You need to be fairly determined if you want to visit the Cape Town Nudist Beach Sandy Bay. But if you are a nudist looking for a stunning spot to hang out, and determined this is a good spot to visit.
Why determined? It is not only about a 30 minute drive out of the city to the nearby Llandudno town, but you then need to find your way down to the small car park – and then there is a 20 minute walk along a path to the actual beach.
You know when you are at the car park, as there is a sign saying “NO nudity on the path” and usually people weighed down with rucksacks or holdalls heading off down the path. It is amazing how much stuff you need to take with you for a day of nudity!
This makes sense as once on the beach there is little shade, no one selling loungers to sit on, no food and drinks vendors – just a large white sand beach.
The beach itself is fantastic, as is the area. It is a large fine white sand beach, with the Twelve Apostles mountains behind it, and then large outcrops of rocks that jut into the sea that you can clamber over. The beach attracts a diverse group of people, though a large contingent of gay men. The very far end of the beach tends to be more gay, while closer to the end of the path is more mixed couples and groups.
Although we did not see any of the day we visited, some people (mostly women) have complained about men hiding in bushes and spying on them. We found the attitude relaxed and unobtrusive (assuming you find all shapes hanging it all out comfortable!).
The area Sandy Bay is in is undeveloped and wild, and so feels unspoilt and remote. The sea is a stunning dark blue and green, and very cold. It feels even colder than the sea closer to Cape Town like Clifton Beach.
Sandy Bay is probably not for the casual day-tripper as is quite a trek to get to and find, and which is why it is probably been successful as a nudist beach as (barring the odd reported voyeur) a place only people comfortable with nudism head.