When it comes to beaches we are spoilt for choice. Mother Nature’s beauty in the Cape is varied and vast! One of the main attractions is beach life. Here are some of ‘My Favourite’ beaches that are naturally wild, socially fun and secluded. Enjoy!
Noordhoek Beach: This is my favourite beach for walking my dogs. The vast, open wide space is spectacular! Soft white sand but it’s not a swimming beach. Noordhoek is popular with horse riders and surfers. Two popular surf spots are known as The Hoek and Dunes. There is also a ship wreck called the Kakapo, it’s a good walk but don’t go alone. The first time I saw Noordhoek beach, I was amazed how beautiful it is. Mother’s nature at its best! I love this beach.Location: Chapmans Peak, enter Noordhoek, turn right into Avondrust, then right into beach Rd. Go straight. You have arrived!
Clifton’s Beaches: 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th beaches are all special in their own way. The strongest surf is at 1st beach, 2nd beach is populated by students playing beach volleyball. 3rd beach is known as a venue for gay culture and 4th beach is the largest of the four and the most popular with families. Each beach is separated by granite boulders. B!eautiful white sand, freezing water and natural beauty. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available for rental. Clifton beaches are packed in the summer months, so get there early to get a good spot and of course parking is a pain!Location: Next to Bantry Bay between Sea Point and Camps Bay. There are stairs going down to the beaches off Victoria Road. Try the car park first other than this it can be difficult.
Camps Bay beach: is in one of the most expensive areas in Cape Town and yet it is very chilled. It’s our sunset strip. White sandy beach, lined with palm trees, easy access to the beach, no stairs, sunbeds and umbrellas are available to rent, but not in the greatest condition. It’s an all-day beach, no need to take anything except your towel. You have loads of restaurants on hand to choose from. Surfing and beach activities are fun. Parking is a nightmare.Location: From Cape Town go over Kloof Nek. Stay on the road all the way down until you come to traffic lights on Victoria Road. Turn right and the beach is on your left.
Bakoven Beach: is very small and cute. There’s only a small section of white sand with rocks and boulders on either side. This little piece of paradise is a great place for sunbathing and relaxing. The Twelve Apostles Mountains are such a dramatic backdrop with the contrast of the Atlantic Ocean in front of you. Very secluded and sheltered, great for sun downers.Location: Take the direction Hout Bay from Camps Bay, Bakoven Beach is on your right. Look for a walkway down to the beach between the houses.
Llandudno Beach: Is one of my favourite beaches. White sand, rocks, caves and recreational activities. Llandudno has a great lifesaving system in place. The view is picture perfect and it’s really popular with the surfers, the waves can B! hectic! The water is ice cold so if you going in and you not a strong swimmer B!ware its rough out there. Awesome sunsets for sun downers. You can rent a bed and umbrella. Take drinking water.Location: Take the coastal road for about 15km from Camps Bay. On the right hand side when you see Llandudno turn off and start heading down towards the ocean. Parking can B! difficult
Diaz Beach: is situated in the Cape Point Nature Reserve. It’s about an hour’s drive and worth it. You have to pay to get into the reserve. So why not kill two birds with one stone and do this beach when you go to the Point? It’s secluded, peaceful and very beautiful. But! Watch out for the baboons, they are often on the beach. Don’t leave your car doors or windows open. Baboons steal anything and everything.Location: Follow the M4 to Simon’s Town. When you reach the sign for Cape Point turn into the Reserve Diaz Beach is sign posted
Smitswinkelbaai Beach: is right next to the Cape Point Nature Reserve. It is a tiny secluded beach, popular for snorkelling, diving and fishing. The water is usually quite calm so you can swim. You need to take food, drink and beach equipment to make your day on the beach fun. This is just one more spectacular beach for you to enjoy which overlooks False Bay.Location: About 25 minutes from Simon’s Town, and a few kilometres before the Cape Point entrance gate. There is a steep path down to the beach, park your car and walk.
Boulders Beach: is a tiny beach just outside Simons’s Town. It is a well-protected from the wind by the granite boulders. This quaint little beach has calm water for swimming and snorkelling. The African Penguins have chosen the beach as their home and breeding ground. You can B! among the Penguins while you enjoy a peaceful day on the beach. You can also view the penguins from a boardwalk that is a designated area. There is cost to enter the beach about R15 for Adults and R5 for SA Scholars and Pensioners. Prices are subject to change without notice.Location: Drive towards Simon’s Town. Shortly after the town, you turn left into Seaforth Road. There is a parking area at the bottom of the road. Welcome to Boulders beach.