Best Beaches in Cape Town


Calling all head-over-heels beach lovers! There truly is nothing like being sun-kissed, salty-haired, sandy-toed & beached-out while spending the day on one of Cape Town’s stunning beaches. In the Mother City, life truly is a beach & we can’t help but love every blissful beachy moment of it & we have absolutely no doubt that you do too!


Best Beaches in Cape Town

Home to some of the most breathtaking beaches in the world, the Mother City is the ultimate beach lover’s paradise. In addition to her glorious array of globally acclaimed beach stunners, Cape Town boasts the most sensational hidden beach gems, which are every bit as magical as they are magnificent. With so much to offer, it’s certainly no surprise that people travel from far and wide to experience Cape Town’s beach magic first-hand.

Whether you’re looking for a stunning secluded beach escape, long stretch of white sand, something a little cooler and quirkier, the perfect fun-filled family Beach, the ultimate surfing hotspot, or a beautiful beach gem where you can simply sit back, relax, and soak up the glorious Cape Town sunshine, the Mother City has the perfect beach for every beach lover at heart.

**Insider Secret: Did you know that Cape Town boasts a whopping 72 beaches with a coastline extending 307km along the West Coast, Cape Peninsula, and the vibrant False Bay? We truly are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where we want to spend the day enjoying every sensational sun-kissed second of what Cape Town’s thriving and thrilling beach scene has to offer!

To guarantee you have the ultimate Cape Town beach experience – We have searched high and low to find you the most beautiful must-visit beaches & stunning hidden beach gems in Cape Town and surrounds to ensure your Cape Town beach bucket list is filled with all the Mother City beach bliss, beauty, adventure, secret spots, hidden treasures, discoveries, and sweep-you-off-your-feet views Cape Town has to offer.

Without further ado, here are some of our favorite and best beaches in Cape Town – all of which will undoubtedly steal your beach-loving heart!

Happy beach exploring Cape Town beach lovers!

#Clifton Beaches (1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th): Cape Town’s GO-TO Beaches

  • Where to find it: Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Clifton 4th Beaches, Clifton, (off M6 Victoria Rd), Cape Town
  • *Blue Flag Status*

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Clifton Beach

You better believe we’re kicking off our list of the best beaches in Cape Town with a BANG (a drop-dead gorgeous bang that is) – the ultimate quadruple beach threat – none other than Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th Beach!

Situated in one of Cape Town’s most sought-after and affluent suburbs, Clifton’s 4 beaches are arguably some of the best & beautiful (hence its bold & breathtaking allure) in the country, if not the world. Referred to as the ‘French Riviera of South Africa’, as well as ranked 2nd on NatGeo’s best beach list, Clifton Beach is at the heart of Cape Town’s vibrant beach scene.

The renowned Clifton Beach comprises of four stunning beach coves, namely Clifton 1st, Clifton 2nd, Clifton 3rd & Clifton 4th beach, each separated by giant granite boulders that protect beach-goers against Cape Town’s unruly ‘south-easter’ wind. The stunning Twelve Apostles Mountain Range backdrop, soft white sand, crystal clear water, and cool and captivating vibe that embodies each of Clifton’s four beaches creates the ultimate beach playground for those eager to soak up the Cape Town sunshine & take full advantage of those hot Mother City summer while enjoying a blissful sun-kissed beach day in Cape Town.

Unoriginally named first, second, third, and fourth beach, each of Clifton’s four coves has its own distinct vibe, each attracting a slightly different crowd & eclectic group of beach-loving locals & tourists of all ages.

  • Clifton 1st Beach: Frequented by tourists, vacationers, and locals staying in the adjacent luxury apartments, the first of the Clifton beaches is tucked away from the busy crowds but just as easily accessible as the others. As its typically less crowded than Clifton’s other three beaches, Clifton 1st Beach is the perfect place to escape the crowds and enjoy a stunning, serene, sun-kissed day by the seaside – all beautifully complemented by the most spectacular backdrop of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. It is pure bliss! In addition to being Clifton’s most idyllic beach escape for both local & international beach lovers, Clifton 1st Beach is also known to have the best waves among the four coves which in turn attracts several surfers and body-boarders to its shores. Boasting bigger and better waves compared to its counterparts means that the current is strong enough for you to delight your inner surfer if you’re ever in the mood for a bit of body or board surfing! If that’s not enough, to top it off, Clifton 1st Beach is also famous for being one of the most spectacular sunset spots in Cape Town. **Extra Note: Clifton 1st Beach is off-leash dog-friendly, should you be traveling with a pup.
  • Clifton 2nd Beach: Clifton 2nd beach is a bit livelier than Clifton 1st beach. It’s also the longest of the four Clifton beaches. This slice of beach paradise is the most popular among the laidback, younger crowd and beach sports enthusiasts. The more active beachgoer can enjoy a game of volleyball, beach bats, frisbee or whatever floats their boat, while the rest can enjoy being sprawled out in the southern hemisphere rays and an all-around wonderful beach day. Clifton 2nd beach truly offers beach lovers the very best of both worlds as it caters to both relaxation and socializing, making it a popular choice for everyone – families, friends, couples, active beachgoers, sunbathers, youngsters, and the young at heart – absolutely everyone is welcome! As an added bonus, Clifton 2nd Beach is ideal for enjoying a sunrise, mid-day and / or sunset picnic as well as beach sundowners as it is one of the more protected beaches on a windy day.
  • Clifton 3rd Beach: Clifton 3rd Beach is particularly well known for being a popular spot and beach for the LGBTQ+ community. The beach has a reputation for being a welcoming and inclusive space for all, with many gay bathers feeling comfortable and accepted there. The beach’s reputation as a safe and accepting space has helped make it a popular destination for LGBTQ+ travellers visiting Cape Town. However, the beach is open to absolutely everyone, with plenty of space to enjoy the sun, sand, and sea. Not to mention the atmosphere is trendy, vibrant, buzzing & thrilling! It’s less crowded than Clifton 2nd and just as perfect for catching a tan as all the other beaches around. There are also often parties scheduled at this beach from Silent Disco Events to Fire Dancers and other shows at Clifton 3rd.
  • Clifton 4th Beach: Clifton 4th Beach is the biggest, busiest, and most popular of the four Clifton beaches. Clifton 4th, undoubtedly the favourite of the four beach coves (just go ahead & ask anyone), is known to attract quite a vibrant mix of beach loving locals and travelers alike – It’s open to everyone and loved by people of all ages, families, and walks of life! From the rich, famous & fabulous flocking to this stunning beach gem’s white sandy shores to sunbathe, head-over-heels beach lovers looking to sit back, relax, and soak up every glorious second of that glorious Mother City sunshine, and loved-up couples eager to spend some serious beachy & blissful one-on-one time together surrounded by the most spectacular views, to kiddies building the most epic sandcastles, youngsters playing vibey beats & beach games, ocean lovers taking a dip in the cool Atlantic & enjoying an array of awesome water sports, and families & friends just having a grand ‘ol time & fun-filled beach day on one of the most beautiful beaches in the world – Clifton 4th Beach has it ALL! Paired with a lively, electrifying & radiant vibe & atmosphere, and one of the most spectacular views & breathtaking backdrops – it definitely isn’t hard to understand why people travel from all corners of the globe to witness and experience just a second of that Clifton Beach magic. To top it off, Clifton 4th Beach also holds Blue Flag status, an international award given to beaches that are clean, safe, offer great amenities, and implement environmentally conscious initiatives.

Although Clifton’s beaches aren’t ideal for swimming, with water temperatures averaging 10°C (50°F), this doesn’t deter anyone from their world-class quality; besides, diving into the icy sea doesn’t seem so bad on those exceptionally hot Cape Town summer days. Step onto the soft, warm sand and hire an umbrella and chairs before making yourself comfortable near the sea, watching as the tide rolls in and out on the shore.

Feeling a little too hot while tanning in the sun? Grab a cold drink or ice lolly (ice pop) from one of the roaming vendors. And when you’re feeling a little peckish, tuck into your packed picnic lunch or pop back up the stairs to the Bungalow Restaurant, located next to the 4th beach parking lot and a quick walk from the other beaches.

On balmy summer evenings, locals love to round off the day with a sunset picnic on a Clifton beach. Head down in the late afternoon and you’ll find a festive atmosphere with blankets spread out on the sand, baskets stuffed with deli-bought goodies and candles ready to burn late into the night. Just be warned: it’s illegal to drink alcohol on Cape Town’s beaches (the popular beaches are policed) and you’ll have to carry all your stuff down from the car park – and back up again – via a long series of steep stairs, so pack light.

**TIP: Clifton is a popular spot during the summer and parking is scarce. If you’re planning on travelling by car, be sure to arrive extra early to secure a spot in the small parking area near 4th beach or along Victoria Road. We’d recommend using Uber to avoid the headache of finding parking. And remember to pack light as all the beaches are only accessible via stepped pathways and winding, narrow staircases.

#Bakoven Beach: Beta Beach & Bali Beach

  • Where to find it: Bakoven Beach | 3 Twenty Steps St, Bakoven, Cape Town
  • Best time to visit: Low tide is best for maximum beach space & sunset of course

There’s ONLY one thing that could make your Cape Town beach experience better, and that is soaking up the glorious Mother City sunshine on one, or in this case two, of the best secret beaches in Cape Town – Introducing the ultimate Cape Town secret beach duo – Beta Beach & Bali Beach at Bakoven!

Best beaches in Cape Town

If you’re eager to escape the large beach crowds & constant city buzz, head straight to Bakoven Beach. Located between Llandudno and Camps Bay, Bakoven boasts a collection of small picturesque secret beach coves, beautiful rock pools, kelp forests, and large granite boulders.

Here’s the best part! Hidden between Bakoven’s giant boulders you will find two idyllic, tucked away beachy spots that feel like a slice of private beach heaven (and who knows, they might be exactly that) – Bali Beach (also known as Robyn’s Beach) and Beta Beach.

Along with being the location of two of Cape Town’s best kept beach secrets, Bakoven Beach’s large looming boulders and breathtaking view of the magnificent Twelve Apostles mountain range, Lion’s Head, Atlantic Ocean, and beyond provides beach-goers with the most extraordinary backdrop, while its sheltered and serene setting and wave-less water draw families, friends, couples, and beach enthusiasts looking to soak it all in from the stunning shoreline and ideal beach escape that is Bakoven and its beautiful beach coves.

Besides being two of the most beautiful hidden beach gems in Cape Town for enjoying a relaxing day of sunbathing, swimming, and total beach serenity, Beta Beach & Bali Beach, along with their large granite boulders, are also two of the best secret sunset spots in Cape Town – talk about a double hitter! So, if you happen to find yourself at either of these beautiful Cape Town beaches at sunset, prepare yourself for quite a spectacular show.

**How to get there: Hidden between Bakoven’s giant boulders you will find two idyllic, tucked away beachy spots that feel like a slice of private beach heaven (and who knows, they might be exactly that) – Bali Beach (also known as Robyn’s Beach) and Beta Beach. The best way to reach Bali Beach is simply to walk along the coastline from Camps Bay tidal pool, and then make your way down a few steps to the sparkling cove below. Beta Beach is situated just a little further ahead and can also be accessed from Beta Road – once parked, simply follow the signs.

#Llandudno Beach: A Serene Beach Escape

  • Where to find it: Victoria Road, Llandudno, Cape Town
  • Best for: Peaceful day at the beach; Beach picnics; Enjoying spectacular sunsets; Surfing; Bodyboarding

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Llandudno Beach

The magical Llandudno Beach is another one of the Mother City’s beautiful local hidden beach gems. Undoubtedly making it one of the top beaches in Cape Town for head-over-heels beach lovers from around the world. Located approximately 20km south of the city of Cape Town, on your way to the coastal town of Hout Bay and Chapman’s Peak Drive, you’ll find the magical beach escape of Llandudno Beach. Although it might be a little bit off the beaten track, it has fast become a favourite among local beach lovers.

Boasting large granite boulders, turquoise ocean waters, stunning serine surroundings and a soft sandy cove, Llandudno is true beach bliss! Besides enjoying a blissful beach day filled with beauty and relaxation in a more tranquil and secluded beach setting, Llandudno Beach and its giant granite boulders has been crowned one of the most spectacular secret sunset spots in the city. Watching the Mother City sun go down from this magical beach spot is one experience you won’t soon forget. Plus, it’s the perfect place to enjoy a romantic picnic or some sundowners with friends.

**As the waves here are perfect for riding the ocean swells, Llandudno is also deemed as one of the top surfing beaches in Cape Town for avid surfers and bodyboarders from around the world.

**Local Tip: There are no shops nearby, so pack everything you need for the day. Also, consider arriving early to find a good spot, as it can get crowded, especially during peak season.

#Camps Bay Beach: The Jewel of Cape Town’s Coastline

  • Where to find it: 63 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
  • Best for: Family fun, sunbathing, beach volleyball, beach & water sports enthusiasts, sunset cocktails & experiencing Cape Town’s vibrant beach culture – it’s an easy transition from the broad beach to the buzzing cafes on the Camps Bay strip.
  • *Blue Flag Status*

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Camps Bay

Of course we had to include one of the most spectacular beach stunners of them all – AKA: Camps Bay Beach – in our list of best beaches in Cape Town.  Located just down the road from Clifton Beach you’ll find the gently curving crescent and pure slice of beautiful beach paradise that is Camps Bay – one of the most (if not THE most) highly sought-after beaches on the Cape coast. Oh boy are you in for a treat as this breathtaking beach attracts an equally breathtaking beach-loving crowd! Beachgoers enjoy volleyball, beach bats, or simply lounging on the golden sands.

Camps Bay buzzes with energy! Boasting a stunning long stretch of white sand, clear turquoise water, fringing palm trees, a vibrant and trendy strip of restaurants, bars, sunset cocktail, and hangout spots (known as the famous Camps Bay Sunset Strip), and a lively energy you absolutely can’t resist, Camps Bay is pure beach perfection. Perfectly complimented by a picturesque backdrop of the Twelve Apostles Mountain Range, Lions Head, and the glorious Atlantic Ocean, it’s no surprise that the captivating Camps Bay has not only made its debut on countless Instagram feeds, travel bucket-lists, postcards, and travel magazines but loudly and proudly established itself as the ultimate Cape Town beach hotspot amongst both locals and tourists alike. With everyone looking to experience just a second of that glorious Camps Bay beach magic!

To top it off, Camps Bay is also known as one of the most sought-after sunset spots in the city. With the Camps Bay beachfront and Camps Bay tidal pool being among the most beautiful sunset watching spots in Cape Town.

Not to mention the famous Camps Bay sunset strip, which has been crowned the ultimate sundowner hotspot in town. Lined with a vibrant mix of colorful pavement cafés, trendy bars and cool beach-front cocktails spots, the Camps Bay sunset strip is the perfect place to enjoy an afternoon or evening drink. When the notorious Cape wind stirs, the beachfront Camps Bay strip becomes a social hotspot. With an array of trendy restaurants and bars, it’s a popular place for locals and tourists to mingle, especially during the summer.

**How to get there: Camps Bay is one of the more accessible beaches close to the city—you can park right alongside it (well, if you’re lucky to get a spot) and pop over if you just want to feel the sand between your toes for a minute. Another bonus: the long strip of restaurants and bars right across the street. The views are amazing, and you can hop over to grab a quick bite or drink before heading back to the sand.

**Dog-Friendly and Family-Oriented: This beach welcomes families and pet owners, making it an inclusive spot for all visitors.

**Local Tip: During the peak summer months, the main beach can be crowded. For a quieter experience, explore the direction of Glen Beach, a hidden gem known for its tranquility.

#Boulders Beach: A Penguin Paradise

  • Where to find it: Kleintuin Road, Simon’s Town, Cape Town

Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, about 40 kilometers south of Cape Town, Boulders Beach is a unique coastal attraction. Famous for its resident African Penguin colony, it offers locals & tourists the rare opportunity to observe these charming & charismatic marine animals in their natural habitat.

Its no surprise that Boulders Beach, together with its remarkable African Penguin colony, has captured the hearts of beach & marine life lovers from around the globe!

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Boulders Beach

Crowned the 62nd most beautiful beach in the world by Flight Network on their World’s 100 Beach list, Boulders Beach has established itself as one of the most sought-after beach destinations for anyone travelling to Cape Town. Boasting large granite boulders, a stunning swimming bay, rockpools, and a spectacular backdrop – It will almost feel like you’ve escaped to your own little piece of beach paradise.

What makes a visit to Boulders Beach extra special is it’s cute and charismatic colony of African Penguins that have claimed the beloved Boulders Beach as their own. It is home to an amazing African Penguin Viewing Site – the boardwalks provide excellent vantage points to watch the penguins – as well as Boulders Beach where you can actually spend the day on the beach with these cool Cape Town ocean locals.

The beach itself, set among large granite boulders, creates a picturesque setting for wildlife viewing. That’s certainly not all! As the ocean water here is slightly warmer, it makes it ideal for swimming as well as a variety of other water-based experiences & adventures too! The sheltered coves also offer safe swimming spots, perfect for young children – this gives the whole family the opportunity to join in on all the beach fun!

It’s no surprise that a visit to this beautiful beach gem has become one of the top things to do in Cape Town for locals and travelers alike. Not to mention that it is also one of the only places in the world where you can actually get up close and personal with the charismatic African Penguins. Making it a bucket-list worthy experience in every way.

**Note: Visitors will need to pay an entrance fee (which forms part of a conservation project) to gain access to the African Penguin Viewing Site and Boulders Beach. Your ticket is valid for the entire day. You can choose to exit and re-enter as it suits you (this only applies to the day your ticket was purchased).

**Local Tip: Visit early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the crowds and have a more intimate experience with the penguins.

~ Visit the SANParks website for more information regarding Boulders Beach’s Conservation Fees. ~

#Cosy Beach

  • Where it’s hidden: On Victoria Road out of Camps Bay, after about 4km you will spot the sign and small parking area. (If you pass the 12 Apostles Hotel, you’ve gone too far.)

Located right across from the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa and just beyond the highly sought-after and widely renowned Camps Bay Beach, right where the giant boulders are, is another one of Cape Town’s stunning secret beaches – Cosy Beach. Often referred to by locals as Oudekraal Beach’s ‘little sister’, Cosy Beach offers beach-goers the same stunning scenery, spectacular views, and shallow water (perfect for taking a refreshing dip) than Oudekraal, just without the extra entry fee and braai facilities. It’s safe to say that Cosy Beach both looks and feels like a magical discovery right from the moment you arrive.

To get to Cosy Beach, from the busy road, you must make your way down a steep wooden staircase tucked alongside the concrete embankment – this will lead you right to your desired destination. In addition to its secret and serene location, Cosy Beach boasts a stretch of golden sand, turquoise ocean water, magnificent views, and a true escape from all the noise and constant action. This stretch of the Atlantic is truly pristine, and the giant granite boulders scattered around the beach not only creates a more intimate and tranquil setting but ensures calmer waters in this little cove and slice of beach paradise. As an extra bonus, Cosy Beach is also sheltered from the wind, plus, the trees that line the back of the beach provides additional shade from the often-harsh Cape Town sun.

In addition to enjoying a relaxing, blissful & sun-kissed beach day on one of Cape Town’s beautiful secret beaches, Cosy Beach is also great for picnicking, taking a dip in the crystal-clear waters, as well as exploring the maze of boulders (which stretch out deep into the water). This makes a kayak adventure a great option too, especially for exploring!

#Muizenberg Beach: A Surfer’s Delight!

  • Where to find it: Beach Road, Muizenberg, Cape Town
  • *Blue Flag Status*

Surf’s up, sun-kissed, salty-hair, and sandy-feet is Muizenberg to a T!

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Muizenberg Beach

Located along the vibrant False Bay coastline, approximately 27km (around 30 minutes) from the Cape Town City Centre, the captivating seaside suburb & cool beachfront neighborhood of Muizenberg is known for its laid-back beach vibe, and surfs-up, suns-out approach to life.

Yeah, the cool, quirky, and charismatic Cape Town neighborhood of Muizenberg is all about the surf, sun, and epic beachfront-fun, and we wouldn’t want it any other way – trust us, neither would you. In fact, one of the best things about Muizenberg is (and trust us, there are BUCKET-LOADS) that it doesn’t matter whether you’re young or young at heart, this charming Cape Town coastal neighbourhood welcomes absolutely everyone with wide-open arms – because in Muizenberg it’s all about chilled vibes and good surfing times, and EVERYONE is invited to join in on all the beachy fun it has to offer! That means YOU too! This undoubtedly makes Muizenberg Beach one of the best beaches in Cape Town – hands down!

Muizenberg’s die-hard surfing culture has proudly (and loudly) earned it the title of being the ULTIMATE surfing hotspot in Cape Town for amateur, avid, and expert local and international surfers from around the world. And with great reason too!

In addition to being the go-to surfing destination for daring & thrill-seeking global wave-chasers eager to catch their next BIG ‘break’, Muizenberg’s famous Surfer’s Corner is widely regarded as one of the top (if not THE top) surfing spots in the Mother City for keen beginners and surfing first-timers of ALL ages who are eager to learn how to surf – how gnarly is that?! Which is an epic experience absolutely everyone should add to their Cape Town bucket-list.

Speaking of all things beachy, Muizenberg’s Surfer’s Corner is not only the best place to learn how to surf, but also one of Cape Town’s most famous beaches. Not to mention its most beautiful & highly sought-after blue-flag swimming beaches. As a result, Muizenberg Beach is known to attract quite the beach-loving crowd from just about every corner of the globe. It’s blue-flag swimming beach status also makes it incredibly popular among families eager to enjoy a fun-filled family beach day, all while soaking up every single second of the glorious Mother City sunshine and beach bliss their beach-loving heart desires – Oh, and thanks to its warmer waters take a lovely dip in the ocean too – why not??

However, while this cool Cape Town neighborhood is certainly all about celebrating laid-back beach vibes & epic surfing times, there is far more to Muizenberg than what meets the eye. In fact, it aims to offer locals, travelers, tourists, holiday-goers, adventure-seeking globe trotters, and potential new residents the perfect blend of sun, sea, and sand, paired with a healthy (and maybe even a little hefty) dose of thrill & adventure thrown in.

Why not embark on an exciting walk along the beach, take a dip in the ocean, go sailing, try some kitesurfing, enjoy an exhilarating paddle-boarding excursion, go scuba diving, or grab a surfboard and hit the waves at Muizenberg Surfer’s Corner. Aside from surfing lessons (which are only available at Muizenberg’s Surfer’s Corner), all of the aforementioned watersports are offered at both Muizenberg’s Surfer’s Corner as well as the Greater Zandvlei Estuary Reserve close by.

It doesn’t end there! Boasting an incredible variety of chilled bars, must-visit sundowner spots, trendy hangouts, quirky, yet captivating, cafés, seaside eateries, and several sought-after beachfront restaurants, there is undoubtedly something for absolutely anyone and everyone to enjoy at Muizenberg Beach!

#Water’s Edge Beach

  • Where to find it: Between Seaforth and Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town, Cape Town
  • Best time to visit: It is best to visit this secret beach during Cape Town’s good weather days, especially if the wild southeaster is whipping up the other beaches in False Bay
Best Beaches in Cape Town - Water's Edge

Photo credit: flickr

Located right next to the popular Boulders Beach and its beloved African Penguin Colony, Water’s Edge is by far one of the most spectacular secret beaches and hidden beach gems in Cape Town (it’s certainly one of my personal favorites). Completely hidden from the masses, this is one secret beach you wouldn’t know even existed unless you had the local inside scoop.

So, how exactly do you reach this slice of beach paradise? From Boulders Beach and its famous African Penguin Viewing Site, continue walking along the path until you see a small wooden gate. Although at first sight it may seem like you shouldn’t go any further, completely ignore this initial instinct, open the gate, and head on through. Trust us, you’re about to discover one of Cape Town’s best kept beach secrets.

Continue making your way down the nature path until you start seeing the beach. Once at the beach, you will need to climb down and over a few rocks (all part of the adventure) and voilà, you’ve arrived!

Water’s Edge is a beautiful, sheltered beach oasis boasting large granite boulders, crisp white sand, and turquoise ocean waters. As its located right next to Boulders Beach, there’s a very good chance (in fact, about a 99.9% chance) that you’ll spot several African Penguins, strolling along the coastline and beach, weaving their way between all the beach goers, as well as swimming alongside you in the ocean.

While witnessing these glorious endangered marine life species so up close is nothing short of remarkable – right up there with the very best of them – it is of utmost importance that you respect these extraordinary ocean beings at all times and abide by the rules and regulations laid out.

In addition to African Penguins, keep a look out for other great marine life sightings while enjoying an amazing beach day at Water’s Edge.

Water’s Edge is a great family-friendly option. Keep the kids busy for hours hunting for starfish in the rockpools. On the side of the beach you can also set up for the day under the trees or relax on the granite boulders. It is also perfect for swimming, snorkelling, diving, and picnicking.

#Oudekraal Beach

  • Where to find it: Oudekraal, Victoria Road, between Llandudno and Camps Bay

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Oudekraal Beach

Tucked away in a sheltered cove between Camps Bay and Llandudno, Oudekraal is not only one of the best beaches in Cape Town, but one of the best braai spots too. Oudekraal Beach boasts approximately 40 private braai spots as well as several stunning picnic spots scattered along the lawns above the sheltered cove and sandy beach below. This undoubtedly makes Oudekraal one of the best beaches in Cape Town to enjoy a fun day out with family and friends in the Mother City.

The beach is surrounded by large granite boulders that keep big waves at bay, making it the ideal place to swim, especially for the little ones. The water is also calm enough for snorkelling near the shore – adding an extra dose of adventure and thrill to an already exciting braai and beach day in Cape Town. All this paired with breathtaking views, a more sheltered and secluded location, and plenty of cool rockpools scattered about makes Oudekraal the perfect beach spot for families as kids can have tons of beach fun while you sit back and relax.

**Tip: Because of its popularity and stunning beach location, the braai spots at Oudekraal can get snatched up pretty quickly. It is important to arrive early to secure a top spot.

**While Oudekraal Beach is one of Cape Town’s paying beaches, it will be well worth every cent spent. Click here to find out more about Oudekraal Beach’ Conservation Fees.

#Bloubergstrand: Big Bay & Little Bay

  • Where to find it: Marine Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
  • Big Bay: Eden on the Bay, Otto du Plessis Drive, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town
  • Little Bay: Stadler Rd, Bloubergstrand, Cape Town

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Bloubergstrand

Boasting one of the most magnificent views of the majestic Table Mountain in the entire city, Bloubergstrand is one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. Located approximately 20 minutes from the city centre along the Cape West coast, the beloved Bloubergstrand is a scenic treasure trove perfect for a fun-filled beach day with the whole family. Besides stunning views of Table Mountain, the glorious ocean and Robben Island, Bloubergstrand is home to a beautiful long white sandy beach, a vibrant boardwalk and a lively beachfront lined with cool bars, restaurants, laid-back hangouts and sundowner spots.

Bloubergstrand is also one of the coolest surfing spots in the city. However, being the renowned windy wavemaker of the Cape west coast, means Bloubergstrand is not only a top Cape Town surfing hotspot, but the ultimate global kitesurfing destination too. Establishing itself as one of best kitesurfing beaches in the world, Bloubergstrand is known to attract quite the local and international kitesurfing and surfing crowd. Sitting on the Bloubergstrand beachfront and seeing the sky light up with a vibrant array of colours as avid kitesurfers take to the water to show off all their cool skills, is quite a spectacular sight.

Besides the main Bloubergstrand beachfront, Big Bay and Little Bay are another two of Bloubergstrand’s top beaches. Big Bay boasts a laid-back swimming beach, making it the perfect place to enjoy a fun-filled beach day. Big Bay is also a popular spot for surfers and bodyboarders. Not to mention its lush lawns and vibrant strip of beachfront restaurants, bars and sundowner spots. Little Bay, the smaller counterpart of the surfers’ Big Bay, is a more secluded beach escape. It’s quitter beach setting and lovely rockpools scattered about makes it the perfect place to enjoy a fun beach day with the whole family.

#Hout Bay Beach

  • Where to find it: Hout Bay Beach, Beach Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Hout Bay

Time to gather all your friends and family and enjoy a wonderful, fun-filled, and laid-back Hout Bay Beach day. Stretching for almost a kilometre along the Atlantic Ocean, this long, sandy beach faces a bay framed by mountains, boasting exceptional views all around, with the white powdery sand dividing the cliffs of Chapman’s Peak and the charm of the lively Hout Bay Harbour.

Whether you’re eager to take a refreshing dip in the cool Atlantic waters, ride the epic Hout Bay waves, soak up the glorious Mother City sunshine, build a sandcastle and moat with the kiddos, or simply sit back and relax as you crunch the soft white sand between your toes and admire the magnificent views that surround you as the kids and dogs (Hout Bay Beach is pet-friendly) play around in the surf. There is no denying that the stunning Hout Bay beach is perfect for a fabulous day out in the Mother City.

As the bay waters are calm, everyone is welcome and free to swim and have an absolute blast of a time in the cool and refreshing ocean water. Watersports are also highly encouraged at Hout Bay Beach with the occasional windy days keeping the kite-surfers and sailors happy.

#Glen Beach

  • Where to find it: Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town

Best Beaches in Cape Town - Glen Beach

Tucked between the bustling beaches of Camps Bay and Clifton, Glen Beach offers a more secluded and intimate beach experience. It is a haven for those seeking a tranquil escape from the crowds. Glen Beach’s tucked-away location ensures a quieter ambiance, perfect for relaxation and quiet contemplation.

Glen Beach is surrounded by large boulders, which means its well sheltered from the wild Mother City winds. This gives you the opportunity to enjoy a whole day of fun in the sun without being blown away. Paired with spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean and majestic Twelve Apostles mountain range, Glen Beach is pure beach bliss!

Glen Beach is popular among surfers, offering consistent waves and a less crowded lineup. Sunbathers can unwind on the golden sands or explore the rocky outcrops and rock pools that provide a unique opportunity to discover fascinating marine life.

To top it off, Glen Beach is also one of Cape Town’s top beachy sunset gems – As the sun sets over the Atlantic Ocean, the beach transforms into a magical setting, with hues of orange and pink painting the sky.

#Long Beach, Kommetjie

  • Where to find it: Surfway Road, Kommetjie, Cape Town

Best Beaches in Cape Town

The stunning seaside town of Kommetjie has established itself as one of the Mother City’s most sought-after destinations. With the beautiful Long Beach having a lot to do with it. Boasting a long stretch of white sand, crystal clear turquoise water and unapologetic scenic beauty, Long Beach is one of Cape Town’s best beaches. Besides it’s incredible natural beauty and laid-back beach vibe, Long Beach is by far one of Cape Town’s top surfing hotspots. It has been known to attract quite the cool surfing crowd, with avid surfers travelling from all around the world to experience Long Beach’s epic waves first-hand. Long Beach also provides the perfect waves for longboarders, kneeboarders, bodyboarders and stand up paddleboarders. Giving everyone the opportunity to join in on the Long Beach ocean fun.

Besides being one of the top surfing spots in the city, Long Beach is the perfect place to enjoy a fun-filled family beach day. Whether you’d like to go sunbathing, sandcastle building, surfing or enjoy a stunning sunset stroll along the beachfront, Long Beach is the perfect beach to do it all!

#Queens Beach | Sea Point

  • Where to find it: Queen’s Beach, Beach Road, Sea Point, Atlantic Seaboard, Cape Town

While the hip & happening seaside suburb of Sea Point is best known for its famous Sea Point Promenade and several bustling beaches, including Sea Point itself, Rocklands, Granger Bay, and Saunders beach, there are several small beaches, with one hidden beach gem in particular, to be found in and amongst the hustle and hype – believe it or not. Tucked away off its famous promenade, at its southern most end, is the lovely, yet somewhat forgotten & overlooked, secret beach known as Queens Beach. Located a mere 5-minute stroll from the popular Sea Point swimming pool, Queens Beach offers beach lovers a quiet, secluded, serene, and wind-free beach escape where you can sit back, relax, and soak up all the glorious Mother City sunshine your heart desires.

In addition to it being one of Sea Point’s best-kept beach secrets, Queens Beach also boasts what the locals call a “big and mushy” break for surfers, plus a stunning stretch of white sand to sunbath & laze on and, for families with kids, a wide array of rock pools filled with starfish and tons of interesting shells as well as plenty of large rocks and boulders for kiddos to clamber over.

While there are no lifeguards, the swimming is generally safe. Like all Atlantic seaboard beaches, however, the Benguela current means the water temperature is what can only politely be called cold. Although in summer, when temperatures hit the upper 30s, locals prefer to call Atlantic seaboard swims “refreshing” rather than “refrigerating.”

#Platboom Beach | Cape Point Nature Reserve

  • Where to find it: Cape of Good Hope Nature reserve, Cape Point, Atlantic Coast, Cape Town, Western Cape

While the renowned Cape Point Nature Reserve boasts several secluded and remote beaches, Platboom Beach is by far the most unspoilt and untouched secret beach of them all.

Platboom Beach’s wonderfully wild unapologetic beauty is almost unparalleled. In fact, once there, you may feel like you’ve escapes to a whole new world entirely. Boasting crystal-clear water, a magnificent setting, beautiful surroundings, sensational views, a stunning shoreline ideal for undisturbed and serene strolls, mesmerizing chalk-white dunes and rocky outcrops perfect for exploring, Platboom Beach is definitely one-of-a-kind.

Access runs past Dias Cross, though some recommend the north-south hike from Gifkommetjie (a 4km route). With captivating coastal views and an abundance of pristine surrounding fynbos and some fauna wondering about, especially ostriches and baboons (whatever you do, DO NOT FEED THEM), this white expanse of sand on the western side of the Point is largely deserted, making it one of Cape Town’s most unchartered secret beaches.

As Platboom Beach is very exposed, it’s a great spot for both kitesurfing and windsurfing – however, it is strictly reserved for skilled and experienced professionals. Swimming is not recommended. This is primarily due to Platboom’s extreme seclusion. That being said, you can definitely wade a little and have some fun in the cool Atlantic Ocean waters. It is also a popular spot for birdwatching, picnicking, and photography.

**Where it’s hidden: Some 4.9km from the heart of Cape Point Nature Reserve (after passing the Buffels Bay turn-off, take the next right turn to Platboom Beach / Dias Beacon).

Visit the Cape Point Nature Reserve website for more information.

#Diaz Beach | Cape Point Nature Reserve

  • Where to find it: Diaz Beach, Cape Point, Cape Town, Western Cape

Nestled within Cape Point Nature Reserve, Diaz Beach is a hidden treasure that extends as far as the eye can see. With stunning waters and dramatic cliffs over 650 feet high, it’s truly a sight to behold. The 20-minute walk down a series of wooden steps is worth every step. Watch as surfers ride the clean six-foot shore break, and while the water might tempt you for a swim, the currents can be quite strong. Instead, stroll around the cliff at the far end of the beach to visit the resident seal colony. Diaz Beach is a peaceful retreat, but look out for mischievous baboons who may want to get their hands on your belongings.

While Diaz Beach is certainly more popular than the secluded and unchartered Platboom Beach, it is still one of Cape Town and Cape Point’s most breathtaking secret beaches and hidden gems, unlocked and discovered only by a select few of Cape Point Nature Reserve’s numerous daily visitors. Located literally at the tip of Cape Point (on the western side), the stunning setting, beyond beautiful surroundings, and sweep-you-off-your-feet views will without a doubt render you speechless.

This small secret beach, tucked away on the north-western side of the Cape Point Nature Reserve, is edged by wild fynbos, and offers blissful beach lovers and avid adventurers & keen explorers the incredible opportunity to discover at least three shipwrecks, which bears testament to the ferocity of the infamous Cape of Storms. It is also a marine protected area and has a nearby shallow lagoon, which is a major draw for a host of wonderful coastal birdlife to the area.

In addition to Olifantsbos being one of Cape Point’s best-kept beach secrets, it also boasts a variety of exciting secret pleasures! From great birdwatching (and sometimes the occasional bontebok sighting too), and several well-marked & exhilarating hiking & walking trails (including the Shipwreck and Sirkelsvlei hikes), to delightful beach walks along its pristine shoreline, and breathtaking surrounding views – a trip to Cape Point’s Olifantsbos Beach is most definitely worth your while.

**Where it’s hidden: Follow the gravel footpath from the main car park at Cape Point Nature Reserve, which then swings right and becomes a wooden boardwalk.

#Olifantsbos | Cape Point Nature Reserve

  • Where to find it: Cape Point, Atlantic and False Bay Coasts, Cape Town, Western Cape

This small secret beach, tucked away on the north-western side of the Cape Point Nature Reserve, is edged by wild fynbos, and offers blissful beach lovers and avid adventurers & keen explorers the incredible opportunity to discover at least three shipwrecks, which bears testament to the ferocity of the infamous Cape of Storms. It is also a marine protected area and has a nearby shallow lagoon, which is a major draw for a host of wonderful coastal birdlife to the area.

In addition to Olifantsbos being one of Cape Point’s best-kept beach secrets, it also boasts a variety of exciting secret pleasures! From great birdwatching (and sometimes the occasional bontebok sighting too), and several well-marked & exhilarating hiking & walking trails (including the Shipwreck and Sirkelsvlei hikes), to delightful beach walks along its pristine shoreline, and breathtaking surrounding views – a trip to Cape Point’s Olifantsbos Beach is most definitely worth your while.

#Dalebrook Beach

  • Where to find it: Dalebrook Beach and Tidal Pool, Dalebrook Road, Kalk Bay, False Bay Coast, Cape Town

Cherished for its hidden charm, Dalebrook holds a special place among locals. Lying alongside Muizenberg, Kalk Bay, St James, and Danger Beach in False Bay, this beach and tidal pool are a well-kept secret. To reach it, you’ll venture through a small tunnel under the railway line and emerge to find a glorious expanse of sand waiting for you.

Compared to its more sociable counterpart, Saint James tidal pool, Dalebrook offers a sheltered haven that is rarely crowded. Its cleverly constructed concrete walls allow waves to break gently, creating a safe and enjoyable swim. On your way back, treat yourself to a delightful coffee and pastry from Dalebrook Café, or take a trip to nearby Kalk Bay (a 10-minute walk) for a leisurely lunch. This little gem is surely one of the best beaches in Cape Town.