As the plane took off from Mauritius I lamented the fact that we were leaving island paradise behind. We’d become quite accustomed to daily beach walks, afternoon dips and sunset gazing over the ocean. But, it wouldn’t be a trip around the world if we stayed in one place, so off to the city and mountains of Cape Town, South Africa we flew. As we made our way from the airport to Hout Bay, I got my first glimpse at the stunning Cape Town beaches along the dramatic western coastline. I was astonished by the high cliffs, extensive stretches of white sand and water such an intense blue it didn’t look real.
Cape Town Beaches: Hout Bay
We are staying in an apartment in Hout Bay surrounded by mountains and flora. It is just a 20 minute walk south to the crescent shaped Hout Bay Beach. The marina and fish markets occupy the western end and huge boulders dominate the beach to the east. A short walk along the path on Chapman’s Peak Drive gives outstanding views back to Hout Bay.
Cape Town Beaches: Camps Bay
Camps Bay, slightly upscale more touristic, is a short (and inexpensive) bus ride north from Hout Bay and faces directly west out to the Atlantic Ocean with Table Mountain proudly standing in the background. The fine, white beach is wide and long enough for a good walk. The main street that runs parallel to the shore is packed with restaurants offering ocean-view seating.
Our first few days in Cape Town have been sunny, but whipping winds and icy cold water are hampering our lazy beach lifestyle and eliminating any chance of an ocean swim. It’s probably all for the best as Cape Town has an abundance to discover – from the city and history to the mountains and wineries – and we’re eager to venture out and explore it.
We want to know: Have you been to any Cape Town beaches? Which ones?