Cape Town has some of the best beaches in the world to offer, so if you’re a sand-and-sea lover be sure to take some time out to relax and soak up the sun.
We offer 8 Full Blue Flag Status beaches along our coast.
Blouberg Strand – 28 minute drive
This Beach offers an Iconic Post Card picture perfect view of Table Mountain. On windy days watch the skillful aerobatics of the Kite Surfers or take up some lessons. Enjoy the rock pools and the occasional presence of seals or dolphins. Move down to the nearby Big Bay or Tableview Beach for a change or further explore the coast. Dolphin Beach in Tableview is jam-packed with Kite-surfers in summer, while Sunset Beach is windsurfer territory
Camps Bay & Bakoven – 7 minute drive
A long sandy beach accessed directly from the road. There are Cafes, restaurants and a few small grocery stores lined along the road across the beach, making snacks and lunch easily at hand. This family orientated beach lined with palm trees and a backdrop of Lion’s Head and The Twelve Apostles. Camps Bay Clifton and Llandudno are sheltered from the South-East wind (the prevailing summer wind) and are perfect for soaking up the sun.
Clifton Beach – 8 minutes drive
Well sheltered from the wind. Clifton Beach is made up of 4 coves and the beaches are called 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th, all of the beaches are accessible via stairs leading down from the road above. Limited Parking especially in Summer, go early. Changing room and bathroom facilities. Kiosks on the beach sell snacks, colddrinks and ice-creams. Many vendors also wander the beach. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available for daily rental.
Diaz Beach – 40 minutes drive
Situated to its north-west, in the Table Mountain National Park, adjacent to Cape Point. Not accessible by road, and to get to it you’ve got to be fit enough to hike down lots of steps to get to the beach (& back up again!). The walk is well worth the reward of time spent basking on the snow-white sand surrounded by towering 200m wave-battered cliffs and ocean; the only sounds being the waves, birds & wind. Far from the madding crowd, you may very well have the whole beach to yourself except beware of the baboons which wander along the beach occasionally.
Hout Bay – 25 minutes
The beach is a very popular launching spot for sea kayaks. When the wind blows, sunbathers can shelter next to the dunes and still enjoy a spectacular view of the bay, where dolphins and whales are a common sight. A popular spot for Horse riders. Split almost down the middle by river estuaries streaming down the from Table Mountain. Chapmans Peak side is best for swimming.
Noordhoek/Long Beach – 36 minutes drive
Noordhoek Beach is a long stretch of soft white sand, walk along this beach to visit a shipwreck. derived its name from the Dutch language and means ‘north corner’. This beach is positioned below Chapman’s Peak and stretches all the way towards Kommetjie…Book a sunset beach ride at one of the stables. A hot spot for Hores Riders and Wave Riders alike. There are a variety of ‘adventure’ sports that can be enjoyed in this area such as surfing; ‘The Hoek’ is one of the best breaks in South Africa, and if you are lucky enough you may even be able to surf with dolphins in the Noordhoek waters. Good waves can be found at Hoek and Dunes.
Sandy Bay – 18 minutes drive
For an all over tan. Sheltered from wind by the Mountains surrounding the Bay.Sandy Bay’s beach is surely one of my favourites; not because of the nudity, but for its setting. The drive there is overwhelmingly beautiful, and the 20 minute walk from the parking lot to the beach is a stunner. The beach itself, littered with the boulders, is amazing. This Beautiful patch of coastline is usually uncrowded. To Get there: From the Cape Town city centre take Kloof Nek road to Camps Bay and drive towards Hout Bay. About 7km after Camps Bay, you will spot the Llundudno sign, turn right and follow the signs to Sandy Bay beach
Boulders – 50 minutes drive
Looking for a perfect day trip from Cape Town? Just outside Simons Town, Boulders Beach is just down the road on the False Bay coast, so not only is the water is a little warmer and the scenery stunning, but you’ll find an interesting wildlife relationship in action: here it’s the penguins who rule and the people who make way for their diminutive neighbours. Kids Love the local residents and the massive Boulders which gives this beach it’s name and shelters it from the wind and strong currents. Also view the colony form Foxy Beach boardwalk.
Glencairn – 8 minutes
A quaint little beach but is often overlooked as you head from Fish Hoek to Simon’s Town. The white, sandy beach is great for swimming and sunbathing without the crowds of people that flock to the more popular beaches. The water is usually a nice swimming temperature and the waves are typically quite small which makes it great for a leisurely swim. Or sit and watch the regattas sail by from Simons Town. This is a popular spot for wind surfing with the wind blowing perfectly perpendicular to the beach.
Fish Hoek Beach – 43 minutes drive
As a coastal suburb of Cape Town, Fish Hoek is popular as a residence for commuters, retired people and holidaymakers alike. The traditional industries of ‘trek‘ fishing and angling coexist with the leisure pursuits of surfing, sailing and sunbathing. The warm shallows is always inviting, and rock pools keep the children exploring and having fun.
St James Beach – 33 minutes drive
One of the smaller False Bay Beahces, but it certainly offers charm especially with its colorful Bathing Booths. A tidal pool offers warmer and a calmer sea swimming experience. The beach ie linked to Muizenburg by a 1.5m Boardwalk, good for Whale and Dolphin Watching.