Cape Town’s world-class beaches offer residents and visitors a wealth of activities and well-maintained public facilities, whether you're a surfer, a swimmer or after a top sunbathing spot.
The most glamorous beaches are on the Atlantic Ocean where the water is unbelievably cold.
The most popular choices include Camps Bay beach, a long, wide stretch of silver sand packed with locals and tourists alike and backed by a strip of trendy bars and restaurants.
Another favourite is Clifton, where four beaches, imaginatively named First, Second, Third and Fourth, are situated beneath exclusive houses and apartments, set into the cliff that protect sunbathers from the harsh south westerly wind.
First Beach is the largest and most popular with families (the steps are shorter), Second Beach is preferred by the hip crowd, and Third and Fourth are usually frequented by locals and, when the waves are up, surfers. The small suburb of Llandudno, 15 minutes south of Camps Bay, is home to one of the most scenic beaches in South Africa, popular for sundowners on the rocks or long days in the sun. Despite its popularity, Llandudno is seldom too crowded. This is partly because there are no bars or restaurants here.
False Bay is also blessed with lovely beaches and these tend to be more family-friendly and less trendy. The most popular beach for beginner surfers in Cape Town is Muizenberg, which provides the ultimate playground for beginners, with plenty of surf schools.