Incorporated in 1987, Blue Flag Status is one of the most well-known environmental awards in the world, indicating a high level of water quality, public facilities, cleanliness and safety.
With summer around the corner, here’s a list of the top 10 beaches in Cape Town. Bring out the umbrella, slap on some sunscreen and go for a dip at one of these top Blue Flag beaches.
Bikini Beach, Gordon’s Bay
First on the list is Bikini Beach, located along the whale coast. Bikini Beach is a favourite spot for those with children as there are minimal to no waves. The private beach boasts neat facilities and the most idyllic views. The small rocks can be quite uncomfortable when swimming though, so be sure to take some water shoes with you!
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Strandfontein Beach is located along the False Bay coastline which means warmer waters and lovely long walks down the beach. It's famous for having one of the largest tidal pools.
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Mnandi Beach, Strandfontein
Mnandi Beach is fantastic for walking and fishing, and it offers spectacular views over the Wolfgat Nature Reserve’s limestone cliffs. There is ample parking that is well positioned so you don’t even have to get out of your car to enjoy views of the sea, whales, and seals, especially during the winter months. Facilities include water slides, a large freshwater swimming pool and playground, kiosk, as well as picnic and braai areas.
Muizenberg Beach is popular for surfers and is known by locals as the best place to learn to surf because of the slow-moving, constant waves which allow for ample time to get up on your board! With plenty of café’s and surf schools located opposite, this is the ideal spot for holidaymakers and children.
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Fish Hoek Beach
This has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. Warm water and white sand bring in the families and singles alike.
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One of the finest Cape Town beaches, Llandudno has beautiful, soft, white sand and huge boulders that provide for some lovely shady spots if you get there early enough.
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Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay Beach is a socialite’s paradise. With celebrities staying in the area and popular restaurants and night clubs just a few feet away, you are bound to have fun in this picturesque beach. This is the place to be so beware, finding parking can take a while!
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Similar to Camps Bay, Clifton 4th is a trendy hang out spot for locals and has a number of upmarket restaurant clubs nearby. Come watch the sunset (or the beautiful people) at this top Cape Town beach.
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A beautiful clean beaches with a tidal pool and plenty of space to enjoy. Take note that there are a lot of stairs from the pavilion to the beach and entry is closed to day visitors at 6pm.
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This is surfers paradise and much more of a family spot because of the ample green parks and playground for children to play. There is ample, free parking available and the facilities are clean. An abundance of seafood restaurants and pubs line the strip.
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Not only does Cape Town boast the most number of Blue Flag beaches in the country, but the Western Cape is also the top performing province with 37 beaches awarded full and pilot Blue Flag Status.
KwaZulu-Natal has nine full Blue Flag beaches and seven pilot beaches followed by the Eastern Cape with seven beaches enjoying full Blue Flag status.
The oceans around Cape Town are heavily polluted with a variety of chemicals and pharmaceuticals that are now being found in the flesh of fish being caught. Fish found in waters off Kalk Bay have been found to contain everything from antibiotics and pain killers to cleaning chemicals and other toxic substances with at least 15 different chemical compounds being found in alarming numbers.
It is always good news to hear about declining levels of poaching of any kind. For decades the Niassa Reserve in Mozambique was one of the top spots for illegal elephant ivory poaching. We are elated to report the good news that this once “ivory factory” has not seen a single elephant killed since 2018.
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