My Favourite Date – A Cape Town Beach
Of course you are going to tell me now, that I am biased as I have lived in Cape Town for a few years. But I am sure you can agree, that Cape Town is one of the top destinations in the world to go to with many stunning beaches on its doorstep. I have many fond memories of spending time here on the beach with my children when they were toddlers, building sand castles, watching the sunset at Llandudno or Camps Bay beach or watching the whales play in the bay of Muizenberg. Most of the beaches in Cape Town you cannot miss as they are quite obvious, but where to go for a deserted beach?
Enjoying beach life is almost like a flirting game, as soon as when people hit the beach, their behaviour changes. The strip off their clothes, parade, impress, have fun, forget the time and indulge in the good life!
The ‘dating’ profile Lonely Planet gave the beaches of this vibrant town could not have matched better.
The dating profile of the Cape Town Beaches:
Looking for : sun lovers
Profile : Good-looking, fun-loving, sporty and sociable
Age : As older I get the more vibrant I become
Location: All dotted around the peninsula
Interests: Sun, fun and like to meet lots of different people
So why is Cape Town such an excellent beach destination? It has a large number of excellent beaches from small coves to the larger ones. One of the most famous ones is not Camps Bay Beach, but the small beach at Cape the Good Hope where many ships stranded over the centuries due to heavy storms. When you visit Cape Point it is worth walking down to this beach where many ships ended their journey to the East.
The big question is for a Globetrotter foodie, where to eat, stay and play? Let’s tour the Peninsula…..
Just north from Cape Town with stunning views from Tablemountain, but also known very their strong winds so excellent for Kite surfing.
Stay @ Spinnakers an exciting small boutique hotel
Eat @ Moyo and tuck in some fantastic South African fusion food & the sunsets are amazing here. You will never get a better view of Tablemountain!
Play @ Blouberg is kite surfing and enjoying the stunning view of Tablemountain and the surfers trying to master their kites!
One of the best beaches in Cape Town and made up of 4 coves and quite sheltered. No 4 is a blue flag beach and on No 3 is the famous Gay beach.
Stay @ The Bay Hotel or Camps Bay Retreat
Eat @ The Beach and have a Champagne picnic for a late breakfast on the beach and sundowners @ La Med
Play @ Clifton is soaking up the sun and the ‘gorgeous views’
The “Beach’ next door unlike their neighbour is a long and sandy one and popular with families. Easy to access from the road. Excellent if you want to nip over to Sandy Beach Club, which is the private beach bar of the Bay Hotel.
Stay @ The Bay Hotel
Eat @ Sandy Beach Club
Play @ Camps Bay is soaking up the sun and nipping down to Sandy Beach club for a dip in the pool
Slightly remote, but a very picturesque beach and excellent for surfing because of its high waves. This is where the rich and famous ‘play’. Large villas are lined up against the hill.
Stay @ A private villa
Eat @ Your villa, leave the hassle to your butler
Play @ Llandudno is just having fun, life is very laid back in Cape Town
This Fishing village ( and my home in South Africa) is a popular beach with the locals and families, great views of the Bay and Chapmans Peak.
Stay @ Houtbay Manor or in a private Villa
Eat @ Dunes, no fuss restaurant. More or less one big sand pit and great atmosphere with life music on Friday nights during the summer.
Play @ Houtbay is being active as it is great for jogging and walking and of course you can ‘pick up’ your reward afterwards at Dunes.
This is the one of the most tucked away beaches you can get in Cape Town. It’s quite a track over the mountain in Houtbay, but worth it if you like to sunbath nude. No facilities here though.
Stay @ Houtbay Manor or in a private villa
Eat @ The beach, pick up some food and drinks from Waitrose in the village before you set off
Play @ Sandy Bay is watching the ‘gorgeous’ view and life around the shipwreck stranded there…..
Noordhoek Beach & Kommetje
A scenic drive over Chapman’s Peak takes you to Noordhoek Beach, which is one of the longest and widest beaches in Cape Town. Kommetje is just around the corner from here, which is marked by a lighthouse. Noordhoek beach is one of my favourite beaches in the winter. I like to perch myself on a rock and admire the stunning view.
Stay @ De Noordhoek hotel
Eat @ Cafe Roux
Play @ Noordhoek is horse riding, surfing and long walks. It is a fascinating beach in the winter with its lagoon and mind the shipwreck stranded on the beach!
Yes it is really true! This remote beach is always misty. It’s quite a small one and it definitely rocks! Waves seem to hit this beach most of the time ‘rocking’ hard.
Stay @ In a private villa or at La Zensa
Eat @ Camel Rock and tuck into some fantastic seafood
Play @ Misty Cliffs is not topping up your tan, but very fascinating though.
When you drive from Cape Point to Simonstown, one of the first turnings in the Cape Good Hope Nature Reserve is this lovely bay. Great for a picnic whilst watching life in False Bay, you even will be able to see the tip of Pringle Bay. (the popular weekend escape of the Capetionians)
Highlighted in every itinerary for their penguin colony. Don’t go to the visitors centre, but head off to the small gate down from the car park before you get there coming from Cape Point. From here it is just a few steps to a small beach with huge rocks.
Stay @ Boulders Beach Lodge or Rodwell House
Eat @ Boulders Beach lodge or in Kalkbay
Play @ Boulders is swimming with the penguins
Lined with colourful beach houses and much warmer, quieter and more laid back than the ones on the Atlantic Sea coast.
Stay @ Rodwell House
Eat @ The quirky Octopus’ Garden
Play @ St. James is watching life on the beach in this local sea side town, in season you might see the whales playing in the bay.
This beach never seems to be a moment without any waves, it is growing in popularity and many claim it to be the the seaside resort of the future. Only time will tell us if this will happen.
Stay @ Colona Castle
Eat @ Knead, a funky artisan bakery
Play @ Muizenberg is learning to surf
Enjoy beach life in Cape Town!