Our guide to the best beaches in Cape Town!
Calling all sun, sand and sea lovers…
If you’re in the market for a new beach to hang out at or visiting for the holidays and not sure where to go, be sure to check out our favourite spots in and around Cape Town.
1. DALEBROOK | KALK BAY
Dalebrook is still somewhat of a hidden gem, even amongst locals. Those that have discovered it are reluctant to share their findings and it isn’t hard to see why. This tidal pool just off Kalk Bay Main Road, opposite Dalebrook Road, isn’t technically a beach but deserves a mention for providing a safe, yet fun swimming experience for the whole family.
2. SMITSWINKEL | CAPE POINT
If you prefer a secluded beach with a touch of magic (usually only found in great pirate novels), this one’s for you!
This secret bay can only be reached by hiking 15-20 minutes down the trail from the surrounding cliffs – or by boat. These calm, clear waters are great for snorkelling as the remains of several ships that were scuttled in the bay, create an artificial coral reef where numerous underwater creatures have made their home. You can find it next to the Cape Point Nature Reserve with signs marking the trail.
3. SUNSET BEACH | MILNERTON
This romantic beach is perfect for long walks and absorbing Cape Town’s beautiful sunsets.
Melkbos and Blouberg’s lesser-known cousin, Sunset beach, is a quiet beach rated as the third-best windsurfing spot in the world, after Hawaii and New Zealand. Be sure to find it on the Blouberg strip.
4. BIKINI BEACH | GORDON’S BAY
This is a hangout for the young at heart and is popular amongst the students for its laid-back beach lifestyle. Great for surfers who enjoy the fact that the slope on this section of Gordon’s Bay drops down suddenly and sharp.
If you are looking for a thrill and a good tan, this is your best bet!
6. CLIFTON BEACH | CLIFTON
Being amongst the most beautiful four mini beaches in the world it’s no wonder these little gems, nestled under the mountain are a popular set of beaches amongst locals. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years.
So, if you are looking for a day out, a great beach and an ‘insta-worthy” location, you can consider your boxes ticked!
7. BOULDERS BEACH | SIMON’S TOWN
The perfect location for the little ones this summer, Boulders Beach boasts with a penguin colony, quiet beaches and secluded coves. Pack a picnic and plan to stay a while as this is sure to be one of their holiday highlights.
Check out the great walking trail with your busybodies and cool off in the slightly warmer waters.
8. MUIZENBERG BEACH | MUIZENBERG
Its colourful Victorian bathing boxes have been a hotspot for adverts over the decades but what about the beach?
It’s also a Blue Flag Beach; which means it gets top marks for safety, recreational facilities and eco-consciousness. That ticks every parent’s box and makes it a mecca for the little ones.
With surfing lessons, and food readily available this is the perfect all-day beach. If the beach is too busy or the waves are too strong pop over to the putt-putt course and water slides and let the fun continue!
9. BAKHOVEN BEACH | BAKHOVEN
As the name suggests it’s an intimate sun baking oven perfect for those looking to tan in peace.
The sheltered beach has kelp forests and rock pools to keep little fishermen busy! The large boulders are ideal for tanning and blue waters idyllic to cool off in. Bring your own cool-bag and sunscreen and share the Cape sun and skies with a view of her mountains from this bayside gem.
10. MELKBOS | MELKBOSSTRAND
Popular with locals for water sports, Melkbos is perfect for wind and kite surfing when wearing a wetsuit.
If you are less of a thrill seeker take a long leisurely stroll along the stretch of beach. This special spot is also home to the NSRI’s Station 18.
We are so spoilt for choice with all our beautiful beaches. Please remember to respect them and keep them clean!