About Gordon's Bay Main Beach

Beautiful Gordon’s Bay; a harbour town surrounded by the Helderberg Mountains and a neighbour to Strand, is charming, pretty, and home to some excellent beaches. While it is best known for Bikini Beach, which enjoys a coveted Blue Flag status, it also boasts the Gordon’s Bay Main Beach, which has plenty going for it.

The Main Beach has a number of shallow swimming spots, which are fantastic for families with little ones that aren’t quite ready to brave the waves. And, even then, the waves are relatively small, thanks to the reefs and the surrounding mountains, which protect the bay. The white sands are warm and inviting for sun-tanning or beach games, and there is also a brick walkway that is perfect for lazy strolls, energetic runs, or exploring the area. The walkway leads all the way to Bikini Beach, so visitors can get the best of both.

The reef here means that the Main Beach in Gordon’s Bay is a great spot from which to go snorkelling or, for those that are qualified, SCUBA diving.

There are parts of Main Beach (in front of the caravan park) that are suitable for walking your dog. Remember to bring a plastic bag to clean up after your pooch. The rest of the beach is not ideal for animals.

The sizeable parking area enjoys the service of some swaying palm trees. Get here early in the morning, and you may bag yourself a shady parking spot for the day. Between the parking lots and the sandy stretch of the beach is a grassy patch. Families can relax here, enjoy a picnic and listen to the backing track of waves crashing and children playing.

After some time in the sun, sand and sea, head to one of the nearby restaurants or coffee shops for a snack with the family. Your Cape Town Accommodation and the CT international airport are less than an hour from Gordon’s Bay.

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WhereGordon’s Bay Main Beach, Gordons Bay, Cape Helderberg, Western Cape

WhenBest during daylight hours.

How muchFree

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