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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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South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel ¥13,360
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Camps Bay, this luxury aparthotel 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).

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel
    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel

    76 Orange Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      This family-friendly Cape Town hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Company's Garden and South African Jewish Museum. Greenmarket Square and Iziko Social History Resource Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Cape Town Station is 25 minutes by foot.

      President Hotel ¥4,168
      President Hotel

      President Hotel

      4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 Pavillion and Milton Beach are also within 15 minutes.

        Wixy
        Wixy

        Wixy

        27 Third Beach Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Cape Town, this luxury vacation home 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).

          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 near the beach, 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).

            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 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 and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Rock Villa
                Rock Villa

                Rock Villa

                17 Third Beach Street, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Cape Town, this luxury vacation home 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).