Tuesday, 15 December 2020 08:00 AM
Cape Town has two immaculate coastlines, one on either side of it’s mountainous Cape Peninsula. Spread along are scores of beaches, some which offer sublime swimming, others are a surfer’s paradise, not to mention a few secret spots peppered in too.
Starting at the top is Milnerton Beach, which stretches along the northern reaches of Table Bay. Loved by locals and tourists alike, Milnerton beach isn’t too crowded, thanks to its size. Under the careful watch of Milnerton’s lighthouse, this beach is among the most photogenic in Cape Town, with uninterrupted views of Table Mountain in all its grandness. Watch, as this Wonder of Nature turns to silhouette with one of Milnerton’s dreamy sunsets. Idyllic for a winter walk, this beach bustles in summer too, attracting kite, wind and paddle surfers.
The holiday doesn’t end at Camps Bay, with everything you need within splashing distance. Expect spectacular views of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles along this palm-fringed beach haven, with a crystal-clear ocean in front of you. Behind you is a glitzy strip, filled with cocktail bars, fine-dining restaurants and luxurious hotels. Although you might feel like one here, plenty of celebrities frequent this beach and strip, so keep an eye out.
With several perfect little beaches dotted along the Atlantic Seaboard, many refer to Clifton’s four beaches as the ‘French Riviera of South Africa’. Characterized by snowy-white beaches which melt away into a cerulean blue sea, each variety of Clifton is separated by large granite rocks. First Beach is a maritime playground and hub for surfers and volleyball players. Second and Third beach is a natural habitat for generation Z tanners and party-goers, while Clifton Fourth is superb for families, with chiselled, superhero-esque lifeguards at the ready.
Further along the coast is Noordhoek Beach, eight kilometres of uninterrupted beach bliss. Stretching all the way to Kommetjie, Noordhoek Beach offers picture-perfect views of Chapman’s Peak and the Sentinel, surfing for the brave, a shipwreck, and flocks of flamingo. The town of Noordhoek is home to paddocks of horses, with the beach a literal stomping ground for these beautiful creatures. This is one of the very few places in the Western Cape. Horse riding along the beach is great for couples in love and families too. Be sure to head to the Red Herring for some casual live music and the best pizza in town.
The oldest surfing town in the country, this is where surfing in South Africa was born. Shallow water, rolling sets of waves, ‘Muizies’ as it is affectionately known by the locals, is an idyllic beach in False Bay on the eastern side of the peninsula. Muizenberg is perfect all year round, but offers better surfing in the winter months, when the swell is more favourable and the northwester pulls through. Prove you were there and take an Insta snap #nofilter-style in front of the colourful beach huts.
Likely to be the best swimming beach in Cape Town, Fish Hoek beach is that family-friendly beach from your fantasies. With ocean temperatures reaching 20℃ on occasion, this quaint little stretch of beach comes with all the storybook details you desire. Think ice cream, hot chips, soft sand and little waves.
Probably the quirkiest beach in South Africa, Boulders Beach offers a seaside experience hard to find anywhere else on the globe. Here, on the sugary-white sands, among giant granite boulders and beach thicket, is where you will find Africa’s best-dressed bird, the African penguin. We wouldn’t recommend getting too close to these formal fellows, because as dignified as they appear, they’re rather moody.