Tuesday, 05 October 2021 07:32 AM
Cape Town is home to some of the best beaches in the world. Discover its pristine coastline with our top five beach picks.
Noordhoek Beach: Home of Horses and Flamingos
Along the coast of Noordhoek, lies one of the Cape’s longest beaches, an excellent place to take long, contemplative walks, or watch the sun sink into the horizon, while you traverse the surf on horseback. Before hitting the beach, be sure to check out the picturesque vlei alongside it to see hoards of impressively pink flamingos congregate to feed, mate, and nurse in the basking sun. Noordhoek beach is also the perfect spot to go horse riding.
Camps Bay Beach: An Iconic Strip
Rub shoulders with the who’s who of Cape Town’s elite at the scenic Camps Bay beach, a beach bordered by palms and the towering Twelve Apostles mountain range. When you’re done frolicking in the icy surf, step off the beach and onto the iconic Camps Bay strip to refuel and relax. You can take your pick of one of many swanky restaurants, world-class bars, and delectable ice-cream parlours, all of which boast unrivalled views of the beach.
Boulder’s Beach: Penguins For Days
Find your place on the sand amid hundreds of waddling African penguins at Cape Town’s must-see beach. Here, you can swim alongside gliding penguins in azure waters that are slightly warmer than those found on the Atlantic Seaboard. While this beach can get crowded, if you walk far enough you can escape the crowds by slipping behind one of the many large boulders that create a perfect, secluded area to pop a towel down and relax in the sun.
Bakoven Beach: Sweet Seclusion
One of the Mother City’s smaller patches of sand, Bakoven Beach, is hidden in a small residential community between Camps Bay and Victoria Road, where it begins it’s a coastal journey toward Hout Bay. The views of Lion’s Head from this beach are unrivalled and it boasts a sheltered bay with relatively warmer waters teeming with kelp forests, as well as a dotting of rock pools ideal for little explorers. What this beach boasts in privacy, it lacks in public amenities, so bring your own snacks and eco-friendly sunscreen, and make sure to arrive early before the limited spaces are all snapped up.
Blouberg Beach: Kitesurfing Heaven
While windy weather doesn’t immediately bring the beach to mind, this beach is best visited when the winds are howling. Why? Kitesurfing, of course. Try your hand at this adrenaline-inducing watersport – no gear, no problem. You can rent everything you need, and even get lessons, by using one of the many kitesurfing companies dotted along the beachfront. An Instagrammer's paradise, you’ll also be treated to panoramic views of Table Mountain that make for epic photographs.