January 24, 2011
Cape Town rated one of the world’s best beach cities for 2011
Clifton Beach. Photo courtesy Richard Tanswell
It’s official: Cape Town’s beaches are among the most beautiful in the world! Cape Town has been listed as one of The Lonely Planet‘s Ten Best Beach Cities 2011, along with the likes of Barcelona, Rio de Janeiro, Valencia, Miami and Sydney.
Camps Bay Beach and the four Cliftons rival the Amalfi Coast in their beauty, with the sheer cliffs of the 12 Apostles and the tumble of giant boulders at the foot of Signal Hill providing endless eye candy for dreamy beachgoers. Of course, there’s eye candy on a smaller (think: two-piece) scale too – the most beautiful people in the south can be seen frolicking in the surf, playing volleyball and batball and, well, just being gorgeous.
Down the road and over the hill, Noordhoek Beach is an expanse of glittering white and aquamarine that can only be described as exquisite. We tend to underestimate its vastness (try walking end to end sometime) and not to notice the robust dune ecosystem it encompasses (probably because we’re gawking up at Chapman’s Peak and the impossible blue sky).
A skip and a jump over to the False Bay coast and Muizenberg Beach provides endless fun for surfers, kite surfers, kite flyers, fishermen, dog walkers and everybody else. This is the beach where you can see Capetonians in action, out enjoying their beautiful city with friends, family and frisbee. The water is deliciously warm and a light breeze cools things off. Of course, incredible views are part of the package because it’s impossible to get away from the jaw-dropping, camera-clicking view in Cape Town.
Another beach that deserves special mention is Blouberg. It’s the beach from which the famous shots of Table Mountain and the city are taken across Table Bay. Blouberg is sizzling with a classic beachy vibe, a la ice cream cones and promenade. The ocean is well used by kite surfers, who come from all over the world to experience the perfect wind and wave conditions. Blouberg is a hangout spot where you don’t have to be a Sports Illustrated model to fit in (although they’re around). It’s great spot for an afternoon dip or a surf and then a beer at one of the great pubs or restaurants which line the strip.
We’re really just getting started here because there are a dozen other beaches dotted around Cape Town’s extensive coast; treasures like Bakhoven, Hout Bay, Sandy Bay and Fish Hoek, not to mention the splendour at Scarborough and protected beaches further down the coast within the Cape Point reserve.
What else can we say? Sometimes beauty is better seen than spoken of.
Photo courtesy of Shaen Adey