One of the most well-known beaches in Cape Town, Clifton beach attracts a huge number of visitors and is a haven for international jetsetters. The area is divided into 4 distinct coves, each of which is separated from one another by stretches of granite boulders and have pure white granitic sand.
The 4 Clifton beaches, being well-protected from the south-easterly winds, is really popular for swimming. Each of the four Clifton beaches can be reached by a flight of stairs from the road where finding a parking slot can at times be a tedious task! That does not deter the crowds from going to Clifton beach during the peak season or simply to enjoy the spectacular sundown.
The first Clifton beach, the least crowded, is where many locals go and is very popular among surfers and volleyball players. It is faced by beach front apartments and is a quiet retreat for visitors. Located closest to Sea Point, Clifton 1st enjoys the best waves which explains its popularity with surfers. The water is rather freezing but the gorgeous sand and views make up for it.
The second beach are more preferred by youngsters, mainly by students and beach sports enthusiasts! The third Clifton beach is more for people seeking a quiet retreat and privacy.
The fourth beach lives up to its reputation of being the ideal family beach and has excellent amenities like public toilets, changing rooms and places to grab a bite. Umbrellas and deck chairs are also available on rent.
A Blue Flag beach, the turquoise water and the white sand are easily accessible from the city centre. This is the top beach spot for sunbathing, beach volleyball, frisbee and barbecues. Though the water is not that warm throughout the year, that does not deter the visitors from swimming. Also, the suntanned visitors with their designer sunglasses add a touch of glamour to the 4th beach.
Lined with swaying palm trees and a number of apartments to suit the needs of almost everyone ion the beach esplanade, Clifton beach also has a swimming net, a great children's playground as well as barbecue facilities for all and one to enjoy.
The upmarket suburb of Clifton lies just past Bantry Bay between Sea Point and Camps Bay, against the backdrop of the Table Mountain.