Well, the hot summer sun is getting well into its stride this week here in Cape Town, so I thought that I would tell you about some wonderful places to visit, keep cool and still see the very best that the Western Cape has to offer.
The beaches around the coast of the Cape Peninsula need no introduction. Their soft white sand and blue waters spring instantly to mind as a place to relax and enjoy, but which are the best to visit?
Many paragraphs have been devoted to the Camps Bay and Clifton beaches … and rightly so. For family friendly, safe bathing you can’t go far wrong, especially if you are looking for plenty of cafes and restaurants to supply you with ice cold snacks, beer and pop. The facilities are excellent at both of these destinations – Clifton Beach has the distinction of being a Blue Flag beach. However, these beaches can become crowded, especially at the weekends.
A little further out of Cape Town on the False Bay coast, Gordons Bay, a small fishing village tucked into the sheltering hillside, provides another family friendly Blue Flag beach that is well worth the journey.
The huge sweep of False Bay supplies the vista, whilst the calm, clear, warmer waters of the Indian Ocean create an excellent place to perfect your strokes. The beach is endearingly called Bikini Beach after the Stellenbosch University students who are regulars to this pretty little spot.
With Gordons Bay at one end of False Bay, nearer Cape Town, at the opposite end of the dramatic coastline, you will find Muizenberg. Once again, this magnificent beach has claimed Blue Flag recognition.
It is here at Muizenberg that you can learn to surf in safety. Ideal for the learner, the waters are protected from high on the hill overlooking the beaches by the shark spotters; at beach level by the lifeguards on duty. With the added benefits of the warmer Indian Ocean waters, you are sure to progress at a rate of knots! There are plenty of surf schools to choose from, different classes to take, many of the schools offering board and wetsuit rental as well.
With a myriad of entertainments to keep the whole family busy, such as the water park with giant slide, mini-golf, children’s play park; shops, restaurants and cafes, you are bound to have a fun-filled day out.
If something a little more sedate and … well, away from it all … is more up your street, drop into Noordhoek Beach. This 6-kilometer stretch of fine, white sand, backed by sand dunes is a favourite for horseback riding. With the famous Chapman’s Peak Drive as the backdrop, your day out at the beach is guaranteed to be hit!
Whatever your idea of a great day out at the beach, Cape Town has your perfect beach. From beach combing, to rock pools, surfing, sunbathing and kiteboarding, the choice is yours … just remember to send us your photos!
For more great ideas on what to do and see, we will be delighted to help you make the most of your Cape Town vacation and holiday time.