Best Secret Beaches in Cape Town

Summer might be on its way out in the Mother City but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of beach days in the weeks to come. Avoid the crowds that flock to the waves when the sun comes out and choose one of the secret beaches in Cape Town to get your dose of vitamin D!

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Saunders Rock Beach

A small walk from the popular Sea Point promenade, Saunder’s Rock beach is a great place to get some sun this summer. The short beach has coarse sand and is well sheltered from the wind. On one side you’ll find a deep tidal pool with cool salty water that’s hidden from the road and surrounded by flat rocks that are perfect for sun-tanning.

Glen Beach

A neighbour to the more popular Camps Bay Beach, Glen Beach is a surfers paradise and one of the best spots to watch the sunset in Cape Town. Enclosed by massive boulders on either side, the semi-circular beach with its soft white sand can be accessed by a small steep path from the road above. Pack a picnic and watch the sun disappear behind the horizon as another day ends in the Mother City.

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Water’s Edge Beach

Located near Simon’s Town and just around the corner from the popular Boulder’s Beach, which is well known for its penguin population, you will find Water’s Edge Beach. A welcome respite from the busy sands of the famous Boulder’s, this secret Cape Town beach is frequented by locals and what’s more, even the odd penguin makes it way around the bay – offering the chance to swim with these little creatures without paying the entrance fee!

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Little Beach

Around the corner from Cape Town’s trendy Bakhoven Beach, Little Beach is a sheltered cove with uninterrupted views of Lion’s Head and Camps Bay. The beach is surrounded by large boulders that jut out of the water – perfect for those adventurous few who are brave enough to plunge into the chilly water. Sheltered from the infamous Cape Town wind and sometimes hectic waves, Little Beach is great for a family friendly day in the surf.


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