The beautiful City of Cape Town is made up of numerous beaches. These beaches have some lovely restaurants and hotels that offer ideal locations for murder mystery dinners or other fun activities.
Not far from Cape Town city centre lies Clifton Beach.
Clifton beach is set at the foot of the Atlantic Ocean, and has a rather chilly waterfront, although it could be refreshing on a hot summer’s day.
The beach is made up out of 4 smaller beaches, or coves, called 1st Beach, 2nd Beach, 3rd Beach, and 4th Beach. These four beaches are separated by massive granite boulders, which shelters the beaches from the South Easter and gives it a look and feel of a Mediterranean resort.
Clifton Beach is known for its beautiful sunsets and was rated one of the top ten beaches by Discovery Channel in 2003. Behind Clifton Beach, the 12 Apostles reaches to the sky, being the buttresses of Table Mountain.
In the summer, Clifton Beach is rather popular, with many people visiting. Parking is scarce and should be found early enough. 4th Beach is the busiest, having Kiosks where one can buy snacks, as well as cold drinks. It also has good changing and bathroom facilities.
The beach is a must visit, especially on a very hot summers day, and makes up part of Cape Town’s Golden Mile. Long, sandy beaches, hot sun, fresh sea air, and good food makes this part of the country one of the most sought-after holiday destinations.
Bantry Bay is located next to Clifton and is mostly a residential area with some seafront hotels.
Bantry Bay is located between the Sea Point Promenade and the famous Clifton beaches. Bantry Bay stretches from the sea up to the slopes of Signal Hill and Lions Head. Bantry Bay is an exclusive residential area stretching along the Atlantic coastline. The suburb of Bantry Bay is home to the rich and famous and is a sought-after area for real estate.
There are only a few shops located in Bantry Bay, which includes the Delicatessen, Pharmacy and Doctors Consulting Rooms. For anything else, one must take a drive to Sea Point or Camps Bay.
There are no beaches in Bantry Bay where swimming can really be done. For the best beach, it is better to head down to Clifton and enjoy a day on one of the sandy beaches at Clifton. Bantry Bay has some spectacular sunsets and is well protected from the wind by Signal Hill and Lions Head.
There are also only a few restaurants in Bantry Bay.
A small distance outside of Cape Town lies Hout Bay. Jan van Riebeek discovered the area that is now known as Hout bay in the 1650′. The name Hout Bay comes from the many cypress trees which were originally growing in the area, Hout Bay means Wood Bay.
Battery’s were built in Hout Bay by the French, as a prevention measure against a British invasion during the time of the American War of Independence. Some of the remains of these buildings are still standing today.
Dwarfed by mountains on all sides, Hout Bay one of only a few areas in South Africa which are surrounded by national parks. The Hout Bay bird park is worth a visit, and down at the harbor boat trips are offered to seal island, whale viewing can also be enjoyed during the autumn and winter months.
Hout Bay is otherwise known as the “Jewel of the Cape”. True to its name, the town of Hout Bay is surrounded by mountains and sea and magnificent panoramic views. The town of Hout Bay is located just 20 minutes outside of Cape Town, via the coastal road. It has been the front of many feuds and historical events in South Africa, such as marriages of convenience and wars.
The scenery in Hout Bay provides amazing bird life in the wetlands, through which the Disa river flows into the bay. The mountains surrounding the valley provides some breath-taking views and great hiking trails.
Hout Bay was originally a fishing village, which has recently been developed into a tourist attraction with shopping centers, malls, lots of restaurants, luxury accommodation and quaint atmosphere. There are over 50 restaurants in Hout Bay that one can choose from.
Hout Bay has one of the best harbors in South Africa, including the yacht and powerboat marinas, where many people from all over the world like to stop over on their journey. The bay is also one of the safest places in the world for sailing, although it can become somewhat frustrating at times.
Hout Bay is part of the route of two major sporting events, the Cape Cycling Race and the Two Oceans Marathon, which attracts people from many walks of life.
Activities in Hout Bay includes abseiling, horse riding, cycling, hiking, game aquatic sports, sea kayaking, champagne sunset cruises, and whale watching.
Fish Hoek Information
Fish Hoek is situated along the False Bay Coastal Rd from Simons Town. It is mostly a retirement village, but still a very busy commercial and tourist attraction. The town is surrounded by Elsie’s Peak, and Chapman’s Peak, two beautiful mountains, creating a sheltered cluster town.
The Fish Hoek beach is one of the nicest and safest beaches in South Africa, with its long sandy beach that is perfect for bathing and body boarding. The Beach is often sheltered from the wind by the surrounding mountains, but when the wind picks up, Hobie-Cats and Windsurfers also take to the beach.
Fish Hoek has many sports clubs, including Football, Cricket, Bowling, Sailing, Badminton, Hockey, Surfing, Lifesaving, Squash & Tennis clubs.
Along Main Street is the busy hub of commercial activities with shops and market stalls competing for customers. The street is lined with coffee shops, restaurants, second-hand book shops and antique shops to name but a few. Just off the main street is the Fish Hoek fish market where newly caught fish are wrapped and sold or shipped off to businesses that will package and sell the fish. The newly built Sun Valley Mall also provides great entertainment or shopping experience for the avid shopper. If that is not enough, there is still the Fish Hoek Museum where the history of the town can be viewed.
Fish Hoek truly is a hub of activity and a busy town. It’s a very popular destination for tourists to visit and enjoy coastal living in this busy little fishing village.
Blouberg Strand is located between Big Bay and Table View Beach.
Blouberg Strand is a clean and quiet beach that is found in the Western Cape Province of South Africa, in a town called Blouberg Strand. The town that is situated on the Blaauwberg Coast about 20 minutes’ drive away from the busy and well-known city of Cape Town and if you are planning to fly to this destination then this town is roughly 30 minutes away from Cape Town International Airport. Blouberg Strand is the gateway to some of the world’s best seafood dishes.
Blouberg Strand also offers one of the best views of Table Mountain and many photos of the famous mountain are normally taken from here, with the waves splashing over the rocks and the mountain in the background. Blouberg Strand’s white sea sand is ideal for a refreshing swim in the Atlantic Ocean, windsurfing and kite surfing. There is a lot of dining areas where visitors can wine and dine in an original fisherman´s style while enjoying a beautiful sunset. Blouberg Strand has a lot of different types of accommodation from self-catering apartments and hotels to several bed and breakfast establishments as well as numerous attractions, activities, bars, restaurants where the visitors can enjoy themselves.
The Blouberg Strand beach has a long coastline. It is normally empty which is why it is mostly used by dog walkers and kite flyers because it has enough space for dogs and their owners to enjoy a peaceful walk without them attacking each other. The crashing waves are perfect for windsurfing or kite-surfing but if you do not feel like indulging yourself in any straining activities, then the Blouberg Strand is also ideal for long health walks. You can see Robben Island quite clearly from the Blouberg beach, in fact, that is the route most prisoners used to escape the prison, but most of them did not make it to shore because of strong currents and sharks.
No one can really explain the beauty of Blouberg Strand. You just must be there yourself to really feel and see this amazing beach. Many people have tried to write songs about the Blouberg Strand, but not one song can fully describe the beauty of this well-known paradise.