Top beaches in Cape Town

In the southern hemisphere, summer is around the corner and Cape Town is the place to be. You can ride a horse, fly a kite, watch penguins, sail a hobie cat, surf the waves, explore a shipwreck, snorkel in the shallows, dive in the deep or even just lie in the sun!
Here are a few of the top beaches in the area:


Big Bay & Little Bay
Best for: kite surfing, windsurfing, hobie cats, paddle skiing, family outings, kite flying and Table Mountain views.
It’s from these long sandy beaches of Blouberg, 20km north of Cape Town, that you can photograph the classic view of Table Mountain. A strong south-easter gives the wave-jumping kite surfers and colourful hobie cats a chance to show off.

Camps Bay

Best for: family fun, sunbathing, beach volleyball, surfing, windsurfing and diving nearby.
The long stretch of fine sand and the palm-dotted lawn of Camps Bay are perfect for a family picnic. The busy road lined with shops and restaurants that runs along the whole length of the beach is fun to stroll along but parking can be frustrating.
The beach is a little exposed during a persistent south-easter but experienced surfers and windsurfers love the hard-breaking waves near the rocks at the northern end of the beach. Scuba-diving among inquisitive seals in Justin Caves on the road to Llandudno is superb.

Clifton Beach

Best for: seeing and being seen, sunbathing and watching paragliders land.
The glamour of beautiful bodies and the romance of cruising yachts moored in the shallows attract a lot of visitors here. Granite boulders divide the 4 white sandy beaches of Clifton sheltering them from the south-easter and offering safe bathing with a somewhat strong undertow.
Don’t be surprised to see rainbow-striped paragliders floating down towards you. They take off from the top of Lion’s Head and catch the thermal updrafts before coming in to land on the lawns of La Med bar at the Maiden’s Cove end of Clifton Beach.


Best for: surfing, body boarding, sheltered sunbathing, sandcastles and sunset picnics.
20km south of Cape Town, this is the perfect romantic spot for a sheltered sunset picnic after some serious sunbathing. A narrow road winds its way down through an exclusive hillside suburb where there’s not one shop.
The charming spotless Llandudno Beach is tucked between huge granite boulders and is beautiful from any angle. There is a resident lifesaving club but beware of the strong surf and backwash.

Sandy Bay

Best for: getting an all-over tan.
The unofficial nudist beach of Sandy Bay is backed by steep dunes and mountain slopes and the only way to get to it is a 20-minute walk from the car park or a clamber over rocks from the southern end of Llandudno.
Narrow paths lead off the track, seaward to favourite sunbathing spots or inland to high sand dunes.