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Cape Town Tourism

World-class beaches in Cape Town and surroundings

Let's clarify that the beaches on the Atlantic coast is the most beautiful but oh so cold. It can vary 10 degrees C (50F) between the Atlantic and Indian Ocean. The normal water temperature on the Atlantic coast all year round is 14-18 degrees C, in the Indian Ocean about 10 degrees C (50F) warmer. The reason is that flows from the Antarctic are driving up north along the Atlantic coast, while the warm currents from the Equator runs south along the Indian Ocean.

This also gives an amazing contrasts in plant and animal life in the ocean, the nutrient-rich Atlantic offers a lot of fish, seals, sea lions and penguins while the Indian Ocean offers dolphins, sharks and whales. And this scenario can be experienced only by driving approximately 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) between the oceans!

The most popular are:

Clilfton Beach

Clifton Beach with its four beaches, is known worldwide. At No. 1 & 2 you will find "the beautiful people", models and like-minded people. No. 3 is the gay beach and No. 4 is a family beach.

Getting there: car or minibus taxis - or Round and About Tours

Camps Bay Beach

Camps Bay Beach
At the foot of the Twelve Apostles with its soft white sand beach, considered as one of the world's most beautiful beaches. A very popular beach, close to bars and Cape Town restaurants

Getting there: car or minibus taxis - or Round and About Tours

Hout Bay

Hout Bay
Very safe family beach that is never crowded. Close to restaurants.

Getting there: car or minibus taxis - or Round and About Tours

Boulders penguin beach

Boulders Beach
The famous penguin beach outside Simonstown. You swim among penguins and large boulders

Getting there: Car or train to Simonstown and (quite a long) walk - or Round and About Tours

Fish Hoek Beach

Fish Hoek
Safe shallow family beach with beach restaurant, playground and cabanas.

Getting there: train or car - or Round and About Tours