A Guide To The Best Beaches In Cape Town

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Cape Town has over 70 beaches to explore and we’re here to tell you which ones are worth visiting on your next trip to the Mother City.


Clifton is perhaps Cape Town’s favourite beach among locals and tourists alike! The collection of 4 beaches is bustling on a sunny day, and each beach has its own vibe. First Beach is usually a little quieter and attracts dog-owners (off-leash friendly!) and body boarders. Second Beach has a great volleyball scene, while Third Beach is Clifton’s gay beach. The beach is often less crowded but has a great vibe and is open to everyone. And Fourth Beach is the main attraction – popular amongst teens, students, and families, this Blue Flag beach has a massive stretch of white sand and great views of Lion’s Head.

Camps Bay

Camps Bay is a lovely wide and long stretch of beach around the corner from Clifton, and has an amazing seafront road of cafes, bars, and restaurants that are worth the hype! Another Blue Flag beach, Camps Bay offers a bit more protection from the famous Cape Town wind and has amazing views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range and Lion’s Head.

Beta Beach at Bakoven

If you are looking for a quieter alternative to Camps Bay and Clifton, Bakoven is a great option. The ocean here is less unruly but still has the characteristic Atlantic chill of Cape Town beaches. This is a great place for watching the sunset and taking pictures at golden hour, and also has a stunning view of Lion’s Head.


If you’ve looked into Cape Town beaches, you’ve probably seen the characteristic colourful beach huts of Muizenberg beach. This beach is very popular amongst surfers and there are multiple surf schools and equipment hiring companies. It’s also a great beach for families as parts of the beach are monitored by lifeguards during the summer months.

Boulders Beach

If you are looking to swim with the penguins, this is the beach to go to! Boulders Beach is famous for its colony of African penguins, which attracts tourists and locals alike. The beach also has many rock pools to explore and those brave enough to traverse the False Bay water will find a slightly warmer alternative to the more exposed sections of the cape’s coastline.


Blouberg’s beachfront stretches for over 4 kilometres and has a breath-taking view of Table Mountain no matter where on the beach you land. The area is very popular amongst kite surfers, with international competitions often taking place here at one of the top kitesurfing spots in the world. Blouberg is also ideal for anyone who likes their long, peaceful walks on the beach.

If you are looking for further recommendations, please ask our friendly team who are sure to have their own favourite bit of coastline. Don’t forget to tag us on socials on your beach posts – we love to see what you get up to while staying with us!

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