Cape Town's Best Beaches
Collected by Marie Frei, AFAR Local Expert
Cape Town has such a beautiful coastline, you have to schedule some beach time into your itinerary because no two are really the same. Eight of Cape Town's beaches are distinguished as Blue Flag Beaches, meaning these sandy shores meet international quality and environmental standards. Here are some not-to-miss beaches around the city.
32 Camps Bay Dr, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
If Gatsby was South African, I'm certain his summer home would have been located in the Cape Town neighborhood of Camps Bay. This small, affluent suburb is just a short distance from the city center and can easily be explored in half a day. Table...
Noordhoek, Cape Town, 7979, South Africa
Noordhoek beach is located on the Atlantic side of the Cape Peninsula and, like most beaches in Cape Town, best enjoyed at sunset. Along the road to the beach you'll find several guesthouses, making it a great weekend getaway destination for Cape...
Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
Muizenberg is a fresh air escape. Locaed on Metrorail's Southern Suburbs line, the train journey there cuts through residential suburbs and wetlands. Eventually, you arrive at your destination - the False Bay side of the Cape and the heart of...
Bloubergstrand, South Africa
Bloubergstrand and Table View are only a half-hour or so from Cape Town's city centre, but are in an area often overlooked by travelers. On a clear day, the view from the beach is a postcard-perfect photo backdrop of Table Mountain. You can also...
Llandudno, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa
Our favorite beach (one we never learned how to properly pronounce) was Llandudno Beach. A little bit off track and a little unclear if we were trespassing a private neighborhood, we drove on a narrow road between beautiful houses to gain entry to...
25 Albus Dr, Sunset Beach, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Combine being outdoors, somewhere beautiful and your own selection of local delicacies..having a picnic is one of my favourite things to do..enjoy a long, lazy lunch or a sunset dinner but take a break from the cafes and restaurants, fill your...
Gemsbok St, Scarborough, Cape Town, South Africa
Alone or with friends, taking a walk on the beach is a beautiful, de-stressing, thoughtful experience. Another one of those obvious things we miss..we photograph beaches, sip cocktails, swim, surf or lie and tan but we dont often walk from one end...
Clifton 3rd, South Africa
Cape Town has some spectacular sunsets. It seems obvious, but often when we travel we miss the little things because we're so busy doing and exploring. Whether you watch it over the ocean from a cafe, sitting on a beach, or from the top of a...
Kalk Bay, Cape Town, 7990, South Africa
There is a paved walkway that hugs the water and extends from Muizenburg Beach to Kalk Bay Harbour. Along the way, you pass St. James, which features a tiny little beach, a sheltered cove, and brightly-coloured changing rooms. While parking can be...
Bakoven, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa
Cape Town is a windy city... for those of you who havent experienced it first hand. Windy days are generally not good for going to the beach, but because the Cape Peninsula has beaches on both the east and western facing sides it means that there...
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