Famed for Table Mountain, Robben Island and the eye-catching Green Point World Cup Stadium, it is quite easy to forget that holidays to South Africa in Cape Town can overlook some of the most pristine beaches and glorious coastline that the Cape Peninsula boasts in generous array.
Given Cape Town’s ideal location, some beaches are only a short drive away from popular tourist areas such as the V&A Waterfront and Green Point while others – residing further away – are equally fulfilling given the scenic surroundings when travelling down the picturesque M6 road which hugs the shore of the South Atlantic Ocean.
One of Cape Town’s most attractive oceanside suburbs is Clifton whereby four beaches make up the well revered Clifton Beaches. Perhaps appealing to those without a hire car, this district resides just 10 minutes away from central Cape Town and buses and taxis frequently operate the route which intercepts the suburbs of Sea Point and Fresnaye.
Clifton’s fourth beach will certainly appeal to familiar Westernised tastes on South Africa holidays – what with vendors pacing up and down the white sand while the movers and shakers show off their tanned bodies, Ray Bans and swimsuits.
Of course, while this allows an opportunity to people watch and catch a tan in a trendy district, it isn’t everybody’s cup of tea and at the opposite end of the spectrum, Sandy Bay – located beyond Llandudno on the M6 road – is much more remote and isolated and will appeal to those not hell bent on catching a tan, but instead dipping their toes in the water and being at one with nature and loved ones.
It must be mentioned that Sandy Bay is believed to be Cape Town’s only nude beach community however. The aforementioned Llandudno resort – a short drive north of Sandy Bay – will be the beach you note down prior to travel if you live life on the wild side. Yes, this one’s for the surfers out there!
A 20 km ride out from central Cape Town, Llandudno lies between ocean and the steep highlands of the Oudekraal Nature Reserve and the large fetch of the South Atlantic Ocean makes for optimum surf and body boarding conditions. Be prepared for a spine tingling sensation given the coldness of the Atlantic’s waters however – yes, it’s probably best to try and stay on your board!
Cape Town boasts a plentiful supply of beach suburbs for differing tastes so carry out some further homework and sample the beachside beauty of the Cape Peninsula!