Theres a beach to suit every mood in Cape Town: Clifton for those who want to see and be seen, Sandy Bay for the nudists, Muizenberg with its colourful bathing boxes for a good swim in warmer waters, Kommetjie for watersports, Fishhoek a quaint seaside village, Houtbay a colourful fishing harbour and craft market, Kalk Bay for antique hunters and Boulders Beach at Simons Town is home to a colony of Jackass penguins.
Most popular beaches in the Cape Peninsula:
Atlantic Seaboard Beaches
Sea Point - Cape Town
Sea Point Beach is accessible via from the road and close to Cape Town CBD. In summer, plan to get to the beach early as parking is very limited.
Camps Bay - Cape Town
Hugely accessible and very fashionable, Camps Bay (a stone's throw from the Mother City) is a good place to flex those muscles. Great roadside cafes for coffees and cocktails and people-watching.
Camps Bay is generally more family friendly as it is bigger and there is more space for games and sandcastles for children, and the young at heart. Deck chairs and umbrellas are available for daily rental.
Hout Bay offers beautiful views of the sea and mountains with a golden beach and offers a perfect base from which to explore the tourist attractions of the Cape Peninsula.
False Bay Beaches
Boulders Beach - Simon's Town
Enormous granite boulders separate the area into mini-beaches with excellent rock pools (great for kids). The beach forms part of a conservation area that is home to the African Penguin and wooden walkways have been constructed to view the penguins in their natural habitat.
The beach itself is small and made up of a number of small coves surrounded by large boulders
Famous for its multi-coloured beach huts Muizenberg is located in scenic False Bay. A recognised Blue Flag beach and a favourite spot for family-inspired beach activities.
The sandy beach is extremely long offering plenty of space for fun and games and facilities are good.
Bikini Beach - Gordons Bay
At the other end of False Bay (about 45 minutes from Cape Town), this intimate Blue Flag beach is located in Gordon's Bay and is known as one of the best beaches around - there's safe swimming and great lunch venues close by.
The popular beaches of Bloubergstrand offer one of the most beautiful and most photographed views of Table Mountain across the sweeping bay. These beaches are popular with families and sports enthusiasts.
Bloubergstrand beach is a classic and visitors can walk for miles here. Windsurfers in particular favour Bloubergstrand when the Cape winds blow.
Where to Stay
Cape Town Accommodation options are numerous; with a large variety of different types spread throughout the Peninsula.