Cape Town’s beaches are hard to beat. Spend your downtime taking long walks on the shore, swimming in and surfing the salty blue or playing with the kids on the sand.
There are wild beaches with rugged rocky shores and impressive waves, there are tropical-style beaches with white sand and turquoise water, and there are long stretches of sandy swimming beaches that are perfect for a family day out. Surfers, stand-up paddlers and kite-surfers are spoilt for choice too.
Beautiful Beaches and Some of the Best Beachfront Accommodation
There’s an almost endless variety of accommodation in Cape Town that is close to or along the beaches of the Mother City. Here are just a few spots that you can add to your itinerary then next time you’re in Cape Town.
Camps Bay, Bantry Bay, Clifton and Llandudno
Luxury meets the ocean in these exclusive suburbs. The guest houses and boutique hotels in Clifton are special and most have impressive views of the sea and mountain. The holiday homes in these suburbs tend to be gorgeous and opulent – perfect for a spoil.
This spot is in the exclusive beachfront suburb of Bantry Bay with its beautiful views, surrounded by some of the most expensive homes in the Western Cape. It’s perfect for a couple, has an outdoor patio from where the sea views are best savoured, and is just five minutes from the V&A Waterfront and the city centre of Cape Town.
Luxury with the Atlantic Ocean at your fingertips – this is the Enchanted experience in Bantry Bay. These elegant suites are a minute’s walk from Saunders Rock Beach and most have balconies with ocean or mountain views. Breathe in the sea spray with your morning cuppa or a sundowner when you unwind in this timeless Victorian home.
This Camps Bay gem offers close proximity to the beach, which is sandwiched between palm trees, Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. The large en-suite rooms have air-con and flat-screen TV’s. But, it is definitely the inviting balcony and its sea views that make it irresistible.
The V&A Waterfront
For magnificent views of the sea and Table Mountain, it’s hard to beat the various apartments, hotels and guest houses in and around The Waterfront. Of course, being on the water but also right in the heart of the CBD is a massive bonus for visitors that love the urban vibe.
This gorgeous self-catering apartment is in De Waterkant, right in the heart of the city centre and on the shores of the sea. It is open and light, with massive windows showing off beautiful views of Table Mountain and the City Bowl. And the working waterfront and all its shops and restaurants are right on your doorstep.
A charming fishing village with a lovely beach and quirky attractions, Fish Hoek is only an hour from the City Bowl and is nestled between Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town. Accommodation options here range from super-luxurious to affordable apartments.
Fish Hoek’s spectacular beach is a tonic for tired bodies and minds. This lodge is a comfy home-from-home and boasts breath-taking views of False Bay, its white beach, and Sunny Cove. The beach is just a few minutes’ walk away. The lodge has two suites – a one-bedroom unit for two people and a two-bedroom unit that accommodates four.
For gorgeous beaches and historical homes, Simon’s Town is an irresistible retreat from the city. It’s known as an important base for the Navy and has a fascinating working harbour. It’s also renowned as the home of the Boulders Beach penguin colony, where these curious marine birds wander around and welcome human visitors.
It’s hard to beat the ocean views from the deck of this penthouse, which looms over the charming town and False Bay. Great for up to seven guests, this spot has an outdoor hammock for summer afternoons and an indoor fireplace for the cooler evenings. Boulders Beach is nearby too.
Flanked by the hills and the ocean, Scarborough is a charming collection of beach homes that feel a world away from the real world. It is popular for artists and musicians that find inspiration in simple, wild, natural beauty.
This three-bedroom home in Scarborough is ideal for up to nine guests and is only two minutes’ walk from the beach. There’s an outdoor shower and fire pit and a spacious dining area for gusts that want to entertain. Scarborough is only 33 kilometres from Cape Town, and is laid-back; ideal for a real getaway.
A three-bedroom villa right on the beach near Scarborough is just what the doctor ordered. It is only metres from the sea and has two terraces. The main bedroom’s balcony is all about that exquisite sea view. There’s a swimming pool and braai area too, for guests that want to make the most of the outdoors.
This fishing village has a motley collection of homes, attractions and, of course, accommodation. It’s a stunning weekend getaway for local Capetonians, but also an ideal laid-back retreat for visitors from around the world.
This B&B in the village of Hout Bay is irresistible for its ocean and mountain views – best enjoyed from the private balcony of each suite. The lush garden attracts loads of birds and the beach is close by. Hout Bay is also home to a quirky combination of restaurants and shops that are so fun to explore.
Famous for its long, pristine beach, with its white sands and clear blue sea; Noordhoek is a fairly idyllic spot for beach fans. The village of Noordhoek is only about 30 minutes from the City Bowl of Cape Town and is close to Kalk Bay, Simon’s Town and Fish Hoek.
Perched on the high slopes above the Noordhoek Valley, in the heart of the fynbos, are two exquisite cottages (for six and four guests respectively). Each has a secluded garden and barbecue area, and the iconic white beach of Noordhoek is just a short drive away, as are vineyards and a host of lovely restaurants.
Blouberg and Milnerton
Renowned for their consistent winds (perfect for kite-surfing) and breath-taking views of Table Mountain, these areas are home to countless B&B’s, guest houses, holiday apartments and hotels. They’re only about 20 minutes from the CBD of Cape Town.
Milnerton is home to this stylish guest house, where inviting suites and pretty mountain and ocean views are all part of the experience. There are fountains and duck ponds in the garden, and a heated swimming pool for sweltering summer days.
This suburb is flanked by the mountains and the ocean, and is characterised by its eclectic variety of houses, shops and eateries. The beach here feels endless, stretching some 40 kilometres all the way to Gordon’s Bay. The waves are very popular for stand-up paddlers and surfers and the summer wind makes it popular for kiting and hand-winging.
These elegant, open-plan apartments couldn’t get much closer to Muizenberg’s beaches without landing in the waves. There are one-, two- and three-bedroom options as well as a luxurious penthouse. Spend your days in the waves, then head back to a little understated luxury and enjoy incredible views with a glass of South African wine.
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