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Cape Town's Beaches
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Clifton Camps Bay Noordhoek Sandy Bay
Llandudno Bloubergstrand Boulders Fish Hoek
St. James Muizenberg
Atlantic Beaches
Cape Town BeachesClifton has four beautiful, sheltered beaches. The scenery is spectacular - both the natural surroundings and the gorgeous bronzed bodies. Each beach attracts its own crowd - Fourth Beach is the place to see-and-be-seen and Second Beach has become one of Cape Town's unofficial gay beaches.

Camps Bay is a long, broad beach set at the foot of a magnificent series of mountain peaks. A popular choice for beach Camps Bay Beachvolleyball, surfing or just soaking up the sun. The beach-side road has a good selection of cafes and restaurants affording great sea views.


Noordhoek Beach is about 25 minutes drive from the city centre. This 8-km sweep of unspoilt white sand, stretching from Noordhoek to Kommetjie and fringed with indigenous forest is often practically deserted. The ideal stretch for long walks or horse rides (horses can be hired from surrounding farms).

Sandy Bay is Cape Town's unofficial nudist beach and a popular gay cruising ground. The beach is tucked away in a spectacular setting about 15 minutes walk from the car park. Completely unpretentious and uncrowded, with great rocks for sunbathing; the perfect place to bare all.

Llandudno is a great little beach tucked between large granite boulders at the foot of the Karbonkelberg mountain peak. Relaxed atmosphere; good surfing; the ideal spot to enjoy a sunset picnic (otherwise known as 'sundowners' - an extremely popular Capetonian pastime).

Blouberg BeachBloubergstrand is a long broad beach about 25km (15 miles) north of the city centre. From here you can see the famous, picture-postcard view of Cape Town and Table Mountain. Big Bayis world renowned for its fantastic boardsailing conditions and is also popular with surfers and paddleskiers.
False Bay Beaches
Boulders is home to a large colony of penguins. It is great fun watching these comical birds waddling across the beach. The large boulders provide sheltered coves and the sea is usually calm.Penguins on Boulders Beach

Fish Hoek is a great spot for long swims in the relatively warm water of the Indian Ocean. There is a casual beach-side restaurant and, further up the long stretch of beach, a dinghy club.

St. James is a sheltered beach with a rocky coast, a coastal catwalk and small, interesting rockpools to explore. The large tidal pool provides safe swimming. A great beach for families.

Muizenberg has moderate waves making it a popular hang-out for body-boarders and novice surfers. Behind the beach is a putt-putt course and a Super Tube (water slide). Muizenberg no longer enjoys the prestige it once possessed.

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