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The view of Lion’s Head Mountain from Clifton Beach. Image: Adobe Stock

Festive pick of Cape Town’s best beaches to soak up the summer vibes

Cape Town is brimming with top tourist attractions and its superb beaches make for the perfect day in the sun during the summer holidays.

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The view of Lion’s Head Mountain from Clifton Beach. Image: Adobe Stock

Cape Town is known as one of the world’s premier tourist destinations. The city boasts many fine hotels and restaurants, beaches, as well as a number of super tourist attractions such as the majestic Table Mountain.      

The Mother City is home to some excellent beaches that attract both overseas and local visitors each year.  Cape Town’s coastline extends 307km along the West Coast, Cape Peninsula and False Bay, with a total of 72 beaches, each with its own appeal.

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Blue Flag certification is sought for beaches, marinas, and sustainable boating tourism operators as an indication of their high environmental and quality standards.

The awarding of Blue Flag status is based on criteria, including standards for quality, safety, environmental education and information, and the provision of services and general environmental management.

According to Cape Town Travel, the Mother City boasts 10 international Blue Flag beaches, including:

  • Bikini Beach; 
  • Camps Bay;
  • 4th Beach Clifton;
  • Fish Hoek;
  • Llandudno;
  • Melkbosstrand;
  • Mnandi;
  • Muizenberg;
  • Silwerstroomstrand; and
  • Strandfontein.  

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Locals and visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to swim in a tidal pool,  have a picnic or spend a day relaxing on the beach.

Here’s a selection of our favourite Cape Town beaches, including some tips on how to make the most of your trip to the beach.


Status: Blue Flag Beach

Best for: Sun-bathing, showing off your swimsuit or exercising

Regulars: Young adults, families, students

Insider’s tip: Grab a drink or lunch at one of the bustling bars and cafés in Victoria Road

Location: Victoria Road, Camps Bay


Status: Blue Flag Beach

Best for: Sunbathing and picnicking at one of the four coves (4th Beach is most popular)

Regulars: Students, friends, families

Insider’s tip: This is a fantastic spot to have dinner on the beach.

Location: Victoria Road, Clifton (between Camps Bay and Bantry Bay)


Status: Blue Flag Beach

Best for: Picturesque scenery, picnics, sun-bathing and sundowners, surfing

Regulars: Couples, families, surfers

Insider’s tip:  There are no facilities here, other than an ablution block.

Location: Victoria Road, Llandudno


Best for: Dog-walking, beach sports (volleyball, soccer, touch rugby), kayaking

Regulars: Couples, singles, families, locals

Insider’s tip: Buy fish and chips at the harbour, and enjoy savouring it on the beach.

Location: Beach Road, Hout Bay


Status: Blue Flag Beach

Best for: Dog-walking (on leashes), kite-surfing, kayaking

Regulars: Beach walkers, families, dogs

Insider’s tip: There is seating available along Jagger’s Walk which is ideal for sunset viewing.

Location: Beach Road, Fish Hoek


Status: Blue Flag Beach

Best for: Swimming, surfing, beach sport (volleyball, soccer and touch rugby), photography (taking pictures of the colourful bathing boxes)

Regulars: Surfers, families, teens and young adults

Insider’s tip: Enjoy a round of putt-putt at the nearby putting course.

Location: Beach Road, Muizenberg


Best for: Dog-walking, windsurfing, kitesurfing and normal surfing, swimming in the tidal pool, spectacular views of Table Mountain

Regulars: Families, kite-and wind-surfers

Insider’s tips: Eden on the Bay has some great restaurants with beautiful views, so there’s no need to bring food.

Location: Marine Drive, Big Bay


Status: Blue Flag Beach

Best for: Sheltered beach, swimming in the warmer water and friendly locals

Regulars: Students, school learners, families

Insider’s tip: The beach is small and parking is limited, so it is best to arrive early.

Location: Beach Road, Gordon’s Bay


Best for: Long walks (3km of beach) and swimming in the warmer water

Regulars: Families, oldies, sunbathers, water sport enthusiasts

Insider’s tip: Enjoy food and ice cream from the cafés in Beach Road.

Location: Beach Road, Strand


Status: Blue Flag Beach

Best for: Swimming in the biggest tidal swimming pool in the Southern Hemisphere

Regulars: Mostly locals from surrounding areas

Insider’s tip: The beach often hosts events, so check before going if something is happening

Location: Strandfontein Road, Mitchells Plain


Best for: Dog-walking, surfing, wind-surfing, relaxing on the beach

Regulars: Surfers, sunbathers, dogs

Insider’s tip: The water here can be icy!

Location: Surfway Road, Kommetjie