About Atlantic Seaboard Beaches

The Atlantic Seaboard Beaches is where the more fashionable set go to see and be seen. The Atlantic Seaboard, also known as the "Riviera" of Cape Town, 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.

Did you know? The beaches in Cape Town are amongst the cleanest and most beautiful beaches in the world.

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 Beach 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 Beach, 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 in Camps Bay 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 beach 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.

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Sandy Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Near Llandudno
Wedged in the valley of the Twelve Apostles Mountain range naughties and naturalists go nude and free at Sandy Bay Beach. Situated just south of Llandudno and ...

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Hout Bay Beach

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The cliffs of Chapman's Peak and the charm of Hout Bay Harbour are divided by the white powdery sands of Hout Bay Beach. Stretching for almost a kilometre along ...

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Clifton Beaches

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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 ...

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Camps Bay Beach

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Wherever you have chosen to stay in Cape Town, this popular beach is a must see. Camps Bay Beach is the camp ground of sun tanners and sundowners capturing a clear ...

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Bakoven Beach

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Bakoven is an intimate sun baking oven in glorious Cape Town, hidden between Camps Bay and Llandudno. A small residential community with the privilege of bay ...

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Llandudno Beach

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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 ...

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Mouille Point Beach

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Its a beautiful day in the Mother City and what started as a quick morning shop at the V&A Waterfront ends up as a marathon shopping spree. Its too late for a beach ...

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Glen Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in 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 ...

Beaches & Pools

Saunders Rock Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Bantry Bay
Saunders’ Rocks Beach, so named because of the imposing granite rocks that are a feature of this mostly wind-free beach, is ideal for visitors staying in beautiful ...

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Oudekraal Beach

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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 ...

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Three Anchor Bay Beach

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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 ...

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Dungeons Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Hout Bay
Dungeons Beach is the most extreme surf beach in South Africa, accessible only by a 15 minute boat-ride form Hout Bay Harbour. Dungeons Beach is the venue of ...

Beaches & Pools

Beta Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Bakoven
This tiny, secluded Cape Town beach, next door to Oudekraal beach, is made up predominantly of course beach sand and giant boulders. It lies in the heart of Cape ...

Beaches & Pools

Maiden’s Cove

Overnight? Accommodation in Camps Bay
Perched between the scenic stretches of the Clifton and Glen Beach, Maiden’s Cove is flanked by the cold blue of the ocean and the verdant greenery of the mountains ...

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Queen's Beach

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In addition to loads of holiday apartments and hotels in Sea Point, this area is also home to some lovely beaches. Queen’s Beach is certainly one of its most ...

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WhereAtlantic Seaboard Beaches, on the Atlantic Coast (from the V&A Waterfront to Hout Bay), Cape Town, Western Cape Cape, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours. But enjoying a sunset can be magical here too.

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