Clifton Beach Cape Town South Africa is probably the most popular beaches in the country, and certainly in Cape Town. It is also one of the most stunning of them.
The beach, or in reality 4 of them connected together, is in one of the more expensive areas of Cape Town which have very expensive apartment blocks and huge house that rise up from the beach right up the slopes of the mountains that run along the coast. The premium due to the views out across the beach to sea. The Clifton area is after Sea Point and Bantry Bay and before the busy and buzzy Camps Bay area, also popular with locals and tourists.
Clifton is popular not only because it is so beautiful, with soft dazzling white sands but also because even in the windy mid summer months it is very sheltered from the winds. The sea, as it is the Atlantic is very cold and you need to be fairly brave to venture into it – although it is very inviting in colour and look.
You need to get to the area early as there is very limited parking along the roads above the beach. Then once there you will need to walk down the steps down the cliffs above the beach. These are steep and wind their way around the small (but stylish) beach houses that cling to the slopes. You need to be fairly fit as on the way up after a day on the beach they feel even steeper and longer!
There are 4 beaches that make up Clifton. The 4th Beach is the most popular and where there is a changing rooms, and has lifeguards unlike the other beaches. This is where both families and people posing and wanting to be seen go. Next to it, is Clifton 3rd beach which is the one that is most popular with gay men (but not exclusively). Clifton 2nd beach is becoming more popular and then the 1st is always the quietest of all of them. The beaches are split by boulders that jut into the sea.
On the 2nd, 3rd and 4th beach there are people renting out beds and umbrellas, but if going a lot it may be worth buying your own umbrella as to hire 2 beds and an umbrella is about 100 Rand a day (about £10). Vendors come round selling soft drinks and ice creams.
The views on the beach are great. Both out to sea, on the beach as many “body beautiful” people and then up into the cliffs and mountains.
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