There are many excellent beaches around the city of Cape Town to enjoy especially during the summer months from December to February. Which beach you choose in Cape Town really depends on what activity you're in the mood for. For a rundown of watersports, including surfing, diving, sailing, kayaking and kite-surfing in the Cape Town area, see our guide to - Watersports in Cape Town.
The best beaches in Cape Town .....
- To see and be seen is Clifton Beach. Certainly the trendiest of all Cape Town's beaches, filled to the brim with gorgeous young people showing off their bodies. Not a great place for swimming since the the Atlantic is absolutely freezing here.
- For families are the beaches in Muizenburg and Fish Hoek along the False Bay coast. It's warmer than the Atlantic coast so the kids can actually swim and there's a lifeguard on duty as well as plenty of entertainment at the Pavilion.
- For nudists is at Sandy Bay, Cape Town's unofficial nudist beach. It's a bit windy and there are no amenities nearby but it's a beautiful quiet beach.
- To see penguins is Boulders Beach. It's a good spot for kids and while the main population of penguins are now separated from the swimming beach, there are still plenty of penguins who will swim alongside you. A small fee is charged to visit this beach.
- To Watch whales from are those at False Bay in October and November.
- To take long walks on is Noordhoek Beach for 8km's of fine sand with a shipwreck to explore midway.
- To surf at are Camps Bay Muizenberg and Noordhoek. But check our guide to - Watersports in the Cape Town Area and South Africa's Top 10 Surfing Spots, for more information.