Clifton Beaches

Clifton Beaches, Cape Town Central: Address, Clifton Beaches Reviews: 4.5/5

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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands3,144 contributions
Nov 2021
Just over 6km southwest of Cape Town's city center, Clifton has fine beaches down below steep rocky slopes. Many wealthy people are living here in luxurious villas and apartment blocks that almost reach the ocean. As if the climate will never change and sea levels will never rise.

The sandy beaches can easily be reached by staircases at different points on the coastal road. Often these points double as MyCiTi bus stops of which there are four. Don't expect restaurants and noisy bars, there are just some vendors selling snacks and cool drinks. Surfers and peace and quiet seekers dominate the beaches.
Lovely!
Written November 19, 2021
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Nicola K
Johannesburg, South Africa152 contributions
Nov 2021
Parking takes forever when it's a beautiful day in season, but it's worth the wait and the walk. No access for those who have mobility restrictions, as all beach access is via many stairs. Umbrellas and loungers available for hire on the beaches, take cash with you. Saves carrying extra weight up and down the stairs.
Written March 2, 2022
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itchingfeet
Bath, England69 contributions
Feb 2020
An easy, cheap Uber ride from anywhere in Cape Town, the beach (4) is run by a group of local guys. They press a sunbed on you, okay, but it's a few pounds, and they run a smooth and unobtrusive operation for the rest of the day. Nowhere to eat, so it's the snack and soft drinks bar or nothing. But there are other beaches if you want more life. This one is for winding down and clearing the mind.
Written February 24, 2020
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Craig L
54 contributions
Feb 2020
There are 4 beaches at Clifton, pretty much all the same but most people goto the 4th it seams. I always head to the 1st one as its closer to where I'm staying. The water is freezing for me, but other people swim in it. You can walk from 1st to 4th along the beach and lots watch the sunsets here. Lots of locals selling ice creams, water, beer along the beach and lots of people bring there dogs as you don't need to have them on a leash, but overall I love the beach here and I go pretty much every day I've been here.
Written February 21, 2020
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Mjfox1964
Bristol, UK93 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
Have just spent a pleasant morning and afte on Clifton Beach 3, a shirt and inexpensive Uber ride from Cape Town. As we are both fit and agile, the lengthy climb down the windy stairs to the beach didn't bother us, but a less able bodied might struggle. On arrt we purchased a couple of sunbeds and an umbrella. Not too many rand, but if you want some beach comfort a necessity. Then we settled in for the day. The beach is small, flanked by boulders leading to beaches 2 and 4. The white sand had the consistancy of flour! Very soft under foot, but as the day wore on heating up a lot! Some beach hawkers selling beach tat approached but thankfully did not intrude. There are no cafes around, so you have to make use of the beach sellers here, but Coke Cola isn't too expensive from them. After the heat got too much, we headed south into Camps Bay for afternoon refreshments, only a short walk down the coast.
Written January 15, 2020
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Rogahn E
7 contributions
Sep 2020
I'd love to be here in summer when the beaches are at their hottest. The views here are magnificent. The only thing is that it is too cold now (snowing on Table Mountain only a couple of days ago). Otherwise a great place to spend the day sightseeing.
Written September 6, 2020
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John Christophe... J
Shrewsbury, UK300 contributions
Jan 2020
All the beaches in this area are fantastic, however, Clifton have wonderful white sand beaches, which are not as well populated as nearby Camp Bay. The backdrop of Table Mountain and Lions Head is quite amazing. Next to the road, but so quiet! Lovely place at which to stop for relaxation. The sea is cold - be warned!
Written January 13, 2020
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Dirmu G
Eversdal, South Africa2,381 contributions
Feb 2022 • Friends
Look out for the fire jamming evenings in the summer months. Come with your picnic before sunset, to make the most of the evening. Even though it was a windy day, Clifton's 2nd beach was windstill. Most enjoyable!
Written February 26, 2022
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Maury C
London, UK89 contributions
Dec 2019
Pretty, busy beach. We went to the 4th Beach but we've heard 2nd and 3rd are better. We got chairs and a beach umbrella for very cheap. There are guys going around all the time with ice creams, snacks and drinks. The water itself was cold but quite nice and clean.
Written January 17, 2020
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Stephanie M
Johannesburg, South Africa192 contributions
Jan 2020
Gorgeous Clifton 1,2,3 and 4. White powdery sand, blue water, cold Atlantic water!
Upmarket beaches with multi million dollar apartments, beach bungalows and houses all around.
You can rent an umbrella and sunbeds on the beach and get ice cold drinks and ice cream from vendors.
Definitely worth spending a few lazy hours sunning yourself on one of these beaches.
My preference is Clifton 2. It wasn't so busy even in peak season.
Written January 10, 2020
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