The underrated beaches of Cape Town

When it comes to beaches, Cape Town in South Africa is a hidden gem of untapped beauty. The stunning sand covered coasts of Cape Town remain largely underrated and are populated mostly by locals. The peninsula of Cape Town is home to the meeting point of the Indian and Atlantic oceans. Both sides of the Cape peninsula offer a great beach experience but for different reasons.

The Indian Ocean side of Cape Town is popular with locals who want to soak up the sun in the tranquil settings. The beaches here are, in the main, very family friendly with lots of rocks pools and well manned coasts. The water this side of the Peninsula is around 4 degrees celsius warmer than the cold Atlantic side.

The coastline is dominated by the False Bay. This huge stretch of beaches arcs all the way from the Helderberg beach on the east to Cape Point on the west. One of the most relaxing beaches along the False Bay is the Fish Hoek Beach, the gentle waters of which are popular with the older members of society as well as families, who have plenty of space to play in.

Further along the The False Bay towards the Atlantic side, is Clovelly Beach, which is popular with young surfers. If you want to live like a local, then the quiet Danger Bay Beach is the place to go. If you’re interested in the sea life, Glencairn beach is a great place to catch a glimpse of a Great White.

Also on the Indian Ocean side are the Cape Helderberg Beaches. Cape Helderberg is about a 45 minute drive from Central Cape Town, and offers great views, rock pools and perfect swimming temperatures. Gordon’s bay is also great for swimming, with lots of shaded rock pools for kids to enjoy.

Over on the west, is Cape Town’s stretch of Atlantic beaches. The Table Bay coastline is the most northerly stretch of beaches. The coast here is exposed to the winds whipping in off the Atlantic, making it a popular haunt for watersport enthusiasts like windsurfers and kitesurfers. Beaches along the Table Bay also offer the best views of Table Mountain and Robben Island.

Further down the Atlantic side, are the Atlantic Seaboard Beaches. The beaches along here are the glamour beaches and attract a wealthy clientele. The coastline is more sheltered here and is ideal for sunbathing and relaxing. Seaboard is also home to Sandy Bay, Cape Town’s nudist beach, although clothe wearers are welcome here too.

Further down, towards Cape Point are the South Atlantic Beaches. They are rich in natural beauty and tend to be the most tranquil beaches in Cape Town. The beaches here are great for escaping the crowds.

With its stunning views and a mix of Atlantic and Indian Ocean style coastlines, Cape Town has a beach to suit everyone’s taste. Armed with this inside knowledge, now is the best time to go before everyone else catches on, check out Achica Travel for some great Cape Town deals.

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