In focus: The golden sands of Cape Town’s Clifton Beaches
For every rugged peak, there is a gorgeous stretch of golden sand, situated within a comfortable distance from the city’s CBD. When the word beach is uttered in this area of the Western Cape, only one seaside community comes to mind and it goes by the name of Clifton.
A prosperous neighbourhood sat right beside the Southern Atlantic and unofficially regarded as Cape Town’s answer to St Tropez, the homes of Clifton nestle around an idyllic bay.
Clifton can be accessed via the M6 artery which extends through the suburbs of Sea Point and Bantry Bay from central Cape Town.
Given the natural shelter from the two rocky headlands guarding Clifton’s beaches – of which there are four – there is an air of seclusion from the rest of the coast.
If it’s total seclusion and privacy you crave, Clifton probably isn’t for you given her close proximity to central Cape Town and her subsequent popularity.
However, if its cascading waves, fantastic 360 degree panoramic views between the sea and the mountains and themes surrounding people watching you desire, Clifton Beaches satisfy all these requirements and more.
Luxury apartments in Clifton are amongst some of the most expensive in the Rainbow Nation and it’s not hard to see why with balcony views of small boats gently swaying in the turquoise shallow waters that lap the Clifton Beaches.
Although travellers can catch their tan on all four of Clifton’s beaches on tailor-made negotiations of the Western Cape on South Africa holidays, each individual stretch of sand has its own unique merits.
Young couples and trendy adolescents are advised to flock to Clifton’s first beach whereby a lot of the adrenaline sports such as surfing take place while for the less brave; they can try their hand at volleyball on the shoreline.
Meanwhile, it’s by no means South Africa’s very own Muscle Beach, but the tanned and toned can often be spotted strutting their stuff here.
This is in stark contrast to Clifton’s fourth beach, regarded as the best for families, what with her excellent changing room facilities, snack parlours and Blue Flag status – the gold standard accreditation for seashores worldwide.
With fellow popular hotspots Table Mountain and the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront located just a bus ride away; Cape Town is most definitely a comfortably sized city to negotiate.