About South Atlantic Beaches

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

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

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

Noordhoek Beach, at the end of Chapman’s 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 Beach, between Kommetjie and Scarborough, is popular with surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers alike. For locals, this is a haven as it’s 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 Beach, 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 Ocean. Waves here can get notoriously big, so it isn’t 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 it’s 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, it’s an ideal spot for flying kites and kitesurfing.

Popular South Atlantic Beaches

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Buffels Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cape Point
Situated in Cape Town's popular Cape Point Nature Reserve, Buffels Bay Beach is a secluded and relatively sheltered beach which is ideal for a picnic or braai with ...

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Diaz Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cape Point
Popular with both locals and repeat visitors to Cape Town, Diaz Beach at Cape Point is a secluded, magnificent and rather romantic beach. You will need to be ...

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Maclear Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cape Point
Another Cape Town gem simply because the slightly longer driving distance means Maclear Beach is not over crowded. Cape Point is where you will find one of the best ...

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Long Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in 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 ...

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Scarborough Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in 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 ...

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Olifantsbos Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in 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 ...

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Platboom Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Cape Point
Travel about 65 km from the centre of Cape Town along the M3 to reach Platboom Beach. It's worth the drive as is a lovely beach, nestled along a beautiful ...

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Noordhoek Beach

Stay? Noordhoek Accommodation
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 ...

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WhereSouth Atlantic Beaches, On the Atlantic Seaboard from Noordhoek to Cape Point, Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenBest during daylight hours. Enjoying a sunset on the beach is also a great experience.

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