Picture perfect beaches and views
Summer time in Cape Town offers you fantastic beach weather.
In Cape Town you soon realise that you are very spoiled by some of the best beaches in the world providing a selection of really spectacular beaches - some blue flag beaches. The beach sand on most of the Cape Town beaches is white and golden and soft on the foot some like powder. So whether you are strolling down the beach, relaxing on your towel or diving for a stray volleyball, the soft beach sand will cushion you.
The shape of the Cape coastline hugging the scenic mountains means that there is always a sheltered beach to enjoy - if it is windy on one side of the peninsula, you will find a beach on the other side of the coast that is wind-free. The ocean in False Bay is warmer than the ocean on the Atlantic Seaboard. Both of these oceans have many white sandy beaches which are extremely popular for sunbathing, relaxing and recreational sports.
Picture perfect beaches and views
Cape Town beaches range from secluded bays to long, open stretches of sandy beaches. From the family beaches on the False Bay coastline to the trendy Clifton beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard - you're sure to find a stretch of sand that suits your fancy.
Atlantic Seaboard Beaches
Atlantic Seaboard Bays of the Atlantic Seaboard
The beaches of Camps Bay, Clifton and Llandudno on the Atlantic Seaboard are white and sandy offering beautiful views and spectacular sunsets. Although the water is very cold, it does make for a refreshing swim on a hot summer's day.
Clifton Beach is the place to see and be seen - certainly the trendiest of all Cape Town's beaches, it is usually filled to the brim with young and old, exhibiting the fruits of the several hours spent in the gym. It is made up of 4 coves separated by granite boulders, known as 1st to 4th beach. When the summer South Easter blows, these beaches are the most sheltered. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available for daily rental. Clifton 4th is a Blue Flag beach.
Clifton's fourth beach
Camps Bay is a long sandy beach and boasts views of Lions Head, Table Mountain and the refreshing Atlantic Ocean. The beach is opposite the very popular Camps Bay promenade with top class restaurants, cocktail bars and cafés.
Camps Bay Beach
Llandudno is by far one of the most beautiful beaches and is very popular for sundowners. The houses that hug the steep road down to the beach have breathtaking views. This is a popular beach for surfers and body-boarders. The views from the beach are spectacular and the water is often a clear tropical blue that's inviting and refreshing, but rather cool.
This is a nudist beach which is located in a secluded bay just past Llandudno beach. It is enclosed by sand dunes with the mountain behind and is very well protected from most wind directions.
Southern Peninsula Beaches
Originally a small fishing village, Hout Bay is now a favourite with visitors with its traditional harbour, many restaurants and curio shops. The beach has the harbour on one end and the cliffs of Chapman's Peak on the other. This is an ideal walking beach with horse riding and is popular with kayaks, windsurfers, surfers and paddleskiers.
Hout Bay Beach
Noordhoek & Kommetjie
The scenic drive over Chapman's Peak will bring you to the long white stretch of sand at Noordhoek Beach. The beach has soft white sand to walk on and the views of the bay are spectacular. This beach is popular for horseback riding, surfing and is ideal for long walks and kite flying.
Further along is Kommetjie beach which is also popular with surfers and families.
False Bay Beaches
The False Bay coastline is generally quieter and more laid-back than the trendy Atlantic beaches. Also, the water in the bay is much warmer and the shallow waters extend quite far - resulting in safe and enjoyable swimming. Lifeguards are on duty at all major beaches.
For a very different experience, head down to Boulders Beach situated just after the naval port and picturesque village of Simons's Town. This quaint little beach is in a conservation area that is home to the African Penguin. A wooden walkway has been constructed to view the penguins in their natural habitat.
Simonstown Beach African Penguins at Boulders Beach
Fish Hoek beach is great for sunbathing and is a very pleasant swimming beach. It is a few kilometres long making it suitable for walking or jogging.
Between Fish Hoek and Muizenberg there are a few smaller beaches and tidal pools - ideal for exploring and offering safe swimming for children. These include the colourful beach huts and the large tidal pool of St James beach and the Dalebrook tidal pool.
Fish Hoek St James Tidal Pool and Beach
Muizenberg has a long sandy beach that offers plenty of space for fun and games and the facilities are good. Opposite the beach are a number of cafés, two 18 hole Miniature Golf Courses as well as a few waterslides. One part of the beach is very popular with surfers.
The popular beaches of Blaauwberg (means "Blue Mountain") offer one of the most beautiful and most photographed views of Table Mountain across the sweeping Table Bay.
Great for watching whales or kite surfers this is one of the best kite surfing areas in the world!! These beaches are very popular with sun bathing families and surfing and kite-surfing enthusiasts. Also ideal beaches for long beach walks, picnics and evening sundowners.
Kite Surfing at Blouberg Beach
A bit further along, there is Big Bay which is a pleasant little beach with two rocky points that extend out into the sea creating a small bay in which surfing, windsurfing and swimming are popular with great views of Table Mountain and especially of Robben Island. This beach is one of the international surfing competition beaches. A multi-use promenade along this beach has many trendy bars, restaurants and cafés to enjoy.
Approximately 45 minutes outside of Cape Town are the Helderberg beaches of Strand, Gordon's Bay and Bikini Beach. From this stretch of coastline there are spectacular views across False Bay with the Peninsula in the distance.
Strand beach is one of the best beaches with warmer waters than the Atlantic Ocean waters and has a long stretch of sandy beach with safe and shallow waters ideal for children.
Gordon's Bay has a very picturesque sheltered harbour and has rock pools to explore with a promenade for walks. Cafe's, restaurants and ice cream parlours are readily available along the adjacent beachside road.
On the side of the harbour there is the sandy, white Bikini Beach which is sheltered and popular for sunbathing.
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