The Beaches around Cape Town

Author: · March 30. 2009 · Cape Town

Cape Town is surrounded by two oceans. The Indian ocean and the Atlantic ocean. This gives the city and it’s suburbs plenty of beaches to choose from.

Around Cape Town the Atlantic seaboard beaches streches all the way from V&A Waterfront along the north shore of Table Mountain all the way to Hout bay. The beaches are connected by Victoria Road. Clifton is the beach where people go to see and be seen. There are 4 different beaches, 1st to 4th and each are characterized by blue water with the beautiful, pristine white beaches. Next is Camp’s bay, where you can either lie on the beach, play beach volleyball or take a dip in the freezing water. Alternately you could walk or sit on the promanade, have a drink and look at all the people on the beach.
Llandudno is one of the most beautiful beaches of Cape Town, and located in exclusive neighbourhood. Next on the road is Sandy Bay, which thanks to its dunes is mostly protected for the strong winds. This is Cape Town’s nudist beach and is not as crowded as the beaches previously described. The last beach on the Atlantic Seaboard is Hout Bay, which is perfect for horseback riding and walks along the beach. With the mountain in the background you may just experience a superb sunset.

On the Indian Ocean side there are the False bay beaches. These beaches are more popular among the locals and are a bit warmer than the Atlantic Ocean beaches.
Muizenberg is a long beach and perfect for people learning to surf. Because the shallow waters extend quite far out here, this beach is perfect for paddling and learning the tricks of the trade. St James beach and Kalk Bay are both rather small beaches, but they offer a tidal pool that is great for children to play in. Fish Hoek beach is a  beach with calmer waters and is the perfect location for games, swimming and walks along the shoreline. During the season Fish Hoek beach is a great place for spotting whales, which can swim close into the bay. Glencairn beach is good for swimming and watching great white sharks. Just behind Simons Town you can find Boulders beach which is the self declared home of the African penguins. You have to pay to access the beach, but is a great beach for swimming, because the boulders on the beach protect you from the winds.

The many beaches of Cape Town provide you with the possibility to do whatever you want to do on the beach. Whether it is sun bathing, play beach volleyball, surf or go horseback riding, all is possible.

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