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19 Best beaches in Cape Town

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South Africa, Cape Town, Boulders Beach
Boulders Beach is a beach with penguins being the only one in Cape Town, South Africa. The colony arose in 1982 only, but now it has several thousands species. In addition, there are many huge boulders on the beach, thus looking like Seychelles. There are few coastal areas, where it is possible to swim. Penguins usually gather on the main beach, which is closed for tourists. You can only walk along the wooden pathway (admission fee US$10) to the observation deck. However, sometimes occasional penguins may enter free beach area. / read more » /
Rating: 9.1 (31 votes)

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South Africa, Cape Town, Llandudno beach
Llandudno is one of the best beaches in South Africa. It is located in the luxury district of Cape Town. Due to the strong waves, it is dangerous to swim, but surfing is very good. As it's Atlantic coast, ocean water is always cold. Surprisingly, there are no amenities ashore, except for lifeguards during the high season. / read more » /
Rating: 8.0 (4 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Camps Bay beach, palms
Camps Bay is the most popular beach in Cape Town, South Africa. Cable road to the Table Mountain starts from here. There are picturesque mountains around - so called Twelve apostles. The ocean is very cold, but you may swim in a tidal pool with walm and calm water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.9 (9 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Clifton beaches
Clifton is the most luxury beach in Cape Town, South Africa. It is common to split it into four sections, - starting from the 1st beach in the north (with the strongest waves) and down to the 4th beach in the south (with the calm water). Ocean water is the coldest on the entire Atlantic coast of Cape Town, and even in summer it does not rise above 18°C. But the landscapes are superb attracting crowds of visitors - especially on weekends. / read more » /
Rating: 7.8 (17 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Strand beach
Strand is a great city beach in Cape Town, South Africa. It is a safe place in all respects, suitable for families. There are some waves, but these are usually not very strong. The main beach in Strand is sometimes referred as Melkbaai Beach. There is also a dedicated surfer's spot (The Pipe). / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (7 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Fish Hoek beach
Fish Hoek is a beach in the west of False Bay in Cape Town, South Africa. There are dressing rooms, as well as shark net during the high season. At low tide, you will have to walk to depth for a long time, but on the other hand, there are no strong waves. It is possible to meet seals, coming for fish from locals. / read more » /
Rating: 7.7 (1 vote)
South Africa, Cape Town, Muizenberg beach, shower
Muizenberg is a popular beach in Cape Town, notable for its colorful boat huts. This is a well known surfing spot - especially Surfer's Corner. However, it is also possible to swim here, - but more likely to jump on the waves. There are many historical buildings along the coast, as well as shark watch service on the beach. / read more » /
Rating: 7.6 (3 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Noordhoek beach, white sand
Noordhoek is a long white sand beach in the southern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. This is a purely surfing spot, as swimming in the ocean is impossible due to the strong waves. In addition, another local attraction is a horse riding along the coast. A little to the south, there is a town of Kommetjie. Formally, this is another beach, but de facto it is the same coastline. / read more » /
Rating: 7.4 (2 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Sandy Bay beach
Sandy Bay is a nudist beach being the only one in Cape Town, South Africa. There are always strong waves on the main beach, so it is hard to swim. However, in the north of the bay there are a lot of huge stones, thus protecting swimmers from waves. There are beautiful mountains around, but ocean water is always cold. So this is more a place for relaxation. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (13 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Gordon's Bay beach
Gordon's Bay is the east end of False Bay in Cape Town, South Africa. There are two beaches with good amenities - the main beach and Bikini Beach. While the landscapes are beautiful, the coastline is rather mediocre and does not worth a visit. / read more » /
Rating: 7.3 (2 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Glencairn beach
Glencairn is a small beach in the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. It is best just to walk around, including many hiking trails in the surrounding hills. As for the swimming, it is not very convenient due to the strong waves. However, in the south end of the bay, there is a small natural pool, suitable for children. There is also ship wreck 500 meters off the coast, which is a popular diver's attraction. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (7 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Sunset Beach
Sunset Beach is a beach with white sand in the northern suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. This is an upscale residential area with good view to the Table Mountain and a lot of of cafes. Usually there are strong waves, so this is rather a place for skilled surfers. In the winter half of the year, sometimes it is possible to see whales. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (1 vote)
South Africa, Cape Town, Hout Bay beach
Hout Bay is a fishing village in the southern Cape Town, South Africa. The main attractions are cheap seafood restaurants and boat trips to the island of seals. In addition, this is a world known surfing spot. It is believed, that some distance from the coast, there are the highest waves in the world. Unfortunately, bad chemical pollution often gets to the bay. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (3 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Bloubergstrand beach
Bloubergstrand is a long beach in the northern Cape Town, South Africa. There are no sharks in the water, as it is very shallow. Kitesurfing is the main attraction, while it is hard to swim because of the strong wind. Like everywhere on the north coast, there is an excellent view of the Table Mountain. / read more » /
Rating: 7.2 (3 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Woodbridge beach
Woodbridge is an upscale beachfront resort area in Cape Town, South Africa. This is a strictly secured district, so it is possible to get here only if you have an invitation from a local resident. The beach itself is good - with dunes, calm water and canonical view of the Table Mountain. However, Cape Town may offer beaches being much better, as well as more luxury. / read more » /
Rating: 7.1 (1 vote)
South Africa, Cape Town, Scarborough beach
Scarborough is the southernmost settlement on the Atlantic coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The waves are strong, so you can only make surfing and kitesurfing. However, even when the water is calm, it is better not to swim, as sharks and strong currents may always be a serious danger. It is permitted to walk with unleashed dogs, that is what the most visitors do. / read more » /
Rating: 7.0 (4 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Monwabisi beach, kayaks
Monwabisi is a beach in the central False Bay, Cape Town, South Africa. This is an undeveloped place visited by the locals only. It is good spot for surfing due to the strong waves. However, nearby there is a large artificial lagoon, which is perfect for swimming in a calm water. / read more » /
Rating: 7.0 (5 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Milnerton beach
Milnerton is a beach in central Cape Town, South Africa, with an excellent view of the Table Mountain. In the high season, there are lifeguards on duty, as well as many cafes and restaurants. Depending on the wind there is good surfing or comfortable swimming. / read more » /
Rating: 7.0 (2 votes)
South Africa, Cape Town, Macassar beach
Macassar is a wild beach in the suburbs of Cape Town, South Africa. There are only sand dunes, as well as few abandoned buildings. The locals are mainly fishermen, so there's nothing like any tourist amenities. Surprisingly, this is not a criminal area. But you should understand, that in South Africa complete security is possible only behind the high guarded wall. / read more » /
Rating: 6.9 (1 vote)
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[2017-08-14] Manuel

Cape Town is more preferable for safety. It also has whales.

But on the other hand Johannesburg has superb National Parks with animals.

For a week, I'd prefer Cape Town. But keep in mind, that there is a good avia connections between Cape Town and Johannesburg - including low cost airlines (from 50$ per way). So it is quite possible to visit both cities.


[2017-08-14] Paxton

Cape Town vs. Johannesburg? Safety, attractions... I've got a week in South Africa, and it seems that the distance between these cities is very significant.

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