Top 9 best beaches in and around Cape Town, South Africa

Beaches in CT
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Published By: Halaal Travels

Last Updated: 27 November 2022

Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order. Your experience might be different based on your personal preference. This post was created as a guide for information purposes only. Please verify and do your own research prior to visiting any of the beaches on this list.

If you are looking for some sand, sea and sunshine, a beach day is a must. We are truly spoilt for choice with 72 beaches you can choose from when you travel to Cape Town. Let’s narrow it down and help you select the beaches you would like to visit with this list of 9 of the best beaches in and around Cape Town. 

1. Camps Bay Beach 

Known for its vibrant atmosphere. Camps Bay beach has a beautiful, long stretch of white sand, bordered by a promenade full of restaurants and hotels. This beach is fun and lively and tends to get overcrowded especially over the weekends during the warm summer months.

Camps Bay beach is one of the more accessible beaches that is located close to the city centre of Cape Town. Parking is available right alongside the beach. Making it easy and very accessible. This is especially appreciated when going to the beach with young kids. An added bonus to spending the day at Camps Bay beach is that you can just cross over the street and indulge in coffee, ice cream or grab a meal and then head back to the beach. The views are amazing and it is a beach definitely worth visiting. However, you might not be able to swim in this beach as the water is usually cold all year round. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat. There are clean bathrooms available at Camps Bay Beach that could be used to make wudhu.

2. Llandudno Beach

Llandudno beach is nestled between Camps Bay and Hout Bay. This suburb is home to some of the most exclusive real estate in the city of Cape Town. Llandudno beach is surrounded by boulders which adds to the picturesque prestige of this beach. This beach is ideal for hanging out with your friends and family. The soft white sand makes it perfect to play beach volleyball or any other fun games. Boulder hopping can also be added as a fun activity to do here at Llandudno beach. If you walk along the South side of the beach you will come to boulders known as Sunset Rocks. Here is an ideal evening picnic spot to enjoy a truly magical African sunset. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

3. Clifton Beach 1-4

These are four beaches that are separated by boulders. Each of these four beaches attract its own crowd and are usually full with both locals and tourists during the hot summer days. These beaches are protected from the notorious ‘SouthEastern’ Cape Town wind. The most popular of these being Clifton 4th beach. It is advisable that you arrive very early if you plan on visiting any of these beaches as parking is very limited. Additionally if you are visiting any of the Clifton beaches you will need to pack light as each of these beaches are only accessible via stepped and winding narrow pathways. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

4. Beta beach at Bakoven

This tiny, albeit hidden beach is located next to the Oudekraal beach. It is made up of coarse beach sand and giant boulders. The giant boulders help in protecting this beach from the wind. From this beach you will get exceptional views of the Twelve Apostles and Lions Head. Beta beach is a lot quieter than the Clifton beaches and Camps Bay beach.  This beach is a popular spot for photo shoots. It is not an ideal beach to go to if you have kids and would like to play any games on the sand with them. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

5. Oudekraal Beach

Located between Bakoven and Llandudno, opposite the 12 Apostles Hotel & Spa, Oudekraal beach is known as the best beach to have a braai at. Here you will find 35 well-maintained braai sites scattered in the area. An entrance fee is required before entering and having a braai at this beach. It is also recommended that you bring your snorkelling gear with you to see some of the exciting marine life. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

6. Sunset Beach 

Located just 15 minutes from Cape Town city centre. This beach is hidden among the suburb of beautiful houses. This beach is regularly frequented by surfers and kite-surfers. It is truly a hidden gem, and as the name suggests, it makes for a great sunset location. With views of the ocean and the iconic Table Mountain, it is a beach I am sure you will fall in love with. 

Salah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

7. Lagoon Beach

Lagoon Beach is lined with accommodation options. This beach provides you with an uninterrupted view of Table Mountain and has the fun lagoon that kids simply love to play in. Lagoon Beach is located near the Century City shopping mall. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

8. Muizenberg Beach

This is one of the most famous beaches in Cape Town. It is very popular among surfers and locals. Locals love that this beach has relatively warmer waters to swim in compared to the beaches in the Atlantic Ocean. Muizenberg beach is in the Indian Ocean side of Cape Town. But there is one other reason this beach is so popular among locals and tourists, and that is because of the colourful houses that line the beach. These make for iconic picture perfect backdrops. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

9. Boulders Beach

Home to a resident penguin colony and free roaming colony of African penguins. This would be the number one beach you need to visit on your trip to Cape Town. If you are ever in a predicament and can only visit one beach, this would be the one you should visit. 

There is an entrance fee that you would need to pay at this beach if you would like to spend the day swimming with the penguins (if they are in the water on the day you plan on visiting). Or alternatively you could take a walk along the boardwalk and enjoying seeing the penguins at this beach. 

Salaah Facilities: Currently Halaal Travels does not know where the nearest Salaah Facilities are located. Best to carry your own prayer mat.

While enjoying the sun-soaked shores of the beach, adventure seekers can also test their wits at Africa’s largest and most popular escape room company, HintHunt, conveniently located near the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.

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