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Blue Skies, Blue Seas and Blue Flags

If you’re headed for Cape Town during the summer months it would be a crying shame not to visit our beautiful beaches, 8 of which have acquired ‘Blue Flag’ status for the 2013/2014 summer season. This is an international award given to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards – awarded to beaches that comply with 32 Blue Flag criteria. This takes into account water quality, environmental education and information, environmental management and safety and services.

Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay

Apparently named after the preferred beachwear of the students from the nearby University of Stellenbosch, the water and the locals are warm and welcoming.

Clifton 4th Beach

The water is cold enough to give you an instant headache, but the people are hot and glamorous enough to make up for it.

Camps Bay

White sands, gorgeous sea mixed with mountain views and beautiful people wearing beachwear that is equally as glam on the beach and sipping a cocktail on the Camps Bay strip as the sun goes down.

Muizenberg

Wetsuits, roof racks and surfboards are here in abundance, and there are plenty of restaurants in which to sit and watch the surfing talent if water sports are not on your agenda.

Mnandi Beach

This is a popular beach for local residents of Strandfontein and Khayelitsha, due to the great recreational facilities that see families enjoying both the sea and the swimming pools.

Strandfontien

Known for the biggest tidal pool in the southern Hemisphere, Strandfontein in season is always full of swimmers, picnickers and fishermen enjoying the warm False Bay water.

Llandudno

One of our most beautiful beaches, Llandudno’s sea is icy, the surfers love it while sunbathers lie on the surrounding granite boulders soaking up the warmth of the sun and later watching it disappear on the horizon with drink in hand.

Silverstroom Beach

If you’re a beachcomber, there is 3kms of uninterrupted white sand to wander along at Silverstroom which is situated between Melkbosstrand and Atlantis. There is also a tidal pool for swell-free swimming.

For a map of the beaches have a look here..


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