Posted on Jul 30, 2012 in what to do and where to go

We have some beautiful beaches in Cape Town. This website is a mere guideline: The beaches on the Atlantic side are absolutely freezing, with an average water temperature of 11 degrees. Those on the False Bay side are warmer but conversely a little less trendy.

Warning! Please be careful of the undercurrent, which is very strong in this part of the world and can drag you out to sea, especially when there are big waves. It’s always advisable to swim where there is a lifeguard on duty.

Herewith a pick of our best, by category:

  1. Best beach for restaurants:
    Camps Bay: Spacious and ideal for families with loads of restaurants and bars along the sidewalk. The view in the background of the 12 Apostles in fantastic! It is a 10 minutes drive from the hotel.
  2. Best beach for wind avoidance and posing:
    Clifton: consisting of four beaches, ranging from trendy, gay friendly, to family friendly. We recommend Clifton 3rd Beach as one of the most picturesque beaches around. When the South Easterly is howling in Cape Town, come here and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about. If you have a desperate need to surround yourself with the designer crowd, go to 4th Beach, one of the most glamorous beaches in Cape Town. It’s great place to catch a tan in your designer bikini, but only the very brave and the mad venture into the freezing Atlantic Ocean waters. So sit back and body-watch! It is a 10 minutes drive from the hotel.
  3. Best beaches for children:
    Llandudno: Very beautiful beach with big boulders to climb on, it is good for surfing but only for the experienced, also walking the dogs or just relaxing. It is a 15 minutes drive from the hotel.Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town: The water is warmer than the above-mentioned beaches. Although it is a small beach, the children will love it – where else can you swim with penguins? It is a 30 minute drive from the hotel.
    Muizenberg: This is where all the children have their surfing lessons on the weekends. This is also a lot of fun to watch.
  4. Best beach for horse riding:
    Noordhoek: This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the peninsula. It is worth visiting the beach just for a chance to drive along Chapman’s Peak, which is known as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Here you will find a 19th Century shipwreck known as the Kakapo. You will also come across a famous chef, Frank Dangereux, who has opened his own restaurant at the Noordhoek Village called The Foodbarn:
  5. Best beach for walking and jogging:
    Arguably Bloubergstrand: Just imagine going for a romantic walk along the endless beach while gazing at views of Table Mountain. It is also the best kite surfing and surfing beach.
  6. Best nudist beach:
    Sandy Bay is Cape Town’s unofficial and only nudist beach. Access this beach by driving to Llandudno beach and then taking a 15 minute stroll. Here you will find people of all ages, shapes and sizes. Llandudno is a 25-minute drive from the hotel.
  7. Best nature beach:
    Cape Point: There are also several beaches at Cape Point that are worth a visit. Cape Point is in a nature reserve and the animals roam free, so you may find yourself walking on the beach and discover an eland looking at you.