So you’ve arrived in Cape Town, all pasty-white and armed with your flippy-floppies, a towel and a desperate desire to get a “bronzed god”-type tan. Now all you need is a good spot where you can get your burn on. Worry not, here’s a guide to the best beaches just for you….
Starting on the Atlantic side, you’ll find Clifton with it’s nicely segregated coves – There are four coves in total and the beaches are called 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach. The story goes that 4th beach is “Cape Town’s St Tropez”, where you are sure to find beautiful ladies in tiny bikinis and bros in boardies (not to mention the occasional speedo). On a more practical level, this is where the public toilets are located which are always handy to be near when the sea is a bit cold to pee (we know you’ve all done it!). It is also protected from the famous Cape South Easterly wind, so you will be less likely to be chasing after that umbrella you rented.
A little further down the coast you’ll find Camps Bay, which has a very Californian vibe about it, with a long palm tree-lined strip offering a host of restaurants and bars for post-beach drinks. Positioned below the spectacular Twelve Apostles, which forms part of Table Mountain, you will find this gorgeous, long white sandy beach. It’s easily accessible by public transport including the MyCity bus which is easy to get from the hostel.
Llandudno beach is a firm favorite with the locals. This beautiful stretch of beach bliss has a little something for everyone; bring your hounds to play in the waves or your board to take advantage of one of Cape Town’s best surf spots. There aren’t any restaurants or snack bars, but in high season there’ll always be a vendour wandering up and down the beach with a cooler-box offering you “water for your daughter” or an “ice-lolly to make you jolly!” Parking is a nightmare though so get there early or late in the afternoon. Public transport is available via the MyCity bus but we warn you now, the walk to and from the bus-stop is pretty long, but in our view completely worth it!
This is where the adorable African penguin colony is located and guess what? You can actually swim alongside them! But if swimming next to these comical characters isn’t for you then you can simply watch them waddle across the sand, which is enough to put a smile on anyone’s face. There is an entrance fee as it is located in the Table Mountain National Park but as a consequence the beach is very well maintained. We recommend taking a towel and a picnic to allow you to spend at least a couple of hours here. Another perk to Boulders Beach is the white sand, massive granite boulders (hence the name) and most importantly the warmer waters than the icy temperatures of Cape Town’s Atlantic Ocean beaches. This is due to the beach being on the Indian Ocean side of the Peninsula.
Noordhoek Beach is over 8 km long, and is the most unspoiled and best protected on the Atlantic Cape coast. At one end it is defined by Chapman’s peak plunging into the sea, and at the other, by the Kommetjie lighthouse. There is a much more local, countryside vibe to this beach so if you want to go to beach to show off your designer slops then this won’t be the beach for you. However if you would like to experience a stunning beach that is less crowded then you must be on your way! In order to reach this striking beach you will have to travel on the spectacular Chapman’s Peak drive, with its incredible views of the Atlantic coast. Public transport doesn’t reach this beach so it is perfect for those you have use of a car.
….. here we have it, our top 5 Cape Town beaches, ready and waiting for you guys to explore! To wash off sea water and sand, we suggest a dip in Randy’s Watering hole @ Randy Warthog Bar & Grill!
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