRET BEACH (BUT NO SWIMMING ALLOWED)
This beach is on top of Table Mountain, and you reach it after about four hours of strenuous hiking up Skeleton Gorge. The beach is at the far end of the Hely-Hutchinson Dam, which holds nearly a billion litres of water. You can dig your feet in the sand but you’re not allowed to swim and face a fine of R500-plus if caught. The main Skeleton Gorge hiking route starts in Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens (up

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