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The search for pristine beaches might be hard in some parts of the world, but it is something that a lot of people strive to find. Fortunately for anyone visiting South Africa, Cape Town has 33 beaches that received the international Blue Flag status, meaning it’s fairly easy to find a beautiful beach in the mother city. Below are just a few of the many glorious beaches on offer.
One of the most popular beaches in Cape Town, Camps Bay hosts beautiful white sand and is lined with palm trees, restaurants and bars, and extravagant houses. This beach is considered as one of the “to be seen” beaches with high-end cars rolling along-side the promenade and an abundance of tourists. You should visit this beach at least once on your trip to Cape Town.
Around the corner from Camps Bay beach and also one of the “to be seen” places, is Clifton 4th. While this beach can also become very crowded, there are times when you will be able to sit quietly alone, enjoying a cup of tea and a book. Even when it gets busy, this beach is still incredible to visit.
Llandudno feels as if it is more of a private, secluded beach than the likes of Camps Bay and Clifton. Being positioned between giant boulders and sitting right below steep mountains is what gives it this feeling. The white sand, crystal clear water and natural surroundings make this one of the best spots to relax. It is also well-known for its surf, so if you happen to be a surfer you’ve got amazing waves to look forward to as well.
Bikini Beach in Gordons Bay is a hidden and very small beach. With Sunset beach around the corner being more popular and much bigger, Bikini beach tends to attract a much smaller crowd and is mostly relatively empty. If you are looking for a place to sit and relax, you can do it here. Right next to it is a cute harbour and The Thirsty Oyster Tavern and Seafood Restaurant which you can visit for sundowners whilst you overlook the ocean.
Melkbosstrand is a long beach which is suited perfectly for those sunset walks along the beach you have been longing for. Being quite a long beach, it tends to remain relatively uncrowded. It has a picturesque view of Table Mountain as well as Robben Island which means you can get some great new pictures. Much like many places in Cape Town, it can tend to get windy, which attracts a lot of kite surfers. So, even if you don’t get to walk along the beach, you can have a relaxing afternoon sitting in your car watching the kite surfers with an astonishing backdrop.
These are just 5 of the brilliant Blue Flag beaches in Cape Town that you can visit. There are so many more which you might prefer, just do some searching and you will find them. Some might take a little more exploring than others, but we assure you it will be worth it. You can’t go wrong.
Sources: https://www.getaway.co.za/travel-news/sas-45-blue-flag-beaches-for-this-summer/ , https://www.iol.co.za/capetimes/news/ten-of-cape-towns-beaches-given-blue-flag-status-35701605
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