The guide to Cape Town beaches according to the mood you are looking for
When it comes to beaches, Capetonians and visitors alike are certainly spoiled for choice. By choosing from the menu of the beaches, we could take into account certain factors. How many people will be in the area, whether the water is frozen or just a dip in soft ice, and of course the landscape that hugs the different coasts. But what about the impact of each ocean paradise on our mood?
Here’s a guide to Cape Town beaches based on the vibe they offer, in the opinion of a beach enthusiast.
Barley Beach is one of my favorite beaches for this reason: its mood is always quiet. Since barley is a lesser-known beach, it has a mysterious inquisition. Basking in the sun facing its uncrowded waters, barley is a hidden gem. For those who want to explore on their own, Barley is your place. Whether it’s meditating, letting your headphones be the best company, or indulging in in-depth reading, barley deserves a sneaky visit.
If you want to feel inspired, there is something about Llandudno. The reason I say this is that so many surfers and creatives tend to gravitate here. You can easily catch a glimpse of a photographer taking a shot and contemplate his craft, or enjoy seeing a surfer dancing through the waves, which makes it look so easy. Of course there are families and friends vibrate at their own pace, but when you go to Llandudno, you tend to spot what you’re looking for.
Again, a smaller and lesser-known beach, Beta has a curious feel. Maybe it’s the big rocks in the area, or maybe jumping over the rocks will get you to Bakoven, there’s something intriguing about Beta. Enjoying the oceans from the coast is one thing, but sitting on top of a rock and watching the waves crash around you will make you feel like the captain of your own destiny. This is a great place to take a friend who also doesn’t like the crowded beach scene.
Bakoven is like Beta’s better known older cousin. It’s known to attract foreign travelers, so if the vibe you’re looking for is adventurous, yet peaceful, you should definitely put Bakoven on your adventure list. Beyond the type of people you might meet from all over the world, Bakoven offers some tantalizing views as well. It is a beautiful place to take pictures and people ask you “where was it taken!” In excitement – if that’s your thrill.
Clifton beaches are for social beach butterflies, especially Clifton 4th. That’s not to say you can’t relax on your own like a lone beach wolf on its snow sands, but it’s probably a more ideal place to enjoy with your tribe. The atmosphere Clifton gives off is social. It is also one of the best beaches to introduce a visiting human to the main city of Cape Town. You can expect to see Zaful bikinis and glorified sunglasses. Beyond the essence of the traditional Cape, Clifton is one of the most famous beaches for a reason, and that extends to its beauty that has made it so popular.
Famous Sandy Bay has been a secret place for self-love and appreciation for others for years. If you’re ready to shed your diapers (literally and figuratively) and the vibe you’re looking for is akin to freedom, Sandy Bay all the way.