Beaches in Cape Town
Long stretches of spectacular beaches...crystal clear water and pristine lagoons...welcome to Cape Town beaches!
Stretching over a coastline of 307 km, Cape Town prides itself over many sun-kissed white sand beaches. The transparent waters of the oceans are set against an azure sky and provide refreshment for the eyes.
Indeed, the Cape Town beaches provide great sights and views and offer a relaxing retreat from the fret and stress of daily life for the local people. They are also scenic draw-cards for thousands of tourists who flock to bask in the splendor of the beautiful beaches.
It is interesting to note that the Cape Peninsula is the place where 2 oceans, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean seamlessly blends. To be more precise, Cape Aghulas is the spot where the warm waters (Indian Ocean) meet the cold waters (Atlantic Ocean).
The Cape Town beaches are primarily divided into 3 regions:
Be it the vibrant Clifton beach or the Big Bay beach, each of Cape Town's beaches has something unique to itself to offer to everyone.
False Bay, one of the most serene and striking stretches of coastline, is the largest bay in South Africa and counts among the great bays across the globe. Known for its splendid beauty, False Bay covers several small coastal villages in a swooping curve rom Hangklip in Pringle Bay to Cape Point and caters to the needs of every visitor, offering adventure, leisure, great food and fun!
The most popular beaches at False Bay are:
Known as Cape Town's “Riviera”, the Atlantic Seaboard stretches from the lighthouse at Mouille Point just before the V & A Waterfront on the northern shore of Table Mountain all the way down to the picturesque Hout Bay.
The Atlantic Seaboard is balanced on the sea's edge and because it is protected from the prevailing south east winds by the Table Mountain range, it is a popular summer destination.
The most popular beaches at the Atlantic Seaboard are:
The region of West Coast is the last segment of the coastline of Cape Town. The West Coast is bordered by the Atlantic ocean on the west with its cold Benguela Current which impacts its ecology. It stretches from Cape Town up to the Northern Cape. With long sandy beaches to the North of Cape Town, the West Coast is a favourite among surfers and kite surfers.
Much of the natural resources in West Cape remain undiscovered, unspoilt and 'un-commercialised'! This includes the beaches on the West Coast as well.