South Atlantic Beaches

The South Atlantic runs south along the west coast from Noordhoek to the tip Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula

Western Cape Tourist AttractionsThe South Atlantic Beaches

The South Atlantic, running south along the west coast from Noordhoek to Cape Point at the tip of the Cape Peninsula, offers an escape from the crowds of sun worshippers who flock to the better known beaches of Clifon and Camps Bay.

Where? On the Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town

When? Open daily.

Overnight? See Atlantic Seaboard accommodation, in Cape Town

The beaches of the South Atlantic, though a further drive from central Cape Town, are rugged and unspoilt and are ideal for those looking for peace and quiet and natural beauty.

Noordhoek Beach, at the end of Chapmanís Peak drive and south of Hout Bay, has a gorgeous, incredibly wide expanse of sand perfect for long walks, horse riding and local surfers. Views of the bay are spectacular and the beach is lined with dunes that offer shelter from the wind. The beach borders on local wetlands and because of its size, is rather isolated so swimming or walking on your own are probably not a good idea.

Long Beach at Kommetjie is just that, a long, sandy beach very popular with surfers. There is also a large tidal pool here great for swimming and families with some spectacular views.

Witsands, between Kommetjie and Scarborough, is popular with surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers alike. For locals, this is a haven as itís further from Cape Town and thus not very well known. The beach is big and there are plenty of sand dunes, which contribute to the beauty of the natural surrounds.

Misty Cliffs, situated below a conservation village of the same name, Misty Cliffs is wonderfully remote with some of the most awe-inspiring views of the Atlantic. Waves here can get notoriously big, so it isnít really a swimmers paradise and even surfers take along an extra fin. It is popular with locals, divers and those wanting to escape it all.

Scarborough Beach is large with plenty of sand for sunbathing, popular with surfers and body boarders and has some beautiful views. Because itís so far from Cape Town (it's the last residential suburb before Cape Point), it never gets crowded here although it can get busy in summer. When the wind blows, itís an ideal spot for flying kites and kitesurfing .

Featured South Atlantic Beaches

Buffels Bay Beach

Where? Cape Point
The location of Buffels Bay's beach is magnificent and the numerous tidal pools offer an opportunity for your little ones to explore. The beach is preceded by green lawns, which are great if you love the beach, but hate the sand! The lawns roll...

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Diaz Beach

Where? Cape Point
Diaz Beach is found at Cape Point and is a secluded, magnificent and very romantic beach. You will need to be relatively fit in order to get there as the walk takes at least 20 minutes to get down to the beach and about double that to get back...

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Long Beach

Where? Kommetjie
Long Beach in Kommetjie is just as the name suggests - a long stretch of beach that is perfect for a long walk. This is a very popular spot with families and those with dogs. Donít be surprised when you find an enthusiastic pup run up to...

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Maclear Beach

Where? Cape Point
Cape Point is where you will find one of the best secluded beaches around, Maclear beach. Weave your way down the footpaths amongst the Fynbos and down to the beach where you will find soft welcoming sands. The views from Maclear beach are...

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Noordhoek Beach

Where? Noordhoek
Noordhoek beach is a dog friendly and family friendly beach that stretches for kilometers. Its scenic beauty and surrounding vegetation is truly stunning. This is an ideal location for both surfers and kitesurfers. The sea here is rough and...

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Olifantsbos Beach

Where? Cape Point
If you are after more than just a beach, you have found it. Olifantsbos Beachis a stunning little beach situated right next to Cape point nature reserve. Surrounded by nature with breathtaking views, Olifantbos beach is not a spot to be missed...

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Platboom Beach

Where? Cape Point
Platboom Beach is a lovely beach along the coastline nestled in the Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve where you are likely to spot many different animals roaming the beach and an abundance of birds. Kite surfing and windsurfing are very popular...

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Scarborough Beach

Where? Scarborough
The sights and scenery surrounding Scarborough beach are something to be admired. The mountains stand tall around you and the vast endless ocean lying before you make this beautiful and serene beach to relax at. Stunning rock pools and plenty...

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Witsands Beach

Where? Misty Cliffs
Youíll find your feet on the sand Witsands Beach after a walk down a steep stone stairway but the walk will be worth it, especially if you enjoy spectating. This beach found just east of Misty Cliffs is immensely popular with boarders...

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Did you know?

Cape Townís beaches are amongst the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the world.

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