Of all the numerous Blue Flag beaches in the Western Cape, none are more beloved than Clifton 1st through to 4th! For a properly busy beach with perfect sands, many swimming spots and all manner of beach and ocean activity, Clifton Beach is the way to go.
On perfect summer afternoons you will see luxury yachts dropping anchor in the bay, which is uniquely sheltered from the frequent Capetonian winds (specifically the south easterly ones).
After a dip (or two) and maybe some beach volleyball, why not head over to Bungalow for their signature pomegranate mojito mixed with Bacardi rum muddled with fresh pomegranate, lime quarters, pomegranate syrup and mint leaves (amazing!).
Location: You’ll find Clifton on the far right of Camps Bay (facing the ocean) stretching below Bantry Bay on the way to Sea Point.
Bakoven beach is a fantastic little shelly beach to take kids to, the ample rock pools and kelp forests are great fun to explore and the water is a lovely deep blue. You have greater privacy on this small beach, but a lack of amenities, so make sure that you bring everything you need.
If you need a good caffeine fix or (as we discovered) and amazing veg burger, Bootleggers is around the corner (have the Quinoa Veg Burger with a beetroot, quinoa and flax seed patty topped with avocado, coriander and served with sweet potato chips).
An excellent beach that feels out of the way, while still being quite central.
Location: The far left side of Camps Bay (when facing the ocean), follow Victoria Drive in the direction of Hout Bay, turn off into Beta Road.
Picnics on the beach are a holiday staple that everybody needs to experience. For soft sand lovers there is the iconic Camps Bay beach with its’ one-in-a-kind view of the ocean and majestic mountain backdrop. If the sand is not what you’re looking for there is always the rocky outcrop between Camps Bay and Glen Beach which affords all the same views (some say better).
Things you will need:
A nice big blanket
Drinks and snacks (please remember, open alcoholic beverages are illegal on our beaches)
Frisbees, beach bats etc etc.
For snacks we would highly recommend Kleinsky’s Delicatessen in Sea Point, especially their Bada-Bing Bagel (Beef bresaola, provolone cheese, rocket and lemon Dijon vinaigrette). You could also pop by Giovanni's
in Green Point, and browse their fantastic selection of cold meats, freshly baked breads, fine cheeses and jams to stock up for your excursion.
Grab your sunscreen and your hat, you’ve been indulging in all the finer things that Cape Town has to offer, now it’s time to pay some of that decadence forward :-) Bring the kids, there is something for every age at the Green Point Urban Park. Tucked between the Cape Town Stadium grounds and the lighthouse marking the border between Green and Mouille Point the park is a truly South African take on a European style common. Rolling green lawns, outdoor exercise equipment, a massive biodiversity garden, several play areas with all kinds of things for kids to climb on, run around in and crawl over. The park is divided into three areas, People & Plants, Wetlands, and Discovering Biodiversity, with many information boards that make the stroll informative as well as beautiful. The fact that all the water you see comes directly from springs and rivers on top of Table Mountain only adds to the magic. Seeing as you’ve done your bit to burn some calories, maybe you could allow yourself a little reward, perhaps in the form of an ice-cream? The Creamery Café in Mouille Point is artisanal ice cream at its finest. Try the classics, such as the Sea Salt Caramel or the Rosetta Roastery Coffee flavours, and pop over the road to have a look at the last remnants of the RMS Athens which was wrecked on these rocks on the 17###sup/sup### of May 1865.
The twin influences of being a thriving international tourist destination and having a vast range of culinary cultural inspirations make Cape Town a haven for any foodie. Though the list of great dining experiences to be had is long, we have shortlisted several favorites based on flavor, ambience and location.
Jarryds Espresso Bar + Eatery
If you are looking to start your day deliciously or recover from an exciting evening, there is breakfast and then there is breakfast at Jarryd’s. Jarryd’s source their ingredients, they don’t simply buy them. Their Fair Trade coffee is lovingly crafted at Espresso Lab in the Old Biscuit Mill, their milk is collected from a local dairy and for their bread (it’s heavenly) they have teamed up with Bentleys Bread Co. using only natural unbleached local stone ground flour. The attention to detail and the stringency applied to the quality of the ingredients reflects in the amazing spread that Jarryd’s offers. The toasted banana bread is a must have, also, the Jarryd’s Breakfast scramble, try the option with exotic mixed mushrooms, parmesan and truffle oil, you will not be disappointed. Alternatively the smoked salmon potato rosti stack with crushed buttery zesty peas, grilled zucchini ribbons, walnuts, caper berries, remoulade and a poached egg. The atmosphere is laid back, with a New York eatery flair, the staff are welcoming and attentive, and you you will often find the owner himself whipping up a round of coffees behind the espresso bar.
After a great meal it’s a good idea to go stretch your legs and explore the main road on foot. Amongst the many antique stores dotted throughout the town, the Kalk Bay Trading Post stands out due to the range of memorabilia as well as its longevity. They sport a massive array of trinkets and treasures including books, glasses and bottles, old toys, china, vintage tins, post cards and retro film posters. For a little keepsake or special memoir of a day well spent, pop by and pick up something unique.
During your explorations of the “deep south” in the Western Cape, including Cape Point and beautiful Kommetjie, you’ll want to take a day for the historic Kalk Bay and Simonstown. Crammed with little boutique clothing stores, eateries and a vast assortment of antiquities dealers, Kalk Bay is squashed between the ocean, the scenic train line and rugged mountain ranges. The mountains themselves contain several hiking trails through Echo Valley and Spes Bona Forest, with varying degrees of difficulty. For starters, you’ll want to mosey on over to Boulders (before Simonstown on the way from Cape Point) to visit the penguins.
Boulders Bay Penguins
At Boulders you will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to engage in an absolutely unique and enchanting experience where you swim in azure clear waters, amongst penguins and white sand beaches. Boulders Beach is a huge African Penguin breeding colony, and offers unparalleled viewing of these vocal and numerous birds. The water here is slightly warmer and thus more pleasant to bathe in, try and visit in the morning, before the midday heat.