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The city of Cape Town, South Africa abounds in natural beauty – from mountain tops to vineyards to an incredible shoreline. While there are numerous Cape Town tourist attractions to see, it would be just as easy to spend Cape Town holidays taking daily beach walks, afternoon dips and sunset gazing over the ocean. During our visit to the city, we were staying in Hout Bay – and as we traveled from the Cape Town airport to our apartment, we got our first glimpse at the stunning Cape Town beaches along the dramatic western coastline.
The Best Cape Town Beaches
The high cliffs, extensive stretches of powder white sand and intense blue water are the common characteristics of the best beaches in Cape Town. The beaches near Cape Town CBD are a must-see when visiting the Mother City. Our list of beaches of Cape Town includes the top beaches – as well as a Cape Town map of beaches and helpful information.
Clifton Beach, Cape Town
Located closest to Cape Town CBD, Clifton Beach, South Africa often ranks in worldwide Top 10 Beaches Lists – and makes almost every list of Best Beaches in South Africa. The Clifton Bay Cape Town is one of the most affluent neighborhoods and the beach is comprised of 4 beaches – simply numbered 1 through 4. The southernmost Clifton Beach, #4, was awarded the Blue Flag for its high standards and is the most popular of the four.
Camps Bay, Cape Town
The Camps Bay beach, just south of Clifton Beach, is the second most-popular of the Cape Town, South Africa beaches. The Camps Bay Beach in Cape Town faces directly west out to the Atlantic Ocean – which makes it a great sunset beach in Cape Town. The famous Cape Town mountain – Table Mountain – proudly stands in the background. The Camps Bay Beach South Africa has fine, white sand and the beach is wide and long – perfect for walking!
The main street that runs parallel to the shore offers several beachfront Cape Town bars and restaurants with ocean-view seating.
Top Tip: The Chinchilla Rooftop Cafe is a top-rated beach bar in Cape Town.
Hout Bay, Cape Town
The Hout Bay Beach is crescent-shaped South Africa beach surrounded by mountains on three sides. The beach, which is popular with local families and residents, marks the beginning of the Chapman’s Peak Drive. With the nearby marina and market, making a trip to the Hout Bay Beach can become a full-day outing.
Cape Town Beaches Map
Use this link to Google Maps to find your way to the Best Cape Town Beaches!
Where To Stay In Cape Town
During our visit to Cape Town, we stayed in Hout Bay in an Airbnb apartment that was within easy walking distance to the Hout Bay Beach. If you are looking for Cape Town waterfront hotels, there are many to choose from! The Camps Bay Hotel, The Bay Hotel, is a popular choice – but you can start your search for all Cape Town Beach Hotels on Booking.com.
We want to know: What are your favorite Cape Town Beaches? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments!
More For Your Trip To Cape Town: Read our top tips and detailed guides for Visiting Table Mountain, A Cape Town Walking Tour, Best Cape Town Itinerary, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town Wine Tasting and the Penguins Of Boulders Beach!
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