About Cape West Coast Beaches

West Coast accommodation is in hot demand, not because this is the epicentre of glitzy entertainment or bustling city centres, but because it is beautifully tranquil and serene. And, it is the beaches of the Cape West Coast that really make it a magical getaway. Summer tends to be warm and dry, with refreshing winds coming off the cool waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The soft white sands, rocky outcrops, and untouched blue of the waters are simply irresistible.

The Cape West Coast is home to a number of little fishing villages, complete with the homes that date back to the fishing industry of yesteryear. The main settlements along the coast are Yzerfontein, Langebaan, Paternoster, St Helena Bay, and Saldanha Bay. And, being home to such fishing villages, it’s not surprising to know that the beaches along this whole stretch of the South African coast are ideal for fishing.

Saldanha Bay is South Africa’s largest natural bay and is an incredible spot for fishing. Its rocky outcrops and sheltered beaches are perfect for keen fishermen that want to try their hand at catching kob, shad, garrick, stumpnose, sharks and skates.

Langebaan has become known for its excellent kite-surfing conditions, thanks to the calm waters of the lagoon and the consistent winds. But, its beaches are also fantastic for the whole family. Calypso Beach is perfect for swimming, surfing and body surfing. Langebaan Beach is a hub for all things watersports. Jet-skiing, stand-up paddling, swimming and fishing are all on the cards on this scenic beach. The lagoon’s waters are quite a bit warmer than those of the ocean, making it an ideal spot for the whole family, particularly those with little ones that want to play in the shallows.

Surfers will love the beaches of Elands Bay and Paternoster. In Elands Bay, the waves break left and are seldom very crowded, giving locals the perfect opportunity to spend hours pursuing the awesome barrels. Paternoster Beach is also lovely for a cool dip, kayaking (keep an eye out for the curious penguins that may swim around you), stand-up paddling, swimming, or long walks on the warm sands.

Along the shores of Yzerfontein is Pearl Bay Beach; a quiet little beach that is ideal for sailing, skiing, kayaking and fishing. Yzerfontein Main Beach is an incredible 25.7 kilometres (or 16 miles) long and is great for swimming, surfing, and very long walks. There are public ablutions here.

Since the Cape West Coast is, as its name implies, coastal; it is peppered with dozens more beaches. Some are well known and often visited by local families and surfers, while others are quiet little gems that are hidden amongst the spectacular vegetation of this unique part of the world.

Popular Cape West Coast Beaches

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Calypso Beach

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You might not know that Calypso Beach in Langebaan is one of the only traditional breeding areas of the black oystercatcher. This beautiful, endangered bird has a ...

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Elands Bay Beach

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Elands Bay is only a two hour drive from Cape Town, but it is a wonderful spot and a must visit if you’re a keen surfer. The beach is fondly known as e-bay (if ...

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Langebaan Beach

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The main beach in Langebaan is a wide stretch of white sand that extends as far as the eye can see. Make use of this distance and see how far along you can walk, ...

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Strandfontein Beach

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Attention fisherman, anglers and explorers. Strandfontein beach is ideal when trying to get a great catch, collecting muscles or even crayfishing. The coastline in ...

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Jacobsbaai Beach

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When you head up the Cape West Coast you need to stop off at Jacobsbaai, even if you can only manage an hour or two because it is simply beautiful. Building ...

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Paternoster Beach

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Paternoster, one of the oldest villages along the West Coast is a very popular holiday destination and it’s not hard to see why. The long white sandy beaches are ...

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Pearl Bay Beach

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Pearl Bay Beach is on the southern edge of Yzerfontein and is quiet, secluded and unspoilt. Development in the area only means that it’s just going to get better ...

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Shelley Bay Beach

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Shelley Bay Beach brings together sand, shells and pebbles in a beautifully secluded area. What a great place to take a stroll and find an interesting selection ...

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Yzerfontein's Main Beach

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The 16 miles of Yzerfontein beach stretches from just north of the start of the main beach and all the way up to the West Coast National Park which is perfect if ...

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16 Mile Beach

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Yzerfontein boasts South Africa's longest stretch of beach, 16 Mile Beach, which runs from Yzerfontein's Main Beach in the South, all the way up to the start of the ...

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Kraalbaai Beach

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You’ll find Kraalbaai Beach in the ever popular West Coast National Park just prior to entering the restricted gates of the Postberg section of the park. On any ...

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Tietiesbaai

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Booking Cape West Coast accommodation is about more than a holiday in a place of complete tranquillity, just 90 minutes from Cape Town. It’s about amazing food, a ...

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Sand Baai Beach

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The Sand Baai Beach in Langebaan is just about half a kilometre south from the main Langebaan Beach. This is home to the Langebaan Yacht Club which means you see ...

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Kersbosstrand Beach

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The beach at Kersbosstrand is a beautiful escape for those in need of a long, lazy walk, fresh air, and the crisp breeze of the sea. The unspoilt stretches of white ...

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Silwerstroomstrand

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The vibrant West Coast of South Africa is littered with quaint fishing villages, amazing natural features, plenty of history, lashings of culture and mile after ...

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Mosselbank Beach

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The idyllic setting of the Mosselbank Beach is complemented by great waves and plenty of accommodation nearby. This beach is one of the gems of Paternoster, along ...

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Tsaarsbank Beach

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The Cape West Coast of South Africa is known for its raw, rugged beaches and spectacular untouched landscapes. Although most of the little fishing towns dotted ...

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WhereCape West Coast Beaches, along the coast of the West Coast, Western Cape, South Africa

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