With summer well on its way, there is no better way to cool off from the heat and welcome the sunny season than by heading to the beach.
With popular beaches crowded in December, we have found a few ‘secret’ ocean escapes in Cape Town where you can enjoy your own piece of paradise under the sun, whether you prefer swimming in the ocean or reading your favourite holiday book under an umbrella with the soothing sounds of crashing waves nearby.
Five secret beaches in Cape Town:
1. Beta Beach
Nestled in Bakoven, Beta beach is a tiny nook that provides a temporary escape from the realities of the world. Although only big enough to accommodate a small number of people, the beach is secluded and makes up for its coarse sand and freezing waters with its sunny views of Lions head and the bay.
Despite being dubbed an “exclusive” beach because it lies on the doorstep of private residences, Beta is a public beach. The sheltering boulders prevent wind from flowing through the area, meaning visitors can sunbathe without sand whipping into their faces.
Insider tip: Space is limited, so it is advised that visiters get there early to secure a spot.
Address: Bakoven, Cape Town
2. Windmill Beach
The waters around this little beach in Simon’s Town are shallow and mostly quite still, meaning they are fairly safe for small children to splash around in (supervised, of course). If you are not in the mood for a bracing swim, Windmill Beach is also ideal for picnicking, snorkelling, and kayaking. It is also a popular diving spot, as a large amount of fish can be seen here.
Parking here is minimal, but there are fresh-water showers and basic toilets available. The beach is protected from cold wind by large surrounding boulders.
Insider tip: There are no lifeguards or shark spotters nearby, so visitors are advised to swim with caution.
Address: Simons Town, False Bay
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3. Diaz Beach
A 20-minute walk down the hill on Cape Point, Diaz beach is well-worth the trek and provides a unique romantic setting.
Sunbathing bliss awaits those looking to soak up some Vitamin D; pull out a deckchair or lay your towel out under an umbrella and spend the day unwinding on the shore.
However, swimming is not recommended at this beach due to the strong currents that can pull swimmers far out into the ocean, and visitors are advised not to go any further than ankle-deep into the water.
4. Olifantsbos beach
Situated right next to Cape Nature Reserve, this small beach is ideal for surfers, with the South Easterly winds creating large swells.
There are toilets and free parking available near the beach. Must-do trails such as the Shipwreck Trail and Sirkelsvlei Walk are also nearby.
Insider tip: Park a picnic basket on the white sand here and dig into a delicious spread for the afternoon.
5. Scarborough Beach
Although this beach is well-known, few Capetonians wander to this far-out part of Cape Town, normally choosing a sunbathing spot closer to the city centre, which leaves more space for visitors. Scarborough’s pristine beaches with exquisite turquoise waters make up for the distance from the city and as a bonus, the beach is dog-friendly.
Rock pools are situated near the beach and the children will enjoy exploring them.
Insider tip: swimmers are advised to be cautious as there is a rip current.
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