Today’s post comes from Craig of the popular travel blog, YTravelBlog. Among the many places around the world, they’ve been is Cape Town, South Africa. It’s also one of my favorite cities in the world. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be showcasing some of their photos from Cape Town to show off this great city that we both have a passion for. Here’s how I’ve organized the series:
- Beaches of Cape Town
- Shopping and Dining in Cape Town
- Natural Wonders of Cape Town
- Apartheid Legacies in Cape Town
- Roadtrip Around Cape Town
So, let’s get it started with Craig and Caz’s introduction. Enjoy!
Cape Town Series Introduction
I love Cape Town. It’s without question one of my favorite cities around the world.
And I say that after traveling through 35 countries and living abroad since 2002.
It’s a vibrant and beautiful city with many sights to explore, and it made the list of our 11 Places We Could Live Around the World.
I have visited Cape Town three times now. It’s one of those places that really gets under your skin, and my most recent visit was to attend my brother in-laws wedding.
So what is it about Cape Town that has me so captivated? Why do I keep returning and longing for more?
Beaches of Cape Town
Clifton is an affluent suburb of Cape Town and is home to the beautiful people and the place to be seen. It has four interlocking white sand beaches divided by granite boulders named Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th beach. The beaches are frequented by both locals and tourists, and the mystique of Table Mountain looms in the background.
The four beaches of Clifton are well protected from the notorious south-easterly winds, but the water is VERY chilly at (12?16 °C). Be warned In the evenings, head to a bar called La Med for sundowners. La Med, above Clifton Beach, has panoramic views of the ocean and mountains; undoubtedly the best sunset drinking views in Cape Town.
Further along the coastline you will find the picture perfect Llandudno beach – by far one of the most beautiful beaches and also a favorite for sun downer’s. Llandudno is a local favorite among the surfers and nature lovers.
Its secluded location keeps the Cape Town winds away, and the lack of restaurants and cafes helps it to retain its natural charm. The sandy beach is flanked by rocks and boulders on either end. And, it was the setting for post-wedding ceremony drinks.
You can play and swim with the penguins at Boulders Beach, located near Simon’s Town on False Bay. The beach is home to the African Penguin colony.
It’s great for swimming provided you don’t mind coming face-to-face with a penguin, but there are wooden walkways that have been constructed to view the penguins in their natural habitat. The beach itself is rather small and made up of a number of small coves surrounded by large boulders.
Muizenberg is a sleepy sea-side town. This sandy beach is extremely long and behind the beach you will find a number of cafes. One of the striking features of this beach are the colorful change rooms that take up residence.
Stay tuned for our next post in this series on Cape Town where we highlight the lively Victoria and Alfred Waterfront precinct which is one of our favorite places to go for a meal, a drink, or to enjoy the fresh sea breeze and African sun…
About Craig – Craig Makepeace is the co-founder of yTravel Blog and has been traveling and living around the world since 2002, first with his wife Caz, and now with their daughter Kalyra. You can hangout with him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter.