Every Capetonian knows that there’s nothing like a refreshing dip on a hot post-Christmas day to ensure the festive bloat floats away. If you’re looking to skip the beach, but still want to indulge in a beautiful ocean chill session, tidal pools are the next best thing. These tranquil swimming spots are perfect for the kiddies and are regularly filled by the tides – nature’s swimming pool!

Millers Point

Beautiful views, natural rock pools and a fun waterslide – what more could you ask for? There are also grassy patches and braai spots, so you can make a day of it.

  • Location: Simon’s Town

 

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Maiden’s Cove Tidal Pools

Gorgeous views of the ocean and mountain, Maiden’s Cove is located in the heart of Camps Bay, making it the ideal location for those looking to enjoy the vibrant atmosphere and restaurants that this neighbourhood has to offer.

  • Location: Camps Bay

 

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Soetwater

If you’re looking to take a drive and enjoy the beautiful coastal views, head to Kommetjie and enjoy this refreshing tidal pool. There’s a massive kelp forest a stone’s throw away if you’re looking to explore all the marine life.

  • Location: Kommetjie

 

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Wooley’s Tidal Pool

It might not be as big as Dalebrook or St James, but this tidal pool is brimming with a few mesmerising views of its own. It’s a great location for the kids as it’s a lot smaller and offers its own unique experience. Who doesn’t want to watch the sunset as you listen to the waves roll in?

  • Location: Main Road, Kalk Bay

 

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Buffels Bay

A beautiful and tranquil drive that turns into a refreshing and tranquil swim. Buffels Bay is an incredible spot if you really want to immerse yourself in the rich diversity that the Western Cape is famous for. The best part? It’s often free of crowds and offers a few grassy patches that is perfect for a picnic or braai.

Location: Buffels Bay Beach, Cape Point Nature Reserve (via M4)

 

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