Best Beaches in Cape Town

September 8, 2014 11:38 am

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I’m the Cape Town Local Expert for Travel + Leisure magazine! I’ll be sharing my picks for where to eat, physician stay, shop and what to do in my gorgeous adopted hometown. Given that summer is finally upon is, it’s only fitting that one of my first round-ups covers the top beaches in Cape Town. Read it here.

By Local Expert: Sarah Khan

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1 Llandudno

In-the-know locals have long professed that Llandudno is their favorite beach, and it’s easy to see why: this tiny slip of sugary-soft sand sheltered by steep slopes in a quiet residential neighborhood feels like a hidden gem. Its gentle waves also make it popular with beginning and intermediate surfers.

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2 Clifton

Clifton is actually made up of four beaches, the inventively named Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. These are Cape Town’s most popular beaches, filled with sun-seekers in the summer months. Clifton 1st has the best waves, so it’s a hit with surfers, while Clifton 4th is the most popular scene.

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3 Camps Bay

Picture South Beach glam, in the shadow of Table Mountain: that’s Camps Bay beach. This trendy neighborhood is filled with posh clubs and restaurants, and Cape Town’s hottest descend on the crescent of sand for some serious people watching in the summer. It’s the place to see and be seen.

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4 Muizenberg

Once you spy the bold yellow, red, blue, and green beach shacks along the water, you’ll know you’ve found your way to Muizenberg. This laid-back village is set along False Bay, which makes for warmer waters than the beaches along the Atlantic Seaboard. Its massive waves make it ground zero for surfing in South Africa.

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5 Boulders Beach

Head down to Simon’s Town, a popular stop on the Cape Peninsula drive, and you’ll find unusual company sunbathing on the sand: Boulders Beach is home to a colony of African penguins, and kids and adults alike delight in watching them flop and frolic on the shore. Don’t get too close though—they can bite.

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