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Clifton Bay Beach

Soft white sand, aquamarine water, striking mountain views and picture-perfect sunsets lure visitors to this collection of four fashionable beaches.

Experience the pulsating heart of Cape Town’s beach scene at Clifton Bay Beach. Soak up the sun alongside a heady mix of tourists and the city’s beautiful people. Marvel at the views of rugged mountain peaks, including 2,195-feet (669-meter) tall Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles. Watch the luxury yachts bobbing in the piercing blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and gaze in awe at spectacular sunsets.

Clifton Bay Beach sits around a glorious bay and is comprised of four beaches separated by granite outcrops. Walk between each to discover their individual charm. Take a refreshing swim in the cool water and play beach sports such as soccer and volleyball. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months and protect bathers from the strong ocean currents. Behind the beach is a residential stretch known as “Millionaire’s Row,” home to some of Cape Town’s most expensive real estate.

At the northern end of the bay is Clifton First Beach, a popular hangout for local beachgoers. The rolling waves make it a revered surf spot, too. Set in the heart of the bay are Clifton Second Beach and Clifton Third Beach, whose location at the center of the cove provides shelter on windy days. The former attracts a predominately young crowd while the latter is a favored retreat among the city’s LGBT community.

Clifton Fourth Beach, a designated Blue Flag area at the bay’s southernmost tip, throngs with hip beachgoers and families alike. Rent sunbeds and umbrellas from the vendors. Find changing facilities and restrooms. Watch open-air screenings of surf movies during December’s Wavescape Surf Film Festival.

Clifton Bay Beach is a 15-minute drive from Cape Town’s city center and a 5-minute drive from Camps Bay. Access to the beaches is via staircases that lead down from Victoria Road. Parking can be difficult to find during the busy peak season. Public buses stop on the road and connect with nearby suburbs.

Accommodation is available at beach-facing hotels, self-catering apartments and villas. Book early during peak season and be prepared to pay high rates for this sought-after location.


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26 Third Beach Clifton
26 Third Beach Clifton

26 Third Beach Clifton

22 Victoria Rd., Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated by the ocean, this luxury chalet is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

    Sea Haven
    Sea Haven

    Sea Haven

    No.37 Clifton 3 1/2 Beach, Victoria Rd, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Situated in Cape Town, this villa is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      25 Third Beach Clifton
      25 Third Beach Clifton

      25 Third Beach Clifton

      22 Victoria Rd., Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated by the ocean, this luxury chalet is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away.

        Marella
        Marella

        Marella

        Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Cape Town, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Kalimera
          Kalimera

          Kalimera

          65 Victoria Road Unit 3, White Cliffs, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Cape Town, this villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

            Clifton Fourth
            Clifton Fourth

            Clifton Fourth

            54 Fourth Beach, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated in the suburbs, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 3.1 mi (5 km) away.

              Clifton Spectacular Ocean View Apartment
              Clifton Spectacular Ocean View Apartment

              Clifton Spectacular Ocean View Apartment

              The Clifton, 60 Victoria Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Nestled on the beach, this Cape Town apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

                Ivory Sands Villa
                Ivory Sands Villa

                Ivory Sands Villa

                2 First Beach, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Cape Town villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).