Cities with beaches offer some of the most incredible experiences one can imagine! The combination of city, culture, and sandy beaches make for the perfect holiday vacation. But before you pick your destination of choice — and there are plenty of options to choose from — it is worth taking a closer look at the beaches available to you. You may find that the country you are interested in visiting is home to plenty of cities with beaches.. but how can you know which one offers the best of both worlds? Is it better to visit Barcelona or Malaga? Sydney or Melbourne? South Africa is no different, with plenty of cities offering excellent beach retreats. Let us take a closer look at Cape Town’s best beaches:
Clifton Beaches: A short distance from the centre of Cape Town, the Clifton Beaches is perhaps the city’s most famous beachside spot. As a collection of four beaches, this sprawl of sand offers visitors all the important bits: easy access, sunshine, beautiful sand, and breathtaking views. Its downside? The beaches are on the Atlantic side, so you may want to take your wetsuit if you fancy getting in the water…
Camps Bay: For a more European vibe, make your way to Camps Bay. This breathtaking spot — which is incredibly popular with tourists — attracts plenty of locals as well, courtesy of its picture-perfect features. Whether you are a lover of palm trees and golden sands, or you prefer the drama of the dramatic mountain ranges, this beach boasts a wow factor. Add to that a wide range of al fresco dining options just off the beach itself and you have got yourself a pretty spectacular daytrip!
Boulders Beach: Ever wanted to see a penguin on a sandy beach? Yes — we’re being totally serious! The African Penguin calls Boulders beach home and this large colony is more than happy to pose for tourists. The beach itself lies on the False Bay side, so the warmer water — and not to mention the decent waves — will be a draw for those interested in surfing and/or bodyboarding. Bear in mind this beach is a drive out of the city!
Muizenberg: While Muizenberg might not be the prettiest in our selection, the beach is incredibly popular for its length, accessibility, and its mellowness. If you would like to try your hand at surfing but don’t want to concern yourself with barrelling waves, this is the perfect beach for you. And just like Boulders, it boasts warmer water so you can leave that wetsuit behind as you head into the water…
Whichever beach you decide to head to and whatever it is you will spend your time doing — surfing, picnicking, or penguin-watching — do bear in mind that alcohol is banned from public beaches in South Africa. If you would like a holiday drink during your time by the sea, make sure you pick a spot next to one of the many restaurants and bars that hug the coastline. But who needs booze when the surroundings are so beautiful anyways?
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