About Cape Overberg Beaches

Most of the Cape Overberg accommodation spots are perfectly positioned to showcase the mountains, canola fields, fynbos, and magnificent stretches of coastline that make up this very special region. Basically, the Overberg is the area between the Hottentots Holland Mountains (just outside Cape Town) and the start of the Garden Route (near Mossel Bay). Its main towns are Hermanus, Grabouw, Pringle Bay, Betty‘s Bay, and Swellendam; and the little towns of Cape Agulhas.

Did you know? While much of the Cape Overberg is inland, there are a number of spectacular beaches to be found along this part of the coast.

Hermanus is a coastal town known for its excellent whale-watching opportunities. It is also home to some of the magnificent beaches that have earned it the status of being a holiday hotspot. Onrus Beach is popular for families with children because it combines the fun of the waves with the calm of an adjacent lagoon. The waves are fantastic for surfers too, so bring your board along. Grotto Beach has a Blue Flag status and it is stunning for swimming, strolling, tanning, and a host of watersports (including stand-up paddling, surfing and even the latest fad of hydrofoiling). Grotto also allows dogs on leashes.

Another gorgeous beach in the Cape Overberg is Pringle Bay Beach, which is two kilometres long and is flanked by white sand dunes. There is a shallow area at the river mouth, which is perfect for children that want to play in calmer (and warmer) waters. Betty’s Bay Beach stretches for four kilometres, but remains relatively quiet. This means that it is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of the towns and cities. Betty’s Bay is just less than 100 kilometres from Cape Town.

Kleinmond Beach is another Blue Flag beach and is excellent for swimming, paddle-skiing, stand-up paddling, sunbathing, building sand castles, and exploring the rock pools. Between June and November, you may also spot some of the humpback and southern right whales from this beach. They can often be seen splashing, blowing and, on a great day, even leaping out of the water.

The towns and beaches of the Cape Overberg showcase some of the prettiest and most impressive countryside in South Africa. The nearest international airport is in Cape Town, and the towns of the Garden Route (like Knysna, Plett and Mossel Bay) are only a few hours’ drive away.

Popular Cape Overberg Beaches

Beaches & Pools / Family Entertainment / Sight Seeing

Pringle Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay’s stunningly beautiful main swimming beach is approximately 2 kilometers long and only 100m - less than 3 minutes walk from Dreams. The beautiful white ...

Beaches & Pools

Onrus Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
Onrus Beach, which is adjacent to a warm, calm lagoon, is ideally suited to family outings, where small children can play in the calmer waters of the lagoon, and ...

Beaches & Pools

Kleinmond Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Kleinmond
Kleinmond is a popular holiday destination situated in the Overberg region in the Western Cape and it boasts the beautiful Kleinmond beach. This blue flag ...

Beaches & Pools / Family Entertainment

Bettys Bay Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Bettys Bay
A visit to the lovely 4 km long beach at Betty's Bay is really not optional ... even if its just to go for a long leisurely walk on the soft white sand. It's a ...

Beaches & Pools / Walks & Hiking

Grotto Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
This wide, seemingly-untouched beach in Hermanus is flanked by the mountains on one side and the ocean on the other, creating a retreat that is as tranquil as it is ...

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Kammabaai Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
Kammabaai is another beach with shallow water, ample parking and excellent facilities; making it ideal for family outings, especially for those with small children ...

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Langbaai Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
Only minutes away from many of the guesthouses in Hermanus, the quiet Langbaai Beach lies in wait for visitors that need a tranquil escape. This is known as the ...

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Rowweklip Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
Very seclude and quiet, this tiny little beach known as Rowweklip, is situated between Grotto Beach and the Voelklip beach. There's really nothing going on here, ...

Beaches & Pools / Whale Watching

Voelklip Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
The beach at Voelklip, flanked by green lawns, and with good facilities, is especially popular with younger adults, particularly during the peak tourist season ...

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Struisbaai Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Struisbaai
Struisbaai beach is truly remarkable with its white sands and seemingly endless coastline. This is a fantastic spot for both shore anglers and fishing boats. There ...

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Hawston Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
Driving towards Hermanus, you may discover a little hamlet called Hawston. Then again, you may miss it if you don't know it’s there. This hidden gem is the home of ...

Beaches & Pools

Silver Sands Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Bettys Bay
Looking for a beach that is dog friendly (providing they are on their leads) and is a perfect spot for a picnic with the family? Silver Sands Beachis situated West ...

Beaches & Pools

Suiderstrand Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in L'Agulhas
Suiderstrand – literally meaning Southern Beach (translated from Afrikaans) is completely surrounded by the Agulhas National Park, which as you can well imagine ...

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Franskraal Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in De Kelders
Cameras and binoculars at the ready everyone, Franskraal Beach is not only beautiful but is a popular birding hotspot and you are bound to see some interesting ...

Beaches & Pools

Rooi Els Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Rooi Els
5km from Pringle Bay next to Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Rooi Els Beach is a popular beach with holiday makers, it is relatively secluded and sheltered which makes ...

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Pearly Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Pearly Beach
Come and enjoy a nice long walk on the lengthy strip of white sand at Pearly Beach. Joggers often enjoy stretching their legs on these sandy shores while kids ...

Beaches & Pools

Castle Beach

Overnight? Accommodation in Pearly Beach
If you want to swim in the sea then Castle Beach is the beach to head to when you are staying in the delightful village of Pearly Beach. Well equipped for ...

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Sandbaai Beach

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
Hermanus is famous for its tranquil “seaside village” feel and it is one of the loveliest retreats to enjoy gorgeous beaches and lazy summer days. It is also famous ...

Beaches & Pools / Family Entertainment

Fick’s Pool

Stay? Hermanus Accommodation
Although it remains somewhat of a hidden gem, Fick’s Pool in Hermanus is a fantastic little spot for a cool dip. It is located just below Marine Drive, where the ...

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WhereCape Overberg Beaches, along the coastline of the Overberg, Western Cape, South Africa

WhenBest During Daylight Hours

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