Cape Town Beaches
South Africa

From: Cape Town Travel Guide

See also: Victoria And Alfred WaterfrontCompany's GardenCape Point

Cape Town Beaches, South Africa
There are many beach's in and around Cape Town that offer visitors and locals a variety of beach activities from kite surfing, swimming, windsurfing, horse riding, walking, body boarding as well as sun bathing and paddling.

From the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront heading towards Houts Bay are:

Clifton Beach is one of the most popular beaches for sunbathing and swimming due to its excellent clean water and blue flag status. If your after a huge selection of cafe's, restaurants and bars and enjoy sunbathing then head for Camps Bay.

It's worth knowing that the beach's at Llandudno, Sandy Bay and Camps Bay are often less windy than some others along the coast and make excellent beaches for swimming, sunbathing and walking.

Hout Bay to Cape Point includes beaches such as:

These are excellent for walking, surfing and body boarding, and there is also magnificent scenery and plant life along the way.

Cape Point to Helderberg includes:

These are all along the False Bay side of the Cape and are excellent for sunbathing, paddling, swimming, surfing, body boarding and walking.

It is at Boulders Bay that you will encounter the African penguin colony and an excellent beach which is great for swimming and is reasonably sheltered out of the wind. Muizenberg is another blue flag beach which also has lots of beach space, shops, mini golf and excellent surf.

Further along the coast:

Whale Watching
The months between June and August are the best time to visit if you wish to go whale watching and there are plenty of boats available that offer this service. If you do not wish to go onto the water there are plenty of places to view from the mainland especially around False Bay and if your prepared to travel around 120 kilometers then Hermanus is one of the best locations to view whales that are close to the shore.

If sea conditions are murky, the shark spotters visibility is not so good. Keep an eye out for the shark warning flag which is white with a black shark in the centre

If you wish to get really up close with sharks then visit the stretch of water known as Shark Alley near Gansbaai which is very popular with cage drivers and is around 160 kilometers east of Cape Town.