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Top beaches for families to enjoy around Cape Town

With two coastlines crammed full of beaches you are spoilt for choice in the Mother City. The Atlantic coast on the west side also known as Cape Town’s ‘Riviera’ stretches from the V&A Waterfront all the way to Hout Bay and offers some of the most scenic views along the famous Victoria Road. The east side of the peninsula boasts warmer waters and a more laid back atmosphere with stunning beaches the whole family can enjoy.

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Clifton

Top beaches for families to enjoy around Cape Town

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Ten minutes away from the CBD and with four different beaches on offer Clifton is the perfect beach for those visiting the city. A great holiday atmosphere with vendors wandering the beach selling cooldrinks & ice lollies, young and old enjoying the sunshine and yachts bobbing in the turquoise waters in the distance.

Camps Bay

Just down the road from Clifton is the ever bustling Camps Bay with palm lined walkways and white sands, locals and tourists alike flock to this beach for dog walking, beach sports and sunbathing. Spend the day soaking up the sun and end the day off with a delicious meal and cocktail at one of the many restaurants that line the beachfront or even pack a picnic and watch the epic Cape Town sunset from the beach.

Top beaches for families to enjoy around Cape Town

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Muizenberg

Top beaches for families to enjoy around Cape Town

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Along the False Bay coast you can spot the colourful bathing boxes Muizenberg Beach is famous for. A surfing hub and great family beach where you can let the kids run wild or maybe even sign up for a family surfing lesson. With Blue Flag status you can be sure that it is safe, clean and eco- conscious. In addition to surfing the waterslides are always great fun for the kiddos or maybe even get the family competition going with a game of putt-putt. The whole family will love this spot.

Fish Hoek

Known as one of the safest swimming spots in Cape Town Fish Hoek Beach is very popular with families. With a long stretch of white sands and warm waters the kids will love the freedom and parents will love the peace of mind even more with lifeguards on duty in summer months, you can know they are safe. Also great for sunset walks this beach is a must for families visiting Cape Town.

Boulders

Top beaches for families to enjoy around Cape Town

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Home to a colony of 2000 African Penguins this little spot in Simons Town is very much run by these black and white ‘city slickers’. The ancient granite boulders shelter the beach from wind and waves making it the ideal swimming spot for kids and they’ll have endless hours of fun scaling the boulders and meeting the tuxedoed locals who regularly make their way onto the beach and mingle with sunbathing beach goers. There is a small fee to pay to get access to this stunning protected reserve but it is definitely worth it. The marine life is also rich and flourishing here so bring along the snorkel gear to check it out.

St James

Top beaches for families to enjoy around Cape Town

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St James Beach and tidal pool is a charming nook along the False Bay coast that is a firm favourite for locals. A line of brightly coloured wooden beach huts and natural rock pools make it a picture perfect holiday spot. A large man-made tidal pool is the iconic trademark of St James beach. The tidal pool is warmer than the False Bay Ocean and has calm waters for floating adrift unaffected by currents and is ideal for kids to splash around in.

Top beaches for families to enjoy around Cape Town

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