Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Atlantic Seaboard Beaches
This is where the more fashionable set go to see and be seen. The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as Cape Town’s "Riviera" 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.
Mouille Point, Sea Point and Three Anchor Bay don’t have much beach to speak of - they’re more ocean front than beach. However, Saunders Rock at Sea Point has a little tidal pool and Three Anchor Bay has a tiny, little beach from which many sea kayakers embark. It's the promenade that draws people here. This walkway is right near the sea and is a haunt of joggers, walkers, dog walkers and families.
Clifton is an extremely popular hangout for locals and international jet setters - you’re here to be seen and to share space with the latest designer costumes and sunglasses. Clifton has four beaches called 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach and has blue flag status, not least because of the turquoise water and white sands. These beaches are Cape Town’s premier beaches, divided by granite boulders and packed with beautiful people in summer.
Camps Bay just up the road from Clifton, is a long, sandy beach with palm trees and a fantastic promenade lined with trendy restaurants, cafes and cocktail bars. Here Cape Town's fashionable set mingle with visitors to the city against one of the most beautiful backdrops of Lion’s Head and the 12 Apostles. The beach is very popular for sundowners and in hot weather it’s a beach paradise.
From Camps Bay you can walk to Glen Beach - a small beach set in a little enclave and great for surfing - and Maiden’s Cove, which is very much a family beach just in front of the Glen Country Club. Bakoven Beach gets a mention because of its natural beauty - big boulders, white sands and a gorgeous setting. But it’s smallish and zealously protected by territorial local residents.
Llandudno, set in an exclusive neighbourhood, is one of the most photogenic beaches in Cape Town and definitely one of the most beautiful. If you’re not a strong swimmer then settle for a dip as the currents are strong but great for surfers and sunsets here are notorious. Parking can be a bit of a headache but this does mean it doesn’t get too crowded.
Sandy Bay, a bit of a clamber across the boulders from Llandudno or a walk from the car park, is enclosed by sand dunes and well protected from the wind. It’s Cape Town’s nudist beach and not as busy as the other beaches, possibly because of the walk. But you can escape the crowds here and don’t have to be naked in order to experience the beach.
Hout Bay is a protected harbour bay great for walks and horse riding with spectacular mountain surrounds and views over the Holland Hottentots Mountains in the distance. The Chapman’s Peak side of the beach is better for sunbathing and swimming is good here as the waves are gentle. Fish and chips are the order of the day and a stroll along the pier to view the fishing boats is a treat, particularly if you can spot the odd Cape Fur seal or whale, during season.
Featured Atlantic Seaboard Beaches
Bakoven is an intimate sun baking oven hidden between Camps Bay and Llandudno. A small residential community with the privilege of bay windows built on the sand share this little rocky retreat with quiet beach folk. Contrasting to Camps...
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Camps Bay Beach
Where? Camps Bay
Camps Bay Beach is the camp ground of sun tanners and sundowners capturing a clear ocean between Lions Head and Table Mountain. Cafes, bars and restaurants stand mountain side of the beach drive while sand, palm trees and gleaming water falls...
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Hiding from the visibility of the coastal road and vicinity of the wind, Clifton is a secluded collection of four beaches naturally divided by boulders and rocks. Taking a stroll across all beaches is easily accomplished despite natures...
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Where? Hout Bay
The beach is a collection of shallow open reefs and high impact zones with sheer wave faces of 15-25 ft. At the base of the Sentinel Mountain cliffs this danger zone on the west side of Africa's southern coast is the most ultimate extreme surfing...
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Where? Camps Bay
Glen Beach is one of the most popular beaches in Cape Town as it is the view from the Camps Bay strip where you’ll find a multitude of restaurants and beach bars to escape to out of the suns heat. During season the beach will be packed with...
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Hout Bay Beach
Where? Hout Bay
Stretching for almost a kilometre along the Atlantic Ocean, salty Cape waters meet a sandy Cape stretch of beach ranging in width from 200m to 400m on the mountain side. A natural small river divide almost in the middle of the beach requires...
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The pristine crescent of Llandudno beach curls itself into the base of the mountain rock between Hout Bay and Camps Bay. A steep stare from the coastal road, light blues melt to deep darks where ships have wrecked themselves in stormy waters...
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Oudekraal Beach is a very private and intimate beach which is part of Table Mountain National Park, situated between Llandudno and Bakoven. It is not very commercial but rather a small haven tucked away and surrounded by large boulders...
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Mouile Point Beach
Where? Mouille Point
Pop over to Mouille Point Beach also known as Granger Bay beach. Easy street parking, quiet, quick, no steps, view of Robben Island, benches for you to watch the the kids play in the rockpools. You still get the sand between your toes...
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Sandy Bay Beach
Situated just south of Llandudno and shielded from sight by Hout Bay sand dunes this is South Africa's only nudist beach. The deep blue Atlantic Ocean though captivating to stare at is characteristically freezing so dips are usually ankle...
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Saunders Rock Beach
Where? Bantry Bay
Saunders Beach is a fairly popular beach but is not overly crowded so its a great choice if you are looking for some solitude, although it does get busy on weekends and holidays. Its beautiful white sand and fabulous views make it a lovely...
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Sea Point Pool
Where? Sea Point
The Sea Point Pool is regarded as one of the most beautiful public pool amenities and is an inexpensive excursion. This community open-air pavilion facility has a 50m Olympic size swimming pool, two kiddies splash pools and a deep diving...
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Three Anchor Bay Beach
Where? Three Anchor Bay
Its a tiny beach! Really small and mostly used by locals who use the beach to launch their motor boats and sea kayaks. They paddle out to sea from here and kayak all the way to Clifton. Three Anchor Bay beach is mostly covered with mussel...
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