Sun. Sea. Summer. Cape Town is the ideal location for a season of warm weather and of course some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Spending a vacation on a beach in the Mother City has never been easier with multiple internally accredited beaches.
Blue Flag is an international accreditation awarded to beaches that show excellence through meeting 33 criteria covering four categories: environmental education and information, water quality, environmental management, safety and services.
The City of Cape Town has participated in the Blue Flag beach programme since it began in South Africa in 2001. The Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites for several years, and this year, the province is proud to be home to 33 beaches, ten boats and seven of the nine Blue Flag marinas.
Visitors can expect pristine beaches when visiting one of these ten blue flag beaches in the City of Cape Town.
Clifton 4th Beach
Clifton is home to four beaches which illuminates the Cape Town climate for holiday goers.
Clifton 4th Beach achieved blue flag status due to immersive turquoise water and white sands.
Located in the coastal town at the eastern end of the Fish Hoek Valley on the False Bay side of the Cape Peninsula in Cape Town.
Fish Hoek offers a mild Mediterranean climate and is beloved for large numbers of complex caves in sandstones of the Table Mountain Group.
A Blue Flag Beach since 2008, Camps Bay Beach is the largest white sand beach in the area.
The beach is opposite Camps Bay’s central tourist hub, featuring multiple hotels, restaurants, and shops.
Located in the coastal town of Gordon’s Bay, Bikini Beach can be found to the south of the harbour.
The beach is funded by the City of Cape Town which maintains facilities including public showers, changing rooms, bathrooms and a grassy promenade.
Llandudno Beach is one of the Cape’s most naturally diverse beaches, surrounded by large granite boulders and overlooked by mountains.
It is a popular surfing spot and has lifeguards on duty during the summer season.
Melkbosstrand is located on the South West Coast, 35 km north of Cape Town.
It offers a seven-kilometre stretch of white sand beach on the Atlantic coast with the Blouberg mountain to the east.
The beach is popular with surfers.
About 45 minutes away from the City Bowl of Cape Town is the scenic Mnandi Beach, located in Mitchell’s Plain.
It was awarded the status of a Blue Flag Beach 2004 and combines safe swimming conditions with plenty of convenient amenities.
Muizenberg is situated where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast.
It is considered to be the central surfing spot in Cape Town and is currently home to a surfing community, centred on the famous ‘Surfer’s Corner’.
Silwerstroonstrand is one of South Africa’s prestigious eco-labelled Blue Flag beaches.
The beach is nestled between a green gem of indigenous plants and glittering water and is located on the West Coast Way Culture Route.
Strandfontein is a coastal village in the Matzikama Municipality, in the Western Cape province of South Africa.
It lies on the Atlantic coast to the south of the mouth of the Olifants River, 240 kilometres north of Cape Town.
The broader Western Cape offers incredible sites to visit.
Visit one of these 33 locations for an incredible beach experience.
Kleinmond – Overstrand
Hawston – Overstrand
Grotto – Overstrand
Castle Beach – Overstrand
Struisbaai – Cape Agulhas
Witsand – Hessequa
Preekstoel – Hessequa
Lappiesbaai – Hessequa
Jongensfontein – Hessequa
Gouritzmond – Hessequa
De Bakke – Mossel Bay
Hartenbos – Mossel Bay
Klein Brak – Mossel Bay
Santos – Mossel Bay
Glentana – Mossel Bay
Brenton-on-sea – Knysna
Robberg 5 – Bitou
Keurboomstrand – Bitou
Nature’s Valley – Bitou
Lookout – Bitou
The Dunes – Bitou
Singing Kettle – Bitou