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The Breathtaking Beaches of Cape Town

Aug 9, 2008
While Cape Town is most certainly known for its close proximity to numerous wine estates and routes, there are also numerous beaches in the local area that are ideal if you are a beach fan. On these gorgeous beaches you can fly a kite, ride a horse, surf the waves, snorkel in the shallow waters, watch the penguins, sail on a hobie-cat, explore an historical shipwreck or just simply soak up the warm sunshine.

Big Bay and Little Bay is the perfect location if you want to take a family outing, fly a kite, go windsurfing or enjoy views of Table Mountain. These beaches stretch about 20 kilometers north of Cape Town and offer absolutely spectacular views of Table Mountain. The strong south-easterly winds provides the perfect opportunity for kitesurfing and even sailing hobie cats.

Boulders Beach in Simons Town is the ideal location for snorkeling, sheltered swimming and penguin watching. If you are looking for a laid-back beach destination, this is definitely it. You will find Simons town to be a quaint beach town that is a former navy seaport. This is the last town you will reach before arriving at Cape Point Nature Reserve. Boulders Beach is situated just a few kilometers away. The giant boulders located along the beach provide seclusion and protection from the wind. Be sure to be on the lookout for the hundreds of Jackass Penguins that make their home in the local area. Listen to them just once and you'll quickly understand how they gained their name.

Camps Bay is the perfect beach for sunbathing, surfing, diving, windsurfing and beach volleyball. The fine sand and palms that dot the beach are the ideal backdrop for a family picnic while the restaurants and shops provide ample opportunity to escape from the midday sun.

Clifton Beach is the place to see and be seen. It is also a great location for watching paragliders as they come in for a landing. Of course, if you simply want to sunbathe, it's great for that too. Relax on the beach and watch the yachts as they rest in the shallows or grab a favorite book and catch up on your reading. Just do not be surprised by the veritable rainbow of paragliders as they come sailing down from Lions Head in order to catch the updrafts before landing on Clifton Beach.

Fish Hoek Beach is known for boogie boarding, sailing, safe swimming and pure family fun. The warm waters here offer the perfect location for swimming. If sailing is on your agenda, this beach is also ideal for taking out a nimble hobie-cat for a quick spin through the local waters. There is also a children's playground as well as a café. The other end of the beach is suitable for boogie boarding as well as soaking up the sun.

Whether you want to sunbathe, sail, dive or fly a kite, you will find there are plenty of beaches around Cape Town that will offer ample opportunities to do it all.
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