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 Cape Town Beach Guide | Muizenberg, False Bay

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Muizenberg is a seaside town located in the north-west corner of False Bay, easily accessible from Cape Town via the Blue Route (16 miles / 25 minutes).

The beach is flat and wide but lacks the turquoise ocean and picturesque beauty of the Atlantic Seaboard beaches. It makes up for this with much warmer water for swimming and surfing – and has the additional character endowed by rows of brightly coloured beach huts.


Beaches of Cape Town's False Bay

Muizenberg Beach

Muizenberg Beach (some 200 meters in length) is in fact the first section of a continuous strip of sandy beach that stretches 40km (25 miles) all the way to Gordon’s Bay, discussed under Cape Helderberg Beaches.

Earthwave South Africa 2009 - Most surfers riding same wave - Guinness World Record

[3:27 min] [Attribution: Earthwave]

Muizenberg Beach - Guinness World Record

A new Guinness World Record for 110 surfers riding the same wave was set by Kahuna Promotions at the Earthwave Festival on 4 October 2009 at Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town, South Africa.

Blue Flag Beach: The beach qualified for full Blue Flag status for the 2011/2012 season -- one of eight Cape Town beaches .

Muizenberg can be very crowded in the summer season and is one of the most cosmopolitan of Cape Town’s beaches.

The surf is usually calmer in Summer, ideal for families and less experienced surfers. Surf schools and surf board hire in Muizenberg cater for novice and visiting surfers.  Muizenberg also boasts the longest break in False Bay - a  wave that can be ridden for up to a mile, depending upon prevailing conditions.

The ocean temperature varies from around 20°C (68°F) in summer to 13°C (55°F) in winter. At these temperatures, wetsuits are always recommended for winter surfing. The winter surf is bigger, attracting local surfers to Surfers’ Corner.

Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Muizenberg Beach and Beach Huts, Surfers Corner [Attribution: Hilton Teper]

There are coffee shops, restaurants and holiday accommodation options near the beach. Muizenberg Visitor Information Center, located in the Muizenberg Pavilion, can help visitors with information, maps and even accommodation reservations. Muizenberg Pavilion also provides a water slide, miniature golf and an open-air pool.

Lifesavers and Shark Spotters are on duty during the summer season.

The False Bay ocean is appreciably warmer than along the Atlantic Seaboard. Beaches along False Bay are popular for sunbathing, ocean bathing and surfing. The warmer False Bay ocean is also frequented by Great White sharks, that naturally feed off Cape fur seals (winter) and pelagic fish (summer). Shark attacks on human bathers are a result of mistaken identity (with seals) and are infrequent, but even one case of serious injury or death is one too many. The Shark Spotters program has been introduced on the beaches of Cape Town to mitigate the risk of shark attacks on humans.

Shark Spotters - Muizenberg Beach, False Bay

[2:57 min] [Attribution: Save Our Seas]

An interview with Monwabisi Sikweyiya, Field Manager of the Shark Spotters in Cape Town, who explains the Shark Spotters program.

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