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I Love Cape Town Photo Series Part 1: Beaches

Written By: jeff

Posted On: August 11th, 2011

City Hall - Cape Town

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:

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 Beach

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.

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Clifton Beach looking towards Lion Head

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Clifton on a beautiful summer's day

Llandudno Beach

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.

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Post wedding ceremony drinks on Llandudno

Boulders Beach

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.

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Boulders Beach

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Picturesque Boulders

Muizenberg Beach

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.

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The colorful changerooms at Muizenberg Beach

Coming Up…

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.

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10 Responses to “I Love Cape Town Photo Series Part 1: Beaches”

  1. Maria says:

    Penguins? Wow! Had no idea.

  2. Is that the section that has the Great Whites off shore where the penguins are?

  3. Hey Gene,

    Boulders beach is on False Bay which is near Seal Island which is also in False Bay and apparently offers the best white shark activity. Seal Island has approximately 50, 000 strong Cape Fur seal colony.

  4. Toni says:

    Wooo! I can’t wait to get there and see them for myself =D

  5. Don Faust says:

    Very cool – I hear Cape Town is very nice. At least the beaches have some sand along with interesting rocks – sometimes you only get one or the other.

    I also never imagined you would see penguins there.

  6. Lori Barber says:

    When I went to Capetown I was surprised and thrilled by the beautiful the beaches and coastline. I didn’t get to see all the beaches you featured, but loved Boulder’s beach with the silly penguins. I look forward to reading the other installments in your series.

    I wrote a post on my blog about my Africa trip: http://loribarber.com/category/travel/

  7. I’ve wanted to visit CT for a long time & as others have mentioned – would love to view the Penguins too!

  8. Theodora says:

    Cape Town is somewhere I”d love to go back to. Thanks to Craig and you for sharing, and bringing back the memories.

  9. I really enjoyed readig this! Awww such cute penguins!

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