Cape Town Beaches
Finally, the cold and wet weather has left Cape Town and the summer sun is out and about!
The glorious summer sun perfectly shows off Cape Town’s clean beaches, as well as the surfers, sunbathers and picnickers at play on them. Cape Town’s beach destinations are also prime getaway spots.
Cape Town has a spectacular and diverse selection of beaches dotted along its dual coastlines, each with their own distinct personalities and unique attractions. South Africa’s beaches made us one of the first countries outside of Europe to earn blue flag status.
At PropertyFox, we have selected some of our favourites; many of which offer the potential to buy a property along their shores.
Clifton’s beaches are regarded as being amongst some of the most beautiful in the world. It is also a popular hangout for locals and international jetsetters alike. Clifton has four beaches called, conveniently, First, Second, Third and Fourth, with Fourth having retained blue flag status for fifteen consecutive years -not least because of its picturesque turquoise water and white sands. Clifton’s beaches are Cape Town’s premier beaches, divided by granite boulders and packed with beautiful people in summer. Because of Cape Town’s extended daylight hours in summer, you can tan as late as 6.30pm, and enjoy sundowners up to as late as 8:30pm.
Travel time from Cape Town CBD: 18 minutes
Nearly adjacent to Clifton, is a long, sandy beach with palm trees and a fantastic promenade lined with trendy restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars. Palm-fringed, with platinum blonde sands to boot, Camps Bay is gorgeous, from its manicured shoreline overlooked by millionaires’ mansion, to dazzling sunsets that will remain imprinted on your Instagram forever. The beach is very popular for sundowners, and when the temperature is at its peak hot, it’s a beach paradise.
Travel time from Cape Town CBD: 15 minutes
Hout Bay is a protected harbour bay great for walks and horse riding with spectacular mountain surrounds and the distant views over the Holland Hottentots Mountains. The Chapman’s Peak side of the beach is better for sunbathing with swimming at a premium as the waves are gentle. Fish and chips shops abound, and a stroll along the pier to view the fishing boats is a treat. During season you should also manage to also spot the odd Cape Fur seal or perhaps even a whale or two.
Travel time from Cape Town CBD: 26 minutes
Right at the end of Chapman’s Peak Drive, South of Hout Bay, lies the gorgeous Noordhoek Beach. Its incredible wide expanse of sand is perfect for long walks, horse riding and is a paradise for local surfers. Views of the bay are spectacular, and the beach is lined with dunes that offer shelter from the wind. However, the beach borders on local wetlands and due to the sheer expanse means that one can find oneself rather isolated -it’s always advised to avoid swimming or walking on your own, rather go with a group.
Travel time from Cape Town CBD: 37 minutes
Table Bay beaches are unpleasant when it’s windy -which is often, but nothing beats these beaches for their view of Table Mountain and Robben Island. And when the wind abates, there are miles of sand on which to stretch your legs. Bloubergstrand is where you sit back, relax and enjoy the views, however, it’s also one of the world’s most popular kitesurfing destinations, as well as offering surfing, windsurfing and a variety of other outdoor sports. Principle to Bloubergstrand, however, will always be the amazing views across the Atlantic Ocean to Table Mountain, which stands proudly tall in the horizon.
Travel time from Cape Town CBD: 21 minutes
The summer season always brings clear skies and hot temperatures, and with Cape Town’s wide variety of beaches you cannot go wrong for fun in the sun.