A beach holiday is the best way to relax and unwind. South Africa was one of the first countries outside of Europe to earn Blue Flag status for some of the gorgeous beaches, and many are situated in the Western Cape.
With the blend of two oceans, the Atlantic and Indian, the Western Cape is an unrivalled holiday destination. The West side of the Cape Peninsula is known as the more cosmopolitan and busy region of beach. Stretching from the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, to Hout Bay, beaches along this section enjoy longer sunshine hours, less wind and marvellous sunsets. The West side of the Cape Peninsula is a generally more laidback, and more family-oriented region of beach.
Bloubergstrand lies on the West Coast of Table Bay, a mere twenty minutes away from Cape Town Central. Picturesque and offering you a panoramic view of Table Mountain, ultimate relaxation can be found on its sandy beaches, which are also famous for kite surfing, paragliding and a wide range of beach sports. Wave jumpers and colourful hobiecats are a regular sight along the coastline, and Robben Island is within swimming distance of Bloubergstrand.
Clifton is renowned as an exclusive area and with good reason – its popularity as a playground for the well-heeled grows daily. With four beaches, mostly wind-free all year, you can look forward to a fun-filled day amongst the fortunate and fabulous at Clifton Beach. With spectacular views of Lion’s Head, Clifton offers you a bustling experience of bliss. 4th Beach is the most popular Clifton destination during summer, and is a Blue Flag beach.
Camps Bay is a favourite destination for visitors. The cosmopolitan beachfront is vibrant throughout the year and people throng the pavement cafes and restaurants enjoying the ambience. All of Cape Town’s attractions are close at hand, so go ahead and watch the para-gliders go by whilst you sun yourself on Camps Bay beach, or sip a cocktail at one of Cape Town’s trendy cocktail bars.
Sea views, privacy and security are the main features of Llandudno, along with luxurious accommodation resorts and facilities. Quiet and tranquil, it is still popular with the sporting types, and your beach ball won’t go to waste on these fine white sands. Whilst Llandudno is near to some of the most popular areas Cape Town has to offer, one of the beauties of Llandudno is being able to relax in peace and observe the magnificent sunsets from your patio.
Hout Bay boasts Chapman’s Peak Drive – etched into a mountain, this drive gives you an exquisite view of the sea and surrounds. The harbour is always alive with activity, including the Sunday craft market. Moreover, the good old home-made fish and chips found at the nearby restaurants will have you coming back for more. Originally a small fishing village, Hout Bay is now a favourite with visitors with its traditional harbour and many restaurants and curio shops. It’s also a favourite amongst windsurfers, paddleskiers and surfers and is ideal for walking.
Noordhoek is one of Cape Town’s most treasured destinations. Rustic yet charming, Noordhoek offers a wide range of activities, accommodation and stretches of beautiful beach. Nestled at the foot of Chapman’s Peak, the charming village atmosphere will lull you into relaxation, but definitely not boredom.
Kommetjie’s name comes from “Little Bowl”, which refers to the sheltered natural tidal pool that provides holiday makers with safe bathing. Rustic and charming, Kommetjie is famous for its surfing, fishing and abundant bird life. Long Beach is one of Cape Town’s most popular surfing, beach and competition venues, as it offers big waves and azure seas. The Snake Park, Camel Rides and Light House are also popular attractions and holiday makers will easily find affordable accommodation here.
Boulders Beach is home to a flourishing colony of the vulnerable African Penguin. As such, it provides both penguins and visitors a secure and sunny seaside experience, coupled with an adventure that your children will remember forever. Boulders Beach forms part of the Table Mountain National Park and although set in the midst of a residential area, it is one of the few sites where the African Penguin can be observed at close range, wandering freely in a protected natural environment and bordered mainly by indigenous bush. The penguins are not the only attraction, as the beach itself is a wonderful swimming spot and you’d be hard pressed to find another such natural attraction.
A quaint and quiet town, Fish Hoek is mainly populated by retirees but, its busy main street is buzzing with market stalls and eager shoppers. The long sandy beach is safe for bathing and body boarding, whilst hobie-cats and windsurfers take to the waves when the wind picks up. Whale-spotting is a popular attraction in Fish Hoek, alongwith dolphin-sighting and a plethora of natural valleys.
Muizenberg is the gateway to the South Peninsula and features gorgeous stretches of white sand, for as far as your eye can see. The constant small waves make it a popular destination for body boarders and surfers. Muizenberg is well-known for its super tubes and paddling pools too. But, if paddling in the waves is not your scene, the nearby putt-putt course, hiking trails and regular kite-surfing activities are sure to excite you.
About 45 minutes outside of Cape Town are the Helderberg region beaches of Strand, Gordon’s Bay and Bikini Beach. This stretch of coastline offers spectacular views across False Bay with the Peninsula in the distance. A seaside resort town, Strand is situated ten kilometres away from the inland town of Somerset West. Great sea views and a warmer Indian Ocean current make the Strand a popular swimming spot, and during summer tourists flock to this area. Water sports enthusiasts also find Strand a marvellous venue, and the promenade is lined with cafes, shops and restaurants. Strand offers a long stretch of sandy beach with safe and shallow waters ideal for children. Gordon’s Bay is set in a sheltered bay, with rock pools to explore and a promenade for walks. Cafe’s, restaurants and ice cream parlours are readily available along the adjacent beachside road. The sandy, white Bikini Beach is well-sheltered and popular with dedicated sunbathers.
Please feel free to take a look through our accommodation spots on the beach.