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Western Cape
Cape Town
Weekend Getaway
Day Trips

SSoak up the sun at one of the Western Cape’s most pristine beaches.

Clifton, Cape Town

The four Clifton Beaches in Cape Town are regarded as being among the most beautiful in the world and are home to some of the most sought-after properties in the Southern Hemisphere. The white sands and blue waters have been the subject of countless travel photos over the years.

Boulders Beach, Simon’s Town

At Boulder’s Beach, just outside Cape Town, you can get to know our most famous (and arguably our cutest) birds…the African penguin. You just can’t resist these waddling wonder birds, but that’s a great thing because they love your attention. Beaches here, like Froggy Pond, are popular with locals as they are warmer than the Atlantic beaches and are great swimming beaches. Shallow waters extend quite far out so that swimming and paddling are relatively safe.

Muizenberg Beach, Cape Town

Muizenberg Beach is the ultimate family beach, with its colourful Victorian bathing boxes adding bold hues to the dramatic landscape that has been etched into the minds of beach-going South Africans for decades. It’s also a Blue Flag beach, which means it gets marks for safety, recreational facilities and eco-consciousness.

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town

Palm-fringed, with platinum blonde sands (and bathers to match), Camps Bay Beach is where the well-to-do and the famous congregate to see, and be seen. This Cape Town beach is all about being gorgeous, from its manicured shoreline overlooked by millionaires’ mansions, to dazzling sunsets and minimalist swimwear.

Lappiesbaai Beach, Western Cape

A long curvy bay (near Stillbaai), 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.

BBikini Beach, Gordons Bay

Bikini Beach in Gordons Bay is a great beach hangout for those who are young at heart. With the gracious Hottentots-Holland Mountains in the background, this False Bay beach is popular amongst the students from the nearby Stellenbosch University and visitors who enjoy a laid-back beach lifestyle.

Hawston Beach, Hermanus

Hawston Beach is an immaculate Blue Flag beach destination that combines a range of natural attractions into the mix. Here you’ll find a white stretch of beach, scenic mountains, a wide range of birdlife, and whales and dolphins thrown in for good measure.

Grotto Beach, Hermanus

Grotto Beach in Hermanus is one of two designated Blue Flag beaches in Walker Bay. Grotto’s unspoiled coastline and first-rate amenities make it a popular destination with the “bucket-and-spade brigade”, sun seekers, and those who enjoy long, bare-foot walks along the beach that calm the mind and revive the soul.

Plettenberg Bay, Western Cape

Plettenberg Bay is a top-class destination for nature-lovers, adventurers and beachgoers. Whether you’re after a seaside holiday, a wilderness experience in pristine natural surrounds, or adrenaline-packed adventures, you’ll find all these and more in Plett.

Bloubergstrand Beach, Cape Town

Bloubergstrand is one of the best beaches in the Western Cape when it comes to activities. Situated approximately a 20-minute drive from Cape Town, Bloubergstrand is one of the world’s most popular kitesurfing destinations, also offering surfing, windsurfing and a variety of other outdoor sports.

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"South Africa’s a very special country from coast to mountain. Cape Town itself is just an incredibly beautiful place also an incredibly diverse place, you have Table Mountain, you have indigenous forest and then you have this wealth marine life where you can see orcas and seals and penguins and whales and dolphins all on the same day and octopuses, massive invertebrate bio-diversity. I think, Cape Town is one of the most important bio-diversity hotspots on the planet and it’s also home to a huge community of endemic species and endemics are animals that you only find in that specific place and then when we talk specifically about the Great African sea forest, which is, the beautiful home of The Octopus Teacher. The thing about kelp forests is they cover 25% of the world’s coastlines, they are critical eco systems, they absorb carbon, they protect coastlines from storms and swell which is very important at this time because of rising sea levels and then they are just home to this unbelievable community of animals. They have some of the most bio-diverse habitats on Earth but, what’s happening, all over the world, because of climate change, is they are incredibly fragile. What’s incredible about the Greta African sea forest is the habitat is thriving, you know, it’s a very extensive kelp forest. It runs from De Hoop in the east all the way up the west coast to Namibia in the west and it’s healthy and the structure is there and although, you know, it’s not pristine but because the habitat is thriving the way that it is it really could be and you put your heard under the water there and you will see things that you never dreamed were possible and you’ll look up and there will be light playing through the forest and light rays shining down on you, and, it’s a dreamlike experience. It’s like being in a painting". Film Director, Pippa Ehrlich. We congratulate Netflix’s #MyOctopusTeacher​ for winning at The Oscars. The incredibly beautiful story of one of South Africa’s magical marine life and biodiversity, #MyOctopusTeacher​ was nominated for an Oscar award under the Documentary Feature category. Set in a kelp forest in #FalseBay​, #CapeTown​, South Africa, we say #MyOctopusTeacher​ definitely deserves the Oscar! #ShareSouthAfrica

We didn’t choose a location for this film because we never knew it was going to be a film, this is just what Craig does and what the C-Change project does, we live in Cape Town so we dive in Cape Town. And there are incredible dive sites all over the city, right on our doorstep and the incredible power of this film in some ways, and the joy of it from a filmmaking point of view is that, most natural history shoots you get flown off to some exotic location and then you’re under incredible pressure to get everything you need in three weeks. When you live and work in your home, you can be very picky about exactly the shot that you want. You know, you can wait for the best visibility, you can wait for the scariest storm. And the most amazing part of all of it is you go and dive, and you have these mind blowing experiences and you hold that feeling in your heart, and then you sit down straight afterwards and go back to the edit suite like this magical process of alchemy where it just pours into the film that you’re creating, so this was a once in a lifetime filmmaking process. It’s certainly changed my life." Film Director, Pippa Ehrlich. A showcase of South Africa’s beautiful biodiversity hotspot in a Western Cape kelp forest of #FalseBay​, Netflix's #MyOctopusTeacher​ has won an Oscar award under the Documentary Feature category. Good luck to the team for the brilliant story of a once-in-a-lifetime encounter in one of the most exquisitely beautiful environments on earth 🐙 #ShareSouthAfrica​ #CapeTown​ #FalseBay Learn more about the destination on

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