Cape Helderberg Beaches

The beaches of the Helderberg Basin or Cape Helderberg offer warmer waters and effortlessly white, sandy beaches

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe Cape Helderberg Beaches

Just a 45 minute drive from Cape Town Central, the beaches of the Helderberg Basin or Cape Helderberg offer warmer waters (the rule of thumb is 3-4 degrees warmer) than her Atlantic Seaboard rivals and effortlessly white, sandy beaches.

Where? In the Cape Helderberg Region, Western Cape

When? Open daily.

Overnight? See Cape Helderberg accommodation, Western Cape

A visit to any of these beaches is essentially a family friendly day out that includes fantastic views over False Bay, wonderful swimming opportunities in safe and shallow waters, and rock pools ideal for children. Take a picnic, beach umbrella and don't forget the sunblock!

Bikini Beach is a small beach and one of Cape Town's three Blue Flag Beaches, which means it has a high level of water quality, facilities, cleanliness and safety. It is popular for sunbathing as it is sheltered from the wind.

Kogel Bay (or Cool Bay) is just around the corner from Bikini Beach and is essentially a surfers beach, but has a long stretch of white sand and a couple of exciting caves.

Strand has a long 5km stretch of white, sandy beach ideal for long walks. Fishing and surfing and wind surfing are very popular here as the waves are quite good. There is also an Olympic sized, centrally heated swimming pool at Strand.

Gordon’s Bay, regarded as one of the safest swimming beaches, has wonderful sheltered rock pools great for exploring and paddling.

Featured Cape Helderberg Beaches

Bikini Beach

Where? Gordons Bay
Spend the day relaxing on Bikini Beach, a small man-made beach near the marina. Bikini Beach is a small beach and one of Cape Town's three Blue Flag Beaches, which means it has a high level of water quality, facilities, cleanliness and safety...

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Strand Beach

Where? Strand
Strand Beach is an ideal beach set at the foot of the Hottentots Holland Mountains on the Eastern Edge of False Bay. The Strands beautiful white sand stretches along 5 kilometres and makes this a fantastic place for that romantic stroll or that...

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Monwabisi Beach

Where? Cape Flats
‘Monwabisi’ is an isiXhosa word meaning ‘bringing joy’, to which many regular beach visitors will attest. The beach is particularly popular with residents from surrounding areas such as Mitchell’s Plain, Strandfontein and Khayelitsha...

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Steenbras Gorge

Where? Gordons Bay
You will need to walk the Steenbras River Trail, which is a 90 minute meander up the gorge through fynbos vegetation. There are some steep bits to contend with along the way but you will be richly rewarded with a waterfall and Crystal Pool...

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Did you know?

Cape Town’s beaches are amongst the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the world.

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