Cape Town’s world-class beaches offer residents and visitors a wealth of activities and well-maintained public facilities.​

The beaches in our list can all be reached using the MyCiti bus service. To travel you’ll need to get a myconnect card at one of the kiosks around the city. They are conveniently located in strategic points around the city. Please advise with your concierge or get a ‘Hello Cape Town On The Go’ map.

Once-off users can get a single-trip card from kiosks and vending machines at selected stations for R30 or R100, including the airport.

Big Bay Beach, Marine Drive, Big Bay: A popular, one kilometre stretch of sandy shoreline that boasts unparalleled views of Table Mountain from across the bay. The beach is ideal for long, leisurely walks, surfing, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Animals are allowed on this beach and beach wheelchairs are also available.

Blaauwberg Beach, Otto du Plessis Drive, Bloubergstrand: A renowned location for the perfect view of Table Mountain. The beach is popular with surfers and kitesurfers as the winds reliably bring a one to three meter surf for the majority of the year. Blaauwberg Beach has partial disability access. Although this beach is considered safe for swimming, it is recommended that beach goers only swim where and when a lifeguard is on duty.

Camps Bay Beach, Victoria Road, Camps Bay: Well known for its pristine white sand and blue tranquil waters. The world-famous Table Mountain and Twelve Apostles mountain chain, tower above it and it is well sheltered when the southerly winds blow during the summer months. Across the road, there are many sidewalk restaurants and cafes for beach-goers to enjoy meals and sundowners. The wide stretch of beach is host to numerous events such as international beach volleyball tournaments and the popular Summer Beach festival.

Lifeguards are on duty throughout the summer months and there is a tidal pool for safe dipping. No dogs are allowed between 09:00 – 18:00 from November until March. Dogs may run free at all other times but are not allowed in tidal pool and Blue Flag areas.

Clifton 1st Beach, Victoria Road: Overlooked by exclusive beachfront apartments. The beach is the least crowded of the four Clifton beaches and is popular with locals, surfers and the elderly.

Clifton 2nd Beach, Victoria Road: A popular location, especially enjoyed by beach sport enthusiasts and sunbathers. No dogs are allowed between November and March. Dogs may run free at all other times.

Clifton 3rd Beach, Victoria Road: Reasonably private and quiet, and just around the corner from Clifton’s famous 4th Beach. For dogs – see above.

Clifton 4th Beach, Victoria Road: One of South Africa’s most popular beaches. It is one of a series of small protected coves, and is on the Atlantic Ocean side of Cape Town, near Camps Bay. Various environmental programmes, including interpretive signage and lifesaving training, take place on the beach. Lifeguards are on duty during the Blue Flag season (December to the end of March). Parking is limited and unfortunately there is no disability access to the beach. For dogs – see above.

Dolphin Beach, Marine Drive, Table View: The beach is ideally suited to wind and water sports of all kinds and is especially popular with kitesurfers. Swimming, however, is not recommended, as conditions can be dangerous and there are no lifeguards on duty. Dogs are allowed and there is a paved pathway along the edge of the beach, ideal for joggers. Dolphin Beach also has partial disability access.

Glen Beach, Victoria Road: A sandy beach and famous surf spot surrounded by beach bungalows. The beach is situated within walking distance of trendy restaurants and cocktail bars. No dogs are allowed between 09:00 – 18:00 from November until March. Dogs may run free at all other times.

Milnerton Beach, Lagoon Beach Drive, Milnerton: A long stretch of white, sandy shoreline, with beautiful views of Table Mountain. Milnerton Lagoon meets the sea here and there are often flamingoes and other birdlife to be seen in the estuary. Milnerton Beach is generally safe for swimming. There are lifeguards on duty within designated areas. This is a popular spot for water sports of all kinds. The strong southeasterly winds of spring and summer make Milnerton beach an ideal place for kitesurfing and windsurfing. There is ample parking and dogs are allowed to run freely.

Milton Beach, Beach Road, Sea Point: A sandy beach with a large tidal pool. The beach is separated from the sea by a rocky shelf. There are parking areas and ablution facilities close by, as well as drinking fountains that are popular rest stops for walkers and joggers. Although the beach is considered safe for swimming, it is recommended that beach goers only swim where and when a lifeguard is on duty.

Queen’s Beach, Beach Road, Sea Point: Named after the Queen’s Hotel that was built nearby in 1887. This is the most popular of the Sea Point beaches for sunbathing. It is more secluded than those beneath the main stretch of the Promenade. There is little passing traffic and a free parking space is usually easy to find. A shallow gully between the rocks provides a safe spot to swim.

Three Anchor Bay Beach, Beach Road, Green Point: A small, sheltered cove between Mouille Point and Sea Point. It has a sandy beach and a slipway, used mainly by recreational boat owners. It is also a popular location for kayakers. Just across the road there is a sea-kayaking shop that offers guided trips – no previous paddling experience is necessary because the sea is often glassy and calm. Three Anchor Bay Beach has spectacular views of Signal Hill and Lion’s Head. Penguins, seals and dolphins are often seen, as well as sunfish.


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