Address: Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa

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Sparkling ocean views and a sense of escapism prevail at this city beach.

Clifton actually consists of four beaches, each with its own crowd and personality. They’re separated by groups of boulders and embraced by a mountainside of once ramshackle beach bungalows - now regarded as among the best real estate in town. On the Camps Bay side the fourth beach beckons families whose kids brave the icy shallows for hours on end. Third is the predominantly gay beach, with suitably well-preened fellows eyeing each other up while second is a 'see and be seen' scene – models topping up their tans and glamazons strutting their stuff. Pop down the stairs to first beach for uninterrupted down time under the brolly with your book and, though the water is generally icy as anything, infrequent warm water surges can make for prolonged swimming days too.

Value for money

Expert tips

No Cape Town beach experience is complete without a granadilla 'lolly' or fruit ice - buy one from the roaming vendors on the beach - delicious!

Be warned: there are stairs aplenty here but your reward is a slice of sandy heaven.

Summertime sees parking spaces gobbled up from early – catch a taxi or a bus and hop off at your beach of choice.

Recommended for

  • Couples
  • Families with teenagers
  • Families with younger children
  • First-time travellers
  • Singles
  • Great views / scenery
  • People watching
  • Relaxation