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Cape Town Beaches
Cape Town is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and offers a beach for every season and every reason. South Africa proudly boasts an array of blue flag beaches, with seven of them situated in and around Cape Town, namely Big Bay, Clifton 4th Beach, Camps Bay, Mnandi Beach, Muizenburg, Strandfontein and Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay.
This, along with the combination of two oceans (Atlantic and Indian), make Cape Town an unrivalled holiday destination.
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Table Bay Beaches
The beaches of Table Bay are most popular for wind and kite surfing, giving a good indication of the wind factor. Table Bay beaches can be unpleasant when windy, but the spectacular views of Table Mountain and Robben Island more than make up for it.
Big Bay - This is a charming little beach boasting stunning views of Table Mountain and Robben Island. The beach has two rocky points which extends out to the sea. This creates a small bay ideal for surfing, windsurfing and swimming.
Bloubergstrand - This beach offers some lovely rock pools and awe-inspiring views of the bay and Table Mountain.
Table View - Here you will find a number of lovely restaurants and sundowner venues, ideal spots for post beach socialising.
Milnerton - Milnerton is probably best known for its lighthouse, which sits virtually on the beach. This beach is great for swimming and is manned by lifeguards. There are also a few beach cafes and restaurants scattered around.
Atlantic Seaboard Beaches
The beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard are where the trendy come out to play. Also known as Cape Town's 'Riviera', the Atlantic Seaboard stretches from the V&A Waterfront on the north shore of Table Mountain all the way to Hout Bay. The drive along this stretch is one of the most scenic and picturesque in Cape Town.
Mouille Point, Sea Point and Three Anchor Bay - More ocean front than anything else, these three beaches have a unique charm of its own. Three Anchor Bay has a tiny beach frequented by sea kayakers, while Saunders Rock at Sea Point has a tidal pool popular for swimming. It is the popular promenade that draws people, which is a haunt for walkers, joggers, families, and dog walkers.
Clifton - This extremely popular hangout is a must for trendy local and international jetsetters. Clifton has four beaches, each very unimaginatively named 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach respectively. These are Cape Town's premier beaches, and a definite must see during a Cape Town holiday.
Camps Bay - Just a stone's throw from the trendy Clifton is the equally trendy Camps Bay, a long and sandy beach lined with palm trees, restaurants, cocktail bars and beach cafes. Here the rich and famous mingle with visitors to the city against one of the most glorious backdrops in the world.
Llandudno Beach - Set in the exclusive neighbourhood of Llandudno, this is one of the most photogenic beaches in Cape Town. The current here can be strong, so unless you're a good swimmer, settle for a quick dip or simply enjoy a world renowned African sunset.
Sandy Bay - Cape Town's only nudist beach, Sandy Bay is a bit difficult to access, which is probably why it is not as busy as the other beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard. Enclosed by sand dunes and well protected from the wind, you do not have to be a nudist to enjoy this exclusive beach.
Hout Bay - This protected harbour bay is great for walks and horse riding. Boasting spectacular panoramic views, no visit to Hout Bay would be complete without settling down to a delicious meal of fish and chips and a stroll along the pier to view the fishing boats. You may even be lucky enough to spot a Cape Fur Seal or whale during season.
South Atlantic Beaches
The beach on the South Atlantic offers sun worshippers a chance to enjoy the beaches without having to battle the crowds. These beaches, though a further drive, are rugged, unspoiled and boast natural beauty untouched by humans. Ideal for those looking for peace and quiet.
Noordhoek Beach - Best known for horse riding, this beach boasts a glorious expanse of shimmering white sand. Here you can also enjoy spectacular views of the bay.
Long Beach - Situated at Kommetjie, this long and sandy beach is popular with surfers. A large tidal pool offers swimming opportunities as well.
Witsands - Nestled between Kommetjie and Scarborough, this beach is popular with surfers, windsurfers and kitesurfers. This is also a haven for locals as it is not as busy as the more popular Atlantic Seaboard beaches.
Misty Cliffs - Misty Cliffs is situated below a conservation village of the same name. This wonderfully remote beach offers some of the best views of the Atlantic. Waves can get really big here, so swimming is not ideal, but it is great for those wanting some privacy.
Scarborough Beach - This large beach is wonderful for sun bathing and popular with surfers and body borders. Because of its distance from Cape Town, it hardly ever gets too crowded, but can get relatively busy in summer.
False Bay Beaches
The False Bay coastline is generally more laid back and not as bustling as the Atlantic coastline, although these family orientated beaches can get busy around the holidays. These beaches are usually more popular with the locals as the water is considerably warmer than the Atlantic Seaboard beaches and are great for swimming. Most of these beaches are also manned by lifeguards, making them ideal for families.
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