7 Secret beaches in Cape Town

The Mother City is such a popular holiday destination for local and international visitors – one would think there isn’t one stone unturned in this city. But that’s not true.

The Mother City is a bottomless treasure chest – filled with surprises around every corner. 

It’s not even the prime time holiday season and masses of tourists are already streaming in. 

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If you want to ditch these explorers during our warmer seasons, plan your beach outing to one of these secret spots along the Atlantic. 

1. Beta BeachBakoven

This beach might not be considered “secret” to everyone, but it’s not nearly as popular as the Cliftons. The tiny beach nestled in the quaint streets of Bakoven, Beta beach has a spectacular view of Lion’s Head and is generally pretty empty, especially on weekdays.

2. Smithswinkel Bay – False Bay 

You might have driven past this beach several times, without ever venturing down to explore it. That’s exactly why we still classify it as a “secret” beach. The steep 20-minute walk down prohibits most people from reaping the benefits of its secluded beauty.

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3. Platboom Beach - Cape Point Nature Reserve

Wild and unspoilt, Platboom Beach is a magical place. It’s easy to spend the entire day picnicking, walking and exploring the coastline. Pretty dunes separate the parking area from the long sandy beach. Birdlife is prolific and terns, gulls, kiewiete and sandpipers are often seen. A peaty stream flows down to the beach. Swimming here is at your own risk – it's not dangerous but there are no lifeguards.

4. Sunset Beach – Blouberg 

Everyone knows and flocks to Blouberg beach – the iconic white strip overlooking the perfect Table Mountain picture. But a few hundred metres away lies another picture perfect beach relatively few people populate – even in high season.

5. Water’s Edge – Simon's Town 

This off-the-beaten track beach is one of the local secrets. It involves entering via what looks like a garden gate, which makes it appear to be a private beach, but it isn't! The beach may be regarded as part and parcel of Boulders beach but actually it lies between Seaforth Beach and Boulders, and most people know nothing about it.

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6. Diaz Beach - Cape Point Nature Reserve

Within the Cape Point Nature Reserve, which forms part of the Table Mountain National Park, and only accessible by foot off a pathway that leads from the main parking area, you will find Diaz Beach. This unbelievably beautiful beach, dramatically surrounded by cliffs, is a favourite more with surfers, as swimming can be quite dangerous.

7. Buffels Beach - Cape Point Nature Reserve

Buffels Beach is a small little gem of a strip of sand complete with braai facilities. After paying at the gates to enter Cape Point, head to the Visitor’s Information centre and ask for directions to the beach. The beach also has an awesome tidal pool, perfect for small families.

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