4 Best Beaches in Cape Town, South Africa

best beaches in cape town

Get your towels ready, Cape Town summer is here, and it's about to go down!

The Mother City is one of the most beautiful coastal cities in the world, and it's strongest bragging point? 

The surplus of incredible, golden beaches, all easily accessible from the city within 10-30 minutes.

Here are some of the best beaches in Cape Town for catching a tan and soaking up the long, summer days in South Africa.

Best Beaches in Cape Town

Llandudno Beach

Llandudno Beach in cape town

 

Llandudno is the best beach in Cape Town if you're chasing serenity and smaller crowds. Further out from the city centre, it's more of a local treasure than a tourist hot spot.

With no shops or businesses insight, you don't need to worry about hawkers trying to sell you drinks while you tan and catch up with your latest summer beach read.

Top Tip: Uber to the beach or take your Vespa if you don't want to waste time finding parking. Spots are limited, and you can wait up to an hour waiting for another beachgoer to leave.


Clifton 1-4 Beaches

Clifton 1-4 Beaches in Cape Town

Clifton is home to a spectacular string of beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard. Gigantic boulders separate the stretches of sand, and you could spend an entire summer's day hopping from one to the other.

Out of the four beaches in Clifton, 2nd and 4th are by far the standout gems. Both offer incredible sunset views, free yoga classes and the occasional fire dancer!

The only downside is that parking fills up fast. Prepare to park further away and walk to the beach entrance. 


Camps Bay Beach

camps bay beach in cape town

In the summer months, Camps Bay Beach is the hottest spot in town. As one of the most beautiful stretches of sand in Cape Town, you might end up elbow to elbow with other sun chasers - but it's worth it.

You can spend the entire day on the beach and hop to the string of restaurants, coffee shops, and rooftop bars across the street.

Feeling hungry? Col' Cacchios delivers a mouthwatering pizza straight to your beach towel! How's that for service?

Top Tip: Uber into the beach. Parking (especially on the weekends) is hard to find.


Boulders Beach

boulders beach in cape town

It's not every day you get to share your spot on the beach with a waddle of penguins.


But that's what you can expect when you roll up to the world-famous Boulder's Beach. Only a 30-40 minute drive from the city centre, it's one of the only beaches in Cape Town that comes with an entrance fee.

Locals pay R40.00 per person, but you'll need a valid South African ID to claim your discount.

Top Tip: Check the tides! If you come at high tide, there won't be much beach left for you to sit on.


Grab Your Swim Trunks and Flippy-Floppies

I hope you enjoyed this roundup of the best beaches in Cape Town! But before you rush out of the door, don't leave home without a pair of polarising sunglasses to keep those harmful sun rays from bestowing the unwanted gift of fine lines.

If you have any more questions or suggestions for your fellow sun-worshippers - let us know in the comments!

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