Beaches of the Western Cape

Beaches of the Western Cape

Cape Town's newest and most fashionable location is its 'gold' sand coast, fondly known as Millionaire's row. This ranges from the cosmopolitan Sea Point, through Clifton and Camps Bay to Llandudno and Hout Bay. These locations enjoy more protection and longer sunshine than the False Bay Coast, and have grown in popularity - and price. Stretching away from Table Bay Harbour, the Atlantic seafront features virgin beaches along undeveloped frontages to the north, and densely populated beaches to the south.

The western coastline is characterized by rocky outcrops and beautiful beaches. This is where the more fashionable set go to see and be seen, particularly along the Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s "Riviera", which stretches from the V&A Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain up as far as Hout Bay and is connected by one of the most picturesque, scenic drives along Victoria Road.

The majority of the beaches in the Western Cape are in close proximity to the Mother City of South Africa, and visitors to the city can enjoy day excursions to most of them. Beaches in and around Cape Town, include Camps Bay, Muizenberg, Clifton Beach, Sea Point, Hout Bay, Noordhoek and Bloubergs Big Bay. Just outside of Cape Town, visitors can visit breathtaking stretches of coastline such as Gordons Bay, Kammabaai, Strand and Grotto Beach. The beaches of the Western Cape are magnificent, each with its own unique features and attractions, and each one worth exploring.

Strand is in the Western Cape province of South Africa, and has a population of approximately 50 000. Strand's main attraction is the beach; five kilometers of white sandy beach lapped by the waters of False Bay. Bantamsklip is a rocky stretch of coast approximately 7 km SE of Pearly Beach in the Overberg district of the Western Cape province of South Africa. The site is 23 km south east of the town of Gansbaai. The West Coast includes Bloubergstrand, Milnerton, Tableview, and West Beach. Many tourists also visit Cape Town's beaches, which are popular with local residents. Due to the city's unique geography, it is possible to visit several different beaches in the same day, each with a different setting and atmosphere. Cape town is none world wide for its beaches. They are the most beautiful beaches in the world.


Clifton is South Africa's Cote D'Azur. The four beaches are inter-linked by giant granite boulders and trendy 4th beach is the busiest, with beautiful people playing volleyball, frisbee, strolling or sunbathing. It is wonderfully sheltered from the summer south-east wind, but not many people actually brave the icy water. Yachts, speed boats and jet skis come and play in the bay and it has the atmosphere, if not the warm water, of a Mediterranean resort.

Camps Bay

Like many of the Cape's beaches, Camps Bay is best in the morning, as the south easter tends to build up in the afternoon. The beach here is long, white and sandy with swaying palm trees lining the avenue, giving it a real ‘South of France’ feel. Although the beach gets very busy on a hot summer’s day, the sea is a bit too cold to enjoy for longer than a couple of minutes. There are so many cafes and restaurants with tables spilling onto the street, that it is almost impossible not to be tempted to stop for lunch or a sundowner cocktail. Behind this trendy promenade sit the rocky peaks of the Twelve Apostle mountains on whose slopes are charming hotels and guest houses with wonderful views and stunning sunsets.


From the beach, one of the best and most frequently photographed views of Table Mountain can be seen. Major national and international windsurfing competitions are held at Bloubergstrand.
table mountain beach


Llandudno is a small, romantic beach, hidden away in an enclave of rocks and blessed with magnificent sunsets. Boulders offer shelter from the southeasterly wind. Llandudno is also the entry point for the walk to Sandy Bay, well-known as an unofficial nudist beach. It is backed by steep dunes and bushy mountain slopes, but poorly protected from the southeasterly wind, and lacking access roads, shops and facilities.


6 kilometres of unspoiled beach with snow white sand, Long Beach is only accessible by foot or horseback. Stretching from the foot of Chapmans Peak to Kommetjie it offers brilliant beach walks, and excellent surf. For those looking for an uncrowded beach in summer near Cape Town, this is the answer. Local stables offer horse riding on the beach.

False Bay Coast and Southern Peninsula

The False Bay coastline ranges from Muizenberg through Kalk Bay and to Simonstown, along the site of a major British naval base. This coast was Cape Town's first fashionable bathing area, particularly because the water here is 5-7 degrees warmer than on the Atlantic Coast. There are several magnificent beaches in the area, such as St James with its brightly coloured bathing booths and tidal pool, Fish Hoek and Boulders Beach just beyond Simonstown.

Fish Hoek

The waves off the broad beaches of this charming residential and holiday resort are much frequented by bathers and catamaran sailors. Some hardy swimmers even venture into the sea in midwinter. Read more: Fish Hoek along the False Bay coast

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is a pay-for entry, protected beach adjoining a sanctuary for the jackass penguin. Bathers and penguins frolic together, though certain areas are cordoned off for the penguins alone. The high boulders and still waters make this a perfect spot for children.


The west end of Muizenberg beach attracts surfers; bathers gambol in the waves in the middle, and fishermen keep to the quieter stretches in the east. The beach front has every facility, including a pavilion, an amusement park and a miniature golf course. On the outskirts, Rhodes Cottage where Cecil John Rhodes died in 1902, has been converted into a museum where many of his possessions are on display.

Gordon's Bay

Gordon's Bay is home to the well-sheltered Bikini beach, and Main Beach is a popular water sport venue. A footpath and road link the two beaches, both within walking distance of several hotels, restaurants and bars.
camps bay beach

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