Beach Vacations to Cape Town, South Africa

Boulder Beach, Capetown, South Africa
Boulder Beach, Cape Town (Ian Wilson/Flickr)

Cape Town Beach Travel Tips

  • With its location between the Atlantic and Indian oceans, Cape Town enjoys a mild Mediterranean climate, with wet winters and dry summers (don’t forget—the seasons are reversed in this Southern Hemisphere country). Summer mornings tend to be sunnier than the afternoons, and any time of year the waters around Cape Town are a bit chilly for swimmers.
  • The Atlantic side of Cape Town has the best beaches, notably in the upscale enclave of Camps Bay, home to a string of nice restaurants and cocktail bars. This area also boasts the best sunsets.
  • One of the best beaches in Cape Town is Blouberg Beach. Popular with surfers and kiteboarders, it’s a huge beach with excellent photo ops of Table Mountain.

Raved about as one of the best cities in the world, no doubt you’ve heard about Cape Town’s superb restaurants, hotels, nightlife, and historical sites, not to mention its beaming people and gorgeous mountains. What many first-timers are surprised to also find is a city that, particularly in the Southern Hemisphere during summer, appears more like a Southern California enclave with sprawling beaches, sandy cafes, sun-kissed teenagers, and, yes, even a thriving surfer-dude culture. The confluence of the (warmer) Indian and the (colder) Southern Atlantic oceans makes for a fascinating world of penguins, whales, and great white sharks. But worry not—Cape Town’s array of perfect beaches are safe for swimming, surfing, kiteboarding, and just plain sunning, even if the water itself is a bit chilly. Two beaches you don’t want to miss are the remote and wild Sandy Bay, and the penguin-popular Boulders Beach.

The provincial capital of the Western Cape and the parliamentary capital of the republic, cosmopolitan Cape Town boasts a multiethnic population of about 3.5 million and a living standard markedly above the rest of Africa. With a visually appealing setting under imposing Table Mountain, the surrounding territory of vineyards, cliffs, shoreline, and islands is worth exploring as well. Nestled in the country's far southwestern corner, Cape Town is the gateway to the beautiful Cape of Good Hope, one of the southernmost points on the African continent. The dry terrain, sunny summers, and cool winters are classically Mediterranean, and if the pleasing climate doesn’t make you want to move here, the friendliness and openness of its inhabitants will.


Published: 17 Apr 2009 | Last Updated: 30 Mar 2010
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication

Best Hotels in Cape Town

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Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa
$149-$247
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Victoria and Alfred Hotel
$168
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The Westin Cape Town
$57
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Atlantic Affair Boutique Hotel

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