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Locale of Llandudno on Cape Town's Peninsula

The Atlantic Seaboard

Driving south from Cape Town to Llandudno along the Atlantic Seaboard, the road hugs the shoreline, with the Twelve Apostles mountain range towering above the road on the left and the panorama of the Atlantic Ocean on the right. In the late afternoon of summer, take the time to pull into one of the view sites and savor the view as the sun sets over the ocean.

The Atlantic shore is mostly extremely rugged with wave swept coves, cliffs and numerous ship wrecks – a hint at why mariners called this the Cape of Storms. The ocean on this side of the peninsula is cold and very clear, popular for crayfish snorkeling and scuba diving.


Nestled between mountains and sea, the elite residential village of Llandudno offers a secluded sandy beach for residents and day visitors. The white sands, huge outcrops of granite boulders and mountain backdrop all provide a most beautiful beach setting.

The stern of an oil tanker is perched on the rocks a few hundred yards offshore. The vessel broke free from a salvage tow in 1977, when a Northwesterly gale broke the tugboat's towline. The front half of the vessel broke off and sank in a following storm.

The tug had been towing two salvaged vessels at the time, but both were lost in the gale. The second vessel ran aground on the rocky shoreline further north towards Camps Bay and provided host to a "shipwreck party" or two until it was salvaged for scrap. What remains of its keel is still visible on the rocks alongside Victoria Road at low tide.


Llandudno Beach

Llandudno is a self-drive destination for beachgoers. Parking is limited near the beach, so get there early! The beach has lifeguards on duty during the summer season, operated by the Llandudno Surf Lifesaving club.

Self-catering accommodation is available in Llandudno, but there are no hotels, gas stations or shops here, so visitors to the beach need to pack a picnic lunch.

Huge granite formations and boulders stretch out into the ocean along this stretch of shoreline, surrounding a small cove of white sand and surf, providing a most beautiful beach setting. Llandudno's icy ocean and at times rough surf, although not ideal for bathing, do not detract from its attraction for sunbathing and surfing. It's a popular beach in summer with locals, Capetonians and visitors from farther afield.

Llandudno beach, Cape Peninsula

Llandudno Beach and Surf

Llandudno Beach with wreck

Llandudno Beach, Sunset Rocks and Shipwreck

Walks and Trails - The granite formations to the south of Llandudno beach and at Sunset Rocks also attract sunbathers and bouldering enthusiasts. A 20 minute walk along a path above sunset rocks leads to an isolated sandy beach known as Sandy Bay, which is also an "unofficial" nudist beach. Remember to bring along everything you need with you (especially water!) as there are no shops or vendors on the beach. The hike in and out can be very hot, with no access by road. Best to visit during weekends when it is not too lonely.

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Rolling Retro 2012 - with RVCA & Vudu Surf | Llandudno

[5:50 min] [Attribution: theGoodLife]

The 2012 Rolling Retro at Llandudno was an incredible day of sun, warm water (in Cape Town) and retro surfboards! The beach was packed and the crowd were entertained by surfers such as Jordy Smith, Roosta, Chad du Toit, Michael Grendon and Chris Leppan. We even had a Sunfish (Shark) and a surfing bulldog!

Bouldering Llandudno Beach - Cape Town/SA

[6:04 min] [Attribution: Caioafeto]

Bouldering at Llandudno and Sunset Rocks..

Thanks all climbers for the good moments on the rocks!

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