This summer you don’t have to fight for your place in the sun. Simply head for a beach in a national park to give the Cape Town crowds the slip. Here’s our pick of pristine beaches.
How would you like to swim with penguins? At this stunning setting near Simon’s Town, you can go for a dip with these tuxedoed cuties. Boulders is known for its colony of endangered African penguins – less well known is the sheltered cove and pretty beach just around the corner. There are hardly any waves here, making it ideal for little ones. And because it lies within False Bay, the water is warmer than on the Atlantic side. For your own piece of paradise, swim out to one of the boulders scattered in the bay and enjoy the serenity.
This could very well be one of the most picturesque beaches in the country; it certainly is one of the most secluded. Diaz Beach lies near the tip of Cape Point, but the thousands of visitors that flock to the point appear oblivious to its existence. It doesn’t hurt that you have to climb a steep flight of wooden stairs to get to the shoreline. This is a spot to enjoy the beach, not the sea – the waters are considered dangerous – so apply your sunscreen and settle in with a good book. There’s no-one to disturb your sunbathing.
You’ll agree that life’s a beach when you’re relaxing at Kraalbaai on Langebaan Lagoon. The lagoon is shallow here and the water is warm, plus the beach is protected from the Southeaster. Kids will love searching the crystal clear shallows for marine creatures – just remind them not to remove anything, this is a national park after all. The Preekstoel picnic spot nearby offers gorgeous views across the lagoon towards Langebaan, as well as braai spots and ablution facilities. The park lies within an hour and a half’s drive from Cape Town, making it perfect for a day trip.
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