Cape Town South Africa Beach Guide

Cape Town Beach Guide 1

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Winter time in Cape Town means most of the beaches are quite empty, especially early in the mornings (I hear it gets packed around Christmas time and all along the summer weekends). Each of the beaches are special but known for different characteristics. My favorites are St. James and Muizenberg, along the Cape Penisula. Both have the cute huts, but St. James is more of a rocky coastline while Muizenberg is a longer beach with soft sand known for its perfect waves. Muizenberg is home to the city’s surfer community and also the area’s Great White shark population. Interestingly enough, the town pioneered one of the most effective ways to protect surfers from shark attacks by installing a ‘shark watch service’ where designated workers look out over the water on the city’s cliffs and signal alerts when they spot a shark.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough time for a full surfing lesson – that’s on my list for another trip.. perhaps in Bali or Costa Rica. Instead, I walked along the beach, skipped some rocks and got up close and personal with these adorable huts. I took the long route above the city for the drive there and got a spectacular view of the morning sunlight against the slow waves. I took so many videos of the beaches in Cape Town – they really are spectacular and the city is so different from NYC. I can see why people have a great quality of life in the Cape.

If you’re a fellow beach lover, here’s my Cape Town beach guide:


  • Clifton beach: technically 4 beach coves together (called appropriately 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th) with the 4th being the busiest in the summer. Clifton is great for sheltered sunbathing, as the soft white sound is protected by large boulders, shielding the coves from the summer winds
  • Camps Bay: a family friendly beach with a long sandy coastline perfect for children’s’ sandcastles. There’s beach volleyball and many restaurants, cafes and bars to keep you entertained all day long
  • Llandudno: A local’s beach 20km south of the city center, on the way to Hout Bay. This beach is more remote – no restaurants or bathroom facilities here – but with the same lively beach-side vendors, small coves waiting to be explored and scenic views. Llandudno is another Atlantic side beach so the water is still quite nippy but this beach is great for privacy, as a great winding road winds through the area’s local ritzy neighborhood to get to the beach.
  • Noordhoek: the best way to see this beach is from above on the scenic Chapman’s Peak Drive. Long stretches of white sand and constant, slow moving foamy waves make this beach perfect for long sunset walks. Kommetjie beach is further on and both are popular with local families and surfers. I imagine horseback riding here would be just dreamy.
  • Boulders Beach: don’t miss this one! Skip the swimming and head over the local Penguin sanctuary to catch a glimpse of the small, funny little African penguin colony. Check out more of my photos from that day trip here.


  • Muizenberg: a surfer’s paradise has taken over this once glitzy beach. If you’re not a surfer, there’s a local shop to take lessons as well as cafes, a put-put course, and some waterslides. Muizenberg has the longest section of colorful beach huts and a very soft sand coastline.
  • Fish Hoek: popular with the local families with a more relaxed beach front and a play area for kids. Fish Hoek also has a great walkway that winds along the beach and its rock pools, offering spectacular views
  • St. James: a very small beach with a local man-made tidal pool. The waves can be quite strong (less ideal for surfing) and definitely expect to get wet at high tide. It’s possible to walk along a walkway from St. James to Muizenberg. The local commuter train also runs straight alongside the walking path, and I imagine the train passenger views are amazing.


  • Bloubergstrand: come here for the classic postcard shot of Cape Town. Bloubergstrand is popular with sports enthusiasts for its kite-surfing, surfing and whale watching and offers a stunning view of the local landmark, Table Mountain, in the background.

In general, False Bay is about 6 degrees warmer than the Atlantic Seaboard and the West Coast.

Note: These beaches are all ‘suburb’s of Cape Town and accessible by car or the local commuter train. If you’re traveling in the off-season (winter) or on a weekday, strongly consider hiring a taxi for the half day or day as Cape Town isn’t necessarily the safest city for tourists. It’s a driving city, sort of how I imagine LA is, and I was cautioned against any local transportation while in town. Of course, if you’re there for the summer months or a summer weekend, the local trains should be fine.


Which beach would you choose?  

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  1. Joyce
    October 27, 2015 / 10:12 am

    Those sea lions (they’re sea lions right?) are the cutest things ever! I also love those super cute colorful houses on the beach, the colors really fit the mood of the beach. And those waves look perfect for surfing, let’s go surfing together soon :D

    • Sher
      October 29, 2015 / 10:49 pm

      haha yes they’re so cute! i was glad i found a couple that were out of the water

  2. Miranda
    November 3, 2015 / 11:00 am

    This is such a great guide – I especially love Clifton and Fishhoek. Heck, who am I kidding all the beaches of Cape Town are amazing.

    • Sher
      November 3, 2015 / 2:36 pm

      haha yes they really are all amazing! i wish i had time for a surfing lesson, i’d love to go back.

  3. Natasha Amar
    November 3, 2015 / 2:32 pm

    Love the colors in your photos!

    • Sher
      November 3, 2015 / 2:36 pm

      Thank you Natasha!

  4. Megan
    November 3, 2015 / 2:53 pm

    Wow! Looks stunning. I really hope I will be able to use your guides to travel in Capetown this year!

    • Sher
      November 4, 2015 / 6:23 pm

      Hi Megan, thanks for stopping by. Hope you do too!

  5. Laura
    November 3, 2015 / 5:37 pm

    I really love the beaches in Cape Town. I especially liked Fish Hoek, but they are all so beautiful. I could just sit there for hours watching the water.

  6. Ewelina Malina
    November 3, 2015 / 5:49 pm

    I have no clue about places you are writing, but because of this post – surely I am a bit closer and it inspires me :-) to see some of them!

  7. Safari Junkie
    April 9, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    Ohhh, this post brings back memories. been to all beaches on this list! Was swimming with penguins in Boulders Beach, that was unforgettable:)

    • Sher
      April 10, 2016 / 1:15 pm

      Wow – I didn’t realize you could swim with them? Did you do it at Boulders Beach? I thought it was a protected marine area.

  8. Safari Junkie
    April 14, 2016 / 3:52 pm

    It was ten years ago, so things could change. But at that time yes, we were like on the beach, with towels, sunbathing and swimming. The best memories!:)

    • Sher
      April 15, 2016 / 1:22 pm

      oh wow, no wonder Safari Junki! It was like a built out platform with the accessible beach located about a 5-10 min walk away. Would have been awesome to see them up close, guess I need to find the ‘cool’ spots 10 years in advance haha

  9. Marc
    April 26, 2016 / 5:09 pm

    Great post and I have never been there yet not its time to plan one for me. Those pictures are simply amazing.

  10. elisa zaiceva
    April 15, 2018 / 1:09 am

    Wow this was fantastic and helped a ton on our trip to South Africa!

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