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Top Beaches in Cape Town

A Selection of the best beaches in and around The Mother City.

Last Updated: 14 November 2016

The cold, wet winter has left Cape Town, and the summer season has arrived. The glorious summer sun illuminates our white sand beaches, and the surfers, sunbathers and picnickers that play there. Cape Town never fails to show off her glorious splendour to all the locals and visitors. The summer season always brings with it clear skies and hot temperatures. We have compiled a few great beaches that you can visit with family and friends, where you can cool off whilst enjoying some sun.

Clifton Beaches
The four Clifton beaches in Cape Town are regarded as being amongst the most beautiful in the world. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years. During South Africa’s summer months, the four Clifton beaches in Cape Town attract sun-lovers from all corners of the globe. It is the ideal location for sunbathing, beach sports, people-watching and relaxing. From these beautiful beaches, patrons can gaze out across the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean and up to the majestic mountain peaks such as Lions Head and the 12 Apostles that tower above Camps Bay. Because of Cape Town’s extended daylight hours in summer, you can tan as late as 6.30pm, while it only gets dark much later.

Next to Bantry Bay | Victoria Road

Boulders Beach
At Boulders beach, just outside Cape Town, you can get to know our most famous (and arguably our cutest) birds…the African Penguin. Boulders beach remains the only place in the world where one can get up close to the African Penguins. Penguin viewing is made easy by boardwalks that lead visitors across the beaches as well as to an information centre, which is managed by SANParks.

Seaforth Road | Simons Town | Cape Town

Muizenberg Beach
Muizenberg beach is the ultimate family beach, with its colourful Victorian bathing boxes adding bold hues to the dramatic landscape that has been engraved into the minds of beach-going South Africans for decades. It’s also a Blue Flag Beach; which means it gets top marks for safety, recreational facilities and eco-consciousness.

Beach Road | Muizenberg | Cape Town

Camps Bay Beach
Palm-fringed, with platinum blonde sands (and bathers to match), Camps Bay beach is where the well-to-do and the famous congregate to see, and be seen. This Cape Town beach is all about being gorgeous, from its manicured shoreline overlooked by millionaires’ mansion, to dazzling sunsets and minimalist swimwear. If hours of sun and thong watching have raised your temperature, cool off in the natural tidal pool, or head for one of the stylish sundowner venues overlooking the bay.

Victoria Road | Camps Bay | Cape Town

Bikini Beach
Bikini beach in Gordon’s Bay is a great beach hangout for those who are young at heart. With the gracious Hottentots-Holland Mountains in the background, this False Bay beach is popular amongst the students from the nearby Stellenbosch University and visitors who enjoy a laid-back beach lifestyle. Surfers enjoy the fact that the slope on this section of Gordon’s Bay drops down suddenly and sharp.

Gordon's Bay Central | Cape Town 

Hawston Beach
Hawston beach is an immaculate Blue Flag beach destination that combines a range of natural attractions in the mix. Here you will find a white stretch of beach, scenic mountains, a wide range of bird-life and whales and dolphins thrown in for good measure. This Western Cape Blue Flag beach is worth taking a look at, if not for its swimming possibilities (which happen to be some of the safest on this coastline), then just for its views of sweeping mountains and ocean. Between July and December its southern right whale season and watching boat trips navigate out of Hermanus, making their way to Hawston, for some close encounters with the ocean’s largest mammals.

Hermanus | Cape Overberg | Western Cape

Grotto Beach
Grotto beach in Hermanus is one of two designated Blue Flag beaches in Walker Bay. Grotto’s pristine coastline and first-class amenities make it a popular destination amongst the ‘bucket-and-spade brigade’, sun seekers, and those who long for barefoot walks along the beach to calm the mind and revive the soul. This beach stretches for over two kilometres from Voëlklip to the mouth of the Kleinrivier lagoon, with the Walker Bay Nature Reserve on its north-eastern flank.

Grotto Street | Hermanus

Plettenberg Bay
Plettenberg Bay is a top-class destination for nature-lovers, adventurers and beachgoers. Whether you are after a seaside holiday, a wilderness experience in pure natural surrounds, or adrenaline-packed adventures, you will find all these and more in “Plett”.

N2 Route | Keurboomsriver | Plettenberg Bay

Bloubergstrand
Bloubergstrand is one of the best beaches in the Western Cape when it comes to activities. Situated 20 minutes’ drive from Cape Town, Bloubergstrand is one of the world’s most popular kitesurfing destinations, also offering surfing, windsurfing and a variety of other outdoor sports. There are, of course, many other great reasons, besides watersports, to visit Bloubergstrand, such as the amazing views across the Atlantic Ocean to Table Mountain, which stands proudly tall in the horizon.

53 Stadler Road | Bloubergstrand | Cape Town

Lappiesbaai
Lappiesbaai, in the scenic town of Stilbaai- along the Garden Route, is a relaxed beach hideaway, which is also known as ‘The Bay of Rags’. This Blue Flag destination is renowned for mild weather and a range of recreational facilities. Lappiesbaai is a family-orientated beach destination which is home to a wide array of bird-life and excellent fishing areas. A special beach-friendly wheelchair is available to allow visitors with physical challenges to enter the sea in safety. For nature-lovers, the bird-life is pretty prolific in the region.

Main Road East | Main Beach | Still Bay

By Garth Prins

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