Cape Town is a coastal city with a coastline stretching 307km along the West Coast with the Indian and Atlantic Oceans ‘meeting’ just off Cape Point.
Cape Town is a coastal city with a coastline stretching 307km along the West Coast. The Cape Peninsula separates two of the world’s great oceans, the cold Atlantic Ocean and the slightly warmer Indian Ocean, which meet officially at Cape Agulhas, about three hours outside of Cape Town.
Swimming is a popular pastime, particularly on the Indian Ocean side, while you might want to pack a wetsuit if you are looking to brave the colder Atlantic Ocean temperatures, which can drop below 10⁰C. The beaches on the Indian Ocean side are generally preferred by locals and manned by lifeguards, making them relatively safe for swimming.
The oceans along the coast are also alive with activities, ranging from high-speed boat trips from locations such as the V&A Waterfront and Simons Town to scuba diving off Robben Island and surf lessons at Blouberg and Muizenberg.