Cape Town beaches are divided into three main regions. If you're going swimming, it pays to remember that the sea at False Bay is about 6 degrees warmer than the Atlantic Seaboard and the West Coast. With so many beautiful beaches to choose between, it's easy to find your ideal sun spot.
False Bay has the warmest seawater to be found on the Cape. Its beaches include the long sandy stretch from Gordon's Bay to Muizenberg, and a number of smaller beaches along the East side of the Cape Peninsula.
The Cape's West Coast beaches run all the way from Big Bay to Britannia Beach and include the beaches of the dramatic West Coast National Park, which has the Atlantic Ocean as its western border.
Boulders Beach is sheltered and consists of inlets between huge 540 million year old granite boulders. Located on the Cape Peninsula and very near Simon’s Town, the beach is a popular for swimming beach with locals and tourists alike.
Bear in mind that people are restricted to the beaches adjacent to the penguin colony. Boulder beach has become a popular destination for tourists because of the colony of African penguins which settled here in 1982. The colony has grown from only 2 breeding pairs in 1982 to around 3000 birds now.
Although Boulder beach is in the midst of a residential area, the vulnerable birds can wander freely around its protected natural environment. If you want to get a good look at the penguins, we'd recommend viewing them from Foxy Beach.
Camps Bay attracts a large number of visitors including tourists, locals and the international jet set. It is one of Cape Town’s more affluent suburbs and one of its most beautiful beaches.
The main white sand beach has been a Blue Flag Beach since 2008 and is situated opposite Camps Bay main hub. There are numerous hotels, restaurants and shops, a seasonal lifeguard station and toilets at the west end of the beach.
Glenn beach is Camps Bay’s best surfing beach and is hidden behind large boulders at the right side of the Bay. Fast, short rides and a small takeoff spot make Glenn Beach one of the more difficult of Cape Town’s beach breaks. Surfers being surfers, this has made it a favourite spot for the local surf community.
Big Bay is home to a boulder called Little John. Gray wonders why Little John got the nickname Little John, when in fact little John is actually BIG John and weighs over 250 kilos. He's also puzzled that Big Bay got the name Big Bay when it's actually a charming little bay.
Big Bay is both friendly and water sports friendly, with smooth consistent sets of 1 to 5-meter barreling waves for you water sports enthusiasts to enjoy.
You can also enjoy authentic African cuisine, a cocktail or an organic super smoothie by the water. With many restaurants to choose from along the boardwalk, this is the perfect location for a sundowner.
Big Bay is one of the two Cape Town locations for the Red Bull King of the Air world kitesurfing competition every January/February.