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Cape Town Beach Guide - images

 Map of Cape Town's Beaches and Routes

COLDER OCEAN TEMPERATURES
 
TABLE BAY BEACHES:
Blouberg Strand | Milnerton
ATLANTIC SEABOARD BEACHES:
Clifton's Beaches | Camps Bay
Llandudno | Hout Bay
SOUTH ATLANTIC BEACHES:
Noordhoek | Kommetjie
CAPE POINT NATURE RESERVE:
Diaz Beach
WARMER OCEAN TEMPERATURES
 
CAPE HELDERBERG BEACHES:
Gordon's Bay | The Strand
FALSE BAY BEACHES:
Muizenberg | St James and Kalk Bay
Fish Hoek | Boulders Beach
 

Cape Town's Top Beaches

Cape Town's Cape Peninsula attractions Cape Town's Peninsula and Cape Point
Explore wave swept shores, stunning scenic drives, secluded beaches - and the dramatic views from Cape Point.
Map of Cape Town's Peninsula and Roads  

Cape Town's Peninsula

When planning a trip along the peninsula and down to Cape Point, it's always best to choose a day with little wind. If it's windy in Cape Town, it will be blowing a gale acrosss the exposed landscape of the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve.

There are numerous routes to choose from to fully explore the peninsula - and several are highly recommended. Our own top four are indicated on the maps alongside. All ultimately lead to Cape Point, some 40 miles (65 Km) south of the city. Taking one route south, returning along one of the others will ensure a full day of spectacular touring.

Photographing the coastline and mountains

In the morning, follow the eastern route along False Bay, returning in the afternoon along the western (Atlantic) side of the peninsula. That will ensure that the position of the sun relative to your route is optimal for most photographic opportunities - and you can hopefully catch the sunset over the Atlantic as you head back to Cape Town.

Route (1) is the most direct route out of the city from the vicinity of Cape Town's Victoria and Alfred (V&A) Waterfront, via Kloof Nek and along the Atlantic Shore. Most drives around Cape Town provide stunning mountain and ocean views and this is one of the best. This is also one of the steepest routes out the the city, providing great views of Table Mountain. The road provides access to Signal Hill, Lion's Head, the access road to Table Mountain Cableway and to Clifton or straight ahead down to Camps Bay and the Atlantic Seaboard.

"Must see" landmarks along the Atlantic coast include the coastal village of Llandudno, Hout Bay with its restaurants and duiker (seal) island trips, and Chapman's Peak Drive through to Noord Hoek.

Route (2) loops around the eastern side of Devil's Peak and behind Table Mountain, through Constantia Nek and on to Hout Bay. This is another picturesque route. Pause at Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens or take a short diversion to Groot Constantia, the most historic wine estate in the region (founded in 1685).

Routes (3) and (4) take a more direct route south if time is short, either crossing the scenic mountain range of Silvermine Nature Reserve (great for picnics and mountain hikes) or along scenic Boyes Drive, with ocean views across Muizenberg and False Bay.

All our recommended routes converge at Fish Hoek on the False Bay coast, to explore the Attractions of False Bay - the beaches, trips to False Bay's Seal Island for shark cage diving and breaching and the penguin colony at Boulders.

The ultimate destination of a Peninsula tour is the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Cape Point. Our recommendation is that you explore the routes leading off left and right of the main road through the reserve, to visit one of the many shipwrecks, to snorkel or let the kids discover colorful sealife in the rock pools.

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