Soak Up Some Sun in Cape Town
Cape Town enjoys long summer days and gorgeous, dry weather throughout most of its summer months which stretch from October to April. December is a particularly busy time when crowds of South Africans head to the coast for the school holidays. So if you’d prefer to experience a quieter time in Cape Town visit from March to May, the days are long and the weather is still perfect to hit the beach.
Every Capetonian has their views on what constitutes the best beaches in Cape Town, but it’s basically down to personal preference based on whether you want to surf, be seen or be secluded or are after a family friendly beach with safe swimming. Here are just a few handpicked options to explore:
Secret beach spots
You’re probably not going to believe it, but Cape Town’s most hidden beach isn’t on the coast at all. Hely-Hutchinson Dam is a man-made beach on top of Table Mountain and can only be reached by a four hour hike. It’s a beautiful spot to rest or picnic but please note, there’s no swimming allowed.
Another off-the-radar option is Beta Beach which is surrounded by boulders which shelter it from the wind. It’s a beautiful enclave with views of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles. You could also find seclusion at Smitswinkel Bay. You won’t find an official sign but look for the hidden path and head down to the beach.
After watching the nippers (junior lifeguards in training) perform their drills and soaking up the sun on Sunrise Beach you can walk over to the Muizenberg Market to peruse the stalls selling a variety of just about anything.
Another family friendly option is Herold’s Bay which is only about a kilometre in size, but boasts a tidal pool for safe swimming and rock pools for fun exploring.
Penguins live here
Boulders Beach in Simon’s town is the most popular option for penguin spotting because it is home to a large colony of the endangered African Penguin whose endearing antics provide hours of entertainment. You can also find penguins at Windmill Beach, which is tucked behind the Simon’s Town Country Club.