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Top 10: Beaches in the Western Cape

Cape Town's Clifton Beach. Cape Town's Clifton Beach

1 Clifton, Cape Town

There are four fabulous Clifton beaches, 4th Beach has been awarded Blue Flag status – but 1st, 2nd and 3rd beaches all are popular with the masses. Come and see why. more

2 Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town

Enormous granite boulders separate the area into mini-beaches with excellent rock pools (great for kids). Boulders is also famous for its jackass penguin population. more

3 Muizenberg Beach

Famous for its multi-coloured beach huts – Muizenberg is located in scenic False Bay. A recognised Blue Flag beach and a favourite spot for family-inspired beach activities. more

4 Camps Bay Beach

Hugely accessible and very fashionable, Camps Bay Beach (a stone's throw from the Mother City) is a good place to flex those muscles. Great roadside cafes for coffees and cocktails AND people-watching. more

5 Lappiesbaai Beach

A long, curvy bay (near Stilbaai) which is very popular over the holiday season. Lappiesbaai beach has been awarded Blue Flag status three years in a row - and no one can argue with that.

6 Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay

This intimate Blue Flag beach is located in Gordon's Bay and is known as one of the best beaches around - there's safe swimming and great lunch venues close by. more

7 Hawston Beach

Located near Hermanus, Hawston Beach is a Blue Flag beach known for its safe swimming and sensitive ecologically sound environment. A must for nature-lovers. more

8 Grotto Beach, Hermanus

A Blue Flag Beach that goes on for miles – a favourite spot for long beach walks and the odd bout of whale watching. more

9 Plettenberg Bay

Central Beach next to the Beacon Isle Hotel is where boats launch for dolphin, whale and fishing excursions and early morning and late afternoon swimmers and surfers congregate. more

10 Bloubergstrand

This beach is a classic and visitors can walk for miles here. Windsurfers in particular favour Bloubergstrand when the Cape winds blow. Great views of Table Mountain, a photographer's dream! more