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Clifton Bay Beach
Vacation Travel Guide

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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President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥6,228 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Sea Point, this beach hotel is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from Sea Point Swimming Pool and within 3 mi (5 km) of Camps Bay Beach and Cape Town Stadium. Sea Point ...

4/5Very Good! (388 reviews)
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"tout était excellent, la vue sur piscine et mer, l'appartement, la literie, la cuisinette, salon et tv. Rien à redire. La pizza et les cocktails étaient merveilleux. Pleins de restos et magasins accessibles à pieds. Le boardwalk avec sa plage, divin. Nous y reviendrons, c'est sûr."…"

Reviewed on Nov 23, 2020

President Hotel
21 Nettleton
21 Nettleton
5 out of 5
19 Nettleton Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥752,338 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Situated on the waterfront, this luxury hotel is 0.9 mi (1.4 km) from Clifton Bay Beach and within 3 mi (5 km) of Kloof Street and Lions Head. Cape Town Stadium ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (7 reviews)

"Wonderful haven of peace, tranquility and excellent 6 star service. We will be back with certainty !!!"…"

Reviewed on Feb 14, 2020

21 Nettleton
Spectacular ocean view apartment
Spectacular ocean view apartment
Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
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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 ...

Spectacular ocean view apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥6,228 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5
President Hotel
21 Nettleton
21 Nettleton
5 out of 5
19 Nettleton Road, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is ¥752,338 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9
21 Nettleton
Spectacular ocean view apartment
Spectacular ocean view apartment
Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
Spectacular ocean view apartment
Wixy
Wixy
5 out of 5
27 Third Beach Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
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Cape Lethabo at Western Cape
Cape Town, Western Cape (province)
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25 Third Beach Clifton
25 Third Beach Clifton
4.5 out of 5
22 Victoria Rd., Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
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Unparalleled paradise on Third Beach Clifton Cape Town
Unparalleled paradise on Third Beach Clifton Cape Town
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Sea Haven
Sea Haven
4 out of 5
No.37 Clifton 3 1/2 Beach, Victoria Rd, Clifton, Cape Town, Western Cape
Sea Haven
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