Cape Town's Best Beaches - our favourites
The popularity of Camps Bay beach certainly plays a big role in making Camps Bay our most sought after Cape Town destination, as confirmed by Trip Advisor whose users voted Camps Bay one of the world’s best beaches in 2014. Lined with palm trees and a mile long stretch of lively bars and restaurants, Camps Bay's white sandy beach enjoys a spectacular setting with Table Mountain and the Twelve Apostles mountain range towering high above this upmarket residential community and the bay itself, just 10 minutes from Cape Town city centre.
And if you are lucky you might well enjoy the sight of huge pods of dolphins that often swim very close to Camps Bay beach and even whales can be seen playing in the deep waters of the bay not far off the beach.
Situated just to one side of Camps Bay beach, this small, secluded sandy beach is hidden from Camps Bay behind large rocks, thus entertaining fewer visitors and making it an ideal beach for some quiet relaxation, as well as being a much better surfing beach than Camps Bay itself. It's also a dog friendly beach by day, unlike Camps Bay in summer, so be prepared to share the sand with local pooches and their owners out enjoying a stroll as well.
The small, exclusive suburb of Clifton next to Camps Bay is fortunate enough to boast not one but four unbelievably beautiful white sandy beaches adjoining each other and separate by a pattern of large boulders in between. Better protected than Camps Bay by the steep slopes of Lions Head mountain directly above and behind the suburb, the Clifton beaches are the place to head to sunbathe when Cape Town’s strong south-easterly wind blows in summer.
They are all incredibly beautiful and appealing in their own ways but the most fashionable and famous of the four, numbered Clifton beaches is Fourth Beach, nestled in the curve of towering rocks and overlooked by multi million Rand beach houses perched on the steep lower slopes of Lions Head above. Famous for its beautiful people - Versace and Gucci labels are not uncommon on Clifton Fourth beach - this is very much one of the places in Cape Town to see and be seen.
A few kilometres beyond Camps Bay along the dramatic coast road, Llandudno beach nestles between huge boulders beneath the steep slopes of this small and exclusive residential suburb. Smaller than Camps Bay and more laid-back than Clifton Fourth Beach, this is one of the best spots to relax on the golden sands and enjoy the perfect sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.
The beach has more of local feel to it as well and many Llandudno residents love to come down to the beach in the late afternoon and evening to socialize and walk their dogs and there is a very strong local surfing community here too, grabbing their opportunity to enjoy the powerful waves in the bay before or after work.
Stretching 6 kilometres from the base of Chapman’s Peak Drive, one of the world's most beautiful and dramatic coastal roads, Noordhoek beach is one of our personal favourites – a wild and often deserted wide expanse of sand, that makes for fabulous beach walks or the beach can also be enjoyed on horse back by arrangement with the local stables.
We often walk Noordhoek beach with our dogs, as many locals do, and follow this up with a delicious brunch at one of the cafes or restaurants at the Noordhoek Farm Stall just a short drive away – our own personal favourite Café Roux and it’s excellent “Earl’s All Day” breakfast never fails to do the trick after a long beach walk!
There are not many beaches in the world where you can swim with penguins but the small secluded Boulders beach offers that unusual treat, courtesy of the large local Cape Penguin colony, and warmer waters too, being on the False Bay side of Cape Town, about 50 minutes drive from Cape Town.
Here is a selection of our best properties close to some of these beaches -