During South Africa's summer months, the four Clifton beaches in Cape Town attract sun lovers from all corners of the globe. It is the ideal location for sunbathing, beach sports, people-watching and relaxing.
From these beautiful beaches, patrons can gaze out across the sparkling waters of the Atlantic Ocean, as well as up to the majestic mountain peaks such as Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles that tower above Camps Bay.
On windy days, Clifton two and three are the best beaches to visit. Because of the cove formation around them, they remain largely unaffected by the wind.
Because of Cape Town’s extended daylight hours in summer, you can tan until as late as 6.30pm, while it only gets dark much later.
Popular beach sports at Clifton include volleyball, touch rugby, Frisbee and beach bats (hitting a tennis ball back and forth with small, round bats).
The waves along this beach, although relatively small, are better suited to more experienced surfers. Bathers can however walk fairly far out before the sand shelf level drops, provided they can handle the chilly waters.
Those looking for a more relaxing time can get a professional massage on the beach. This service is usually offered on weekends during the summer months.
The local refreshment vendors you will meet on the beaches of Clifton are some of the most amusing characters imaginable. Some sales pitches you are likely to hear include: “How about a lolly to make you jolly?” “How about a coke for your bloke?” “I’ve got cool drinks to make your liver shiver and your knees freeze!”
Come and find out why the Lonely Planet rated Cape Town as the world’s second best beach city for 2011, as well as why so many filmmakers and photographers choose Clifton for their projects.