During summer, visitors and locals alike get to enjoy the Cape Town luxury of long warm days and extended hours of sunshine. All the better to make the most of the beautiful beaches along the Atlantic Coastline – and the Mother City has plenty of those. According to Conde Naste these are some of the best places to shake out your beach towel in the vicinity of Cape Town.
Clifton 4th Beach is a Blue Flag beach and a family favourite featuring long expanses of white sand, wind-free conditions and safe, albeit chilly, bathing conditions. Games of beach volleyball and Frisbee are always on the go here amongst the sunbathers and those enjoying a beach barbecue.
Cape Town’s beautiful people love to hang out at Clifton 4th, adding even more oomph to this scenic beach with its views of yachts out at sea and Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles looming behind.
Another of Cape Town’s luxury Blue Flag beach offerings is Muizenberg, with its iconic coloured Victorian change houses. Surfers head out to Muizenberg in the early mornings to catch a break in the slightly warmer waters of this section of the sea, while those with children in tow love the waterslides, swimming pool and Putt-Putt course provided nearby.
Muizenberg also offers easy access to a number of eateries and shops in the village, making this a great place to make a day of it in the Cape Town summer sunshine.
At Boulders Beach you get to share the sands with a breeding colony of African Penguins, otherwise known as Jackass Penguins because of their braying call. This is the only place in the world where mingling with the penguins is possible, with specially constructed boardwalks allowing you to come into close quarters with these endangered birds.
While Boulders may not be the best bathing beach in Cape Town, it is certainly unique, and every visitor who sets foot here contributes to the well-being of these birds by paying a small entry fee for the privilege.
Of course these are just a few of the options available to sun-seekers in the city of Cape Town. Those who like to show some skin favour Sandy Bay with its relaxed dress code, while families and fun seekers flock to beautiful Llandudno Beach next door, and kite-surfers swear that Bloubergstrand is the best.
Try them all on a visit to Cape Town and see which one you like the most.