Cape Town’s stunning rugged coastline is studded with great beaches, but they can get very busy the moment the sun’s out. As the old saying goes – Sun’s out, guns out!
It takes about 10 minutes to drive from the city center to any of Clifton’s four beaches. Coves of idyllic beaches separated by giant boulders that protect them from the infamous ‘Cape Doctor’ which is an incredibly strong Southeaster wind. Each of the four beaches attracts a slightly different crowd though undoubtedly the most popular is Clifton 4th Beach.
Just down the road from Clifton you’ll find the curving crescent of Camps Bay and the Camps Bay strip – the best known beach on the Cape Town coast. Both locals and visitors flock to this palm-lined strip to people watch, to play beach-games, walk their dogs, catch a tan while gazing up at the dramatic peaks of the Twelve Apostles range, part of Table Mountain or grab a sunset drink and a bite to eat at the many restaurants and bars.
A quick 20 minute drive from Cape Town en route towards Hout Bay, Llandudno may be a bit off the beaten track for most, but trust us this spectacular beach is certainly a favourite among locals. A narrow road winds its way down through a very exclusive hillside neighbourhood to a soft sandy cove where you’ll find children building sandcastles, groups of friends playing beach bats and throwing Frisbee, surfers carving patterns on the waves and happy-tailed dogs bouncing about.
A wide sweep of white sand surrounded by boulders and pristine fynbos (the indigenous shrubland of the Cape), Sandy Bay is one of Cape Town’s most unspoiled beaches. Sheltered and very secluded, it is also the city’s only nudist beach, although it’s not official. More popular with men than women, but much like the other Atlantic Seaboard beaches, the water here is as chilly.