Cape Town’s Top Five Rest and Relaxation Activities

Strand Beach. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Cape Town Beaches

The Cape Peninsula is flanked by the ocean on either side, and you can find beautiful beaches along both coastlines.

Cape Town’s beaches are divided into three regions:

  • False Bay stretches from Gordons Bay to Simon’s Town. The water temperature along False Bay is about 12°C and 17°C. The Jaeger Walk between Fish Hoek beach and Sunny Cove is a cemented walk between the shoreline and the Southern Line rail route.
  • The Southern Line rail route runs from the Cape Town central business district all the way through to Simon’s Town, along the coastline. The trip takes about an hour and a quarter and takes you through a fascinating, ever-changing landscape. Hop on and off as you please and while on board, enjoy the view!
  • The Atlantic Seaboard runs along the along the west side of the Cape Peninsula and has some of the trendiest places to see and be seen at. The West Coast’s endless windswept beaches and rocky shoreline run from Cape Town to Melkbos and beyond. It is here that you can see a picture postcard view of Table Mountain, the remains of shipwrecks and enjoy whale spotting during calving season.

Of these regions, Cape Town is proud to boast six beaches with full international Blue Flag status:

  • Clifton 4th Beach (Atlantic Seaboard)
  • Camps Bay (Atlantic Seaboard)
  • Muizenberg (False Bay coast)
  • Mnandi, Mitchells Plein (False Bay coast)
  • Bikini Beach, Gordons Bay (False Bay coast)
  • Strandfontein, West Coast

Fresh Air

Camelot Spa. Photo © Cape Town Tourism

Thanks to our somewhat notorious south-easterly wind called the “Cape Doctor”, we have excellent clean air. A walk on any of Cape Town’s beaches or promenades is an opportunity to fill your lungs and invigorate your mind. Stroll through any one of the Peninsula’s many forests or fragrant fynbos contour paths and put things back into perspective.
Cape Town’s Spas and Wellness Centres

The Cape Peninsula offers plenty of top-class spas that promise to relieve the stress of a jam-packed travel itinerary with massage, wraps, hot rocks, beauty treatments and specialist treatments such as vinotherapy (wine grape therapy) and hydro-therapy (water therapy). From the city centre to the tip of the Southern and Northern Suburbs (and still further afield) there are many luxury spas to choose from at major hotels, estates and wellness centres.

Green Lifestyle

Increasingly environmentally aware, Capetonians are choosing healthy, organic and raw food and clean living is their top priority. The city offers plenty of health shops, fresh produce markets, groceries and healing centres, as well as networks, groups and fairs. Spiritual retreats are offered by religious and non-religious groups, while a number of Sufi, Buddhist and general meditation centres are scattered throughout the Peninsula.

Medical Tourism

Cape Town’s medical expertise is world-renowned. Many visitors in need of operations or cosmetic surgery have the work done by one of Cape Town’s specialist doctors. The rates are competitive and visitors spend the rest of their time recuperating in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, being pampered or just enjoying the view, the food and wine.

Please do not hesitate to contact Cape Town Tourism for suggestions on what to see and do, where to eat, how to get around and where to stay. Contact or call +27 (0)21 487 6800.