We have some beautiful beaches in Cape Town.
The beaches on the Atlantic side are absolutely freezing, with an average water temperature of 11 degrees. Those on the False Bay side are warmer but conversely a little less trendy.
Herewith a pick of our best, by category:
Best beach for restaurants:
Camps Bay: Spacious and ideal for families, with loads of restaurants and bars along the front. The background of the 12 Apostles is fantastic! A 15 minute drive from the Hotel.
Best beach for wind avoidance:
Clifton: consisting of 4 beaches and we recommend Clifton 2 - 150 steps below the main road. When the south easterly is howling in Cape Town, come here and you’ll wonder what all the fuss is about. A fifteen minute drive from the Hotel.
Best beach for children:
Very beautiful beach with big boulders to climb on, it is good for surfing but only for the experienced, also walking the dogs or just relaxing. It is a 15 minutes drive from the hotel.
Boulder’s Beach in Simon’s Town
The water is warmer than the above-mentioned beaches. Although it is a small beach, the children will love it – where else can you swim with penguins? It is a 30 minute drive from the hotel.
This is where all the children have their surfing lessons on the weekends. This is also a lot of fun to watch.
Best beach for horse riding:
Noordhoek: This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the peninsula. It is worth visiting the beach just for a chance to drive along Chapman’s Peak, which is known as one of the most scenic drives in the world. Here you will find a 19th Century shipwreck known as the Kakapo. You will also come across a famous chef, Frank Dangereux, who has opened his own restaurant at the Noordhoek Village called The Foodbarn.
Best beach for walking and jogging:
Arguably Bloubergstrand: Just imagine going for a romantic walk along the endless beach while gazing at views of Table Mountain. It is also the best kite surfing and surfing beach.
Best nature beach:
Cape Point: There are also several beaches at Cape Point that are worth a visit. Cape Point is in a nature reserve and the animals roam free, so you may find yourself walking on the beach and discover an eland looking at you.