Hey everyone, it’s Tuva here with another blog post! Before I start with this blogpost I just want to give you all a bit of a backstory. I have spent this Christmas in one of my favorite places on earth - South Africa. My parents fell in love with SA before I was even born which lead to multiple vacations there, which also lead to the fact that I feel like home there. I absolutely love the culture and the people. It’s such a fascinating country with so much to offer. Especially when it comes to nice beaches.
Are you planning a trip to South Africa? Or maybe just in your mind? If you have any slightest interest in knowing what great beaches you can find around Cape Town, this is the post for you.
Camps Bay Beach
Sweet sweet Camps Bay, one of my favorite places in the world. Camps Bay has a great central location with a amazing view of the 12 apostles, Table Mountain and especially Lion’s Head. It’s blessed with a amazing beach and it’s main road, Victoria Road is flaked by the Atlantic Ocean on one side, The Twelve Apostles mountain range on the other, and palm trees, little cafes and gorgeous hotels and villas in between. So in other words.. as insta worthy as it can be.
Camps Bay Beach is as many other South African beaches, a beach with very white sand. Which I really like even though you always burn your feet lol. The beach is often quite crowded but you won’t have a hard time finding a place. When we were there this December we only took a quick bath since it’s always really freezing water sound Cape Town.
It’s not really a city to go snorkeling in, but also there’s a lot of white sharks in SA because of the reason that they enjoy the cold water. Which doesn’t make you that hyped to go out for a swim either. So always remember to check the shark spotting programme and the flags before going into the water.
Clifton’s beaches are divided into four districts – 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th. All of them have different reputations and some are a bit more crowded, but that really depends on what time of the day you’re visiting. Clifton’s beaches are generally really popular beaches and are some of the most famous ones. With luxury houses and apartment buildings around, white sand and colorful umbrellas, Clifton is the place for you who like it clean and close to the city. I really like Clifton, I tend to like small beaches and since Clifton is divided in 4 smaller beaches I like that you can visit all of them and find out which one fits you the best!
It’s also nice that even though it’s very close to the road you don’t really notice that while being down at the beach. Clifton is located down a hill. And the road is much more further up on the hill. So to come down to the beaches you have to find the stairs that might be a bit tricky for some people to walk. I know my grandma had a bit of a rough time since it’s quite steep at some places and quite a exercise to walk up. But it’s really such a great view over the sea!
Noordhoek beach is one of the coolest and most beautiful beaches I know. It is so insanely long and wide. It takes around 10 minutes to walk from the start of the beach to the ocean and the whole beach is as long as 8 km, which is just crazy long. Noordhoek is also famous for having lots of big waves but actually, when we stopped to take a swim on this vacation, it was just perfect although you can’t feel your own feet after 5 minutes because of the cold!
Noordhoek is a suburb located below the Chapman’s peak drive on the West Coast of the Cape Peninsula. In a really big nature reserve. Something I can recommend doing while visiting the area is going to a ranch named Sleepyhollow and go horseback riding on the beach. Funny story, all of the horses in our group were males except mine who were a female, who also ironically were famous for kicking other horses… It was a beautiful ride but my horse was a bit scary. And also the name Sleepyhollow reminded me so much of Starshollow in Gilmore Girls haha.
If you have the chance to visit these beaches, do not doubt.
Wirtten by Lifestyle & Travel Blogger: Tuva Zetterdahl