South Africa has become renowned and popular because of its amazing aesthetic appeal. Sun-drenched in good African sun and warm, friendly hospitality are just a couple of the qualities that make the new Rainbow Nation a top tourist attraction. The Western Cape, in particular the glamorous city of Cape Town, is the jewel in the South African crown and is a big hit amongst local and foreign travellers alike.
The reasons to visit Cape Town are numerous and endless, but a pivotal one is undoubtedly the city’s plethora of stunning and pristine beaches. The elegant coast lines continuously amaze and inspire those privileged enough to visit them and during the summer months of December to February, Cape Town’s beaches are packed with beautiful people eager to catch up on their tans and enjoy the festivities that accompany this time of the year. There is a wide variety of beaches to explore, with some being low-key and discrete to others being more frequented and flamboyant – all though boasting breathtaking views unmatched by anywhere else on the African continent.
The Atlantic Seaboard is the glamorous coastline of the Cape’s beaches and features the very popular and decadent shores of Camps Bay, Clifton’s collection of beaches, and Llandudno; although fairly chilly, they are very refreshing during the city’s hot and dry months. These beaches are wildly popular and are lined with white sands, palm trees, beachside cafes, and glamorous-looking people – it’s a scene straight out of the movies!
For those who prefer warmer waters, then the False Bay beaches are the place for you. Take a dip at Muizenberg, Fish Hoek, or Boulders Beach and prepare yourself for a sensory stimulation overload as the views of and from False Bay are absolutely glorious. Fish Hoek is a popular family beach and the suburb itself is a charming ocean-side town with warm personality, while Boulders provides the perfect opportunity to view the African penguin. The iconic Cape Town landmark of Table Mountain can be viewed from the royal-blue waters of Bloubergstrand. Blouberg is low-key and scintillating and has views of Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was held captive for 27 years.
The views though from Hout Bay beach are out of a fairytale; nowhere else in the Mother City will you find such awe-inspiring scenes. The mountains of the majestic Chapman’s Peak frames the turquoise-coloured waters and shades this sleepy affluent suburb, which is one of the city’s finest. Hout Bay, like Fish Hoek, also serves up some of the best seafood dishes you’ll find anywhere in the country. If you want to get away from Cape Town for a couple of days but don’t want to go too far, try the Helderberg Beaches, which comprise of the Strand, Bikini Beach and Gordon’s Bay. Under an hour away from Cape Town’s CBD, Gordon’s Bay is a lovely suburb and offers enviable views of the Cape Peninsula and False Bay in the distance, while those seriously interested in getting a good tan should head to Bikini Beach.
Another terrific option for holidaymakers is the Noordhoek and Kommetjie areas. The waters may be really cold, but both are popular with surfers and families, and have the added benefits of being quiet and peaceful with hardly any of the congestion found at the city beaches. A holiday to the paradise of Cape Town is made so much more enjoyable and memorable with the wide array of beaches to explore and enjoy.