Last week I started telling you about the wonderful beaches in and around Cape Town. I only mentioned four of our city beaches, when in fact there are many more. Hence the second part of Beach Time! As Cape Town was voted one of the Lonely Planet’s top ten cities in the world to visit you will no doubt want to visit our beaches.
Along the Atlantic Seaboard you will find Camps Bay, which I discussed in my previous blog. However, a little closer to Cape Town you will find the popular spot called Clifton, where local and international jetsetter are to be seen. Visit one of its four beaches (they are numbered 1 to 4) to show off your new designer swimsuit and Prada sunglasses. These small beaches with white sand and stunningly blue waters are separated by huge boulders, which offer each beach a hint of privacy.
If you travel a little further along the coast you will come across a little gem called Bakoven Beach. This beach is small and has a wonderful natural setting with gorgeous white sand and turquoise water. Here you will find mostly locals so be sure to respect this little piece of heaven and its local visitors.
Llandudno can probably be rated as one of Cape Town’s most scenic beaches. The beach is surrounded by an exclusive neighbourhood of the same name. Parking here is limited which ensures that the beach never gets too crowded. Take care when swimming here as the currents can get strong. Personally, I love being here for sunset!
Close to Llandudno, literally just over a few boulders, you will find Cape Town’s only nudist beach! If swimming and sunbathing in your birthday suit is your thing, then you will thoroughly enjoy this small and private cove. Just remember the African sun can be harsh on your sensitive bits, so take sunscreen!
The last on today’s list is Hout Bay. Besides the lovely harbour which hosts a fun market on weekends there is also a spacious stretch of beach. On one side, you have the Hottentots Holland Mountains and horse riding is popular, on the other (Chapman’s Peak) side you can swim and sunbathe to your heart’s content.
No matter which beach you end on, you will be astounded by the natural beauty of the Western Cape. I estimate that you have about five months of super sunshine to make your plans, pack your bags and head on over! After all, Cape Town is a premier English learning destination.