Secret Beaches: The Best Sandy Spots In Cape Town

Winter is on its way, and if the cold has already started getting to your bones, chilling you to your very core, you might well be thinking about jetting off into the sunset and finding a private beach on which to hibernate for the season. The only issue is, once you get to your very own paradise, you might discover that the rest of the world has had the same idea, squeezing themselves onto the same tiny patch of sand in the hopes of catching a few rays.

It’s time to get yourself off the wellworn travel path and look elsewhere for a change. Heading someplace new will give you all the more reason to celebrate, introducing you to a different part of the world. If you’re looking for your very own set of exclusive beaches, Cape Town has you well covered, serving up some of the best secret stretches of sand that the world has to offer.

If you’re heading to the seaside suburb of Sea Point, you might be tempted by any number of beaches in the surrounding area. While the majority of tourists head to the likes of Rocklands, Granger Bay, or Sea Point itself, you can try looking further afield, heading to an untouched sandy shore. Queens Beach is arguably the best in the area, tucked away from the welltrodden promenade of seaside spots. While it is surrounded by hotels and apartment blocks, the beach is largely overlooked by the local population, who tend to sun themselves elsewhere. This protected beach is shut off from the wind, offering a gaping stretch of white sand. Head to the shores with your towel and pass the day here undisturbed.

Heading to the Camps Bay area might be on your to-do list, particularly if you’re heading to Cape Town in the winter season. While this beach might be one of the glitziest in the area, it is frequented by both locals and tourists, making it feel incredibly overcrowded. Its neighbour, Glen Beach, however, rarely gets a look in. A quieter refuge from the busy Camps Bay, Glen Beach is protected from the wind and lined with sand dunes and granite boulders. The beach is a stunning spot on the Cape Town coastline, giving you just the sense of calm you might need at this time of year.

Getting off the tourist trail might well be within your itinerary this vacation, and if that’s the case, it’s worth giving Oudekraal Beach a go. Practically unheard of in vacationer circles, the beach is steeped in historical and spiritual significance, having once acted as a refuge for escaped slaves in the 18th century. Now the beach is popular as a launch site for scuba divers, offering up calm stretches of clear water. If you want to swim, you’re equally well situated; with a lack of people splashing around in the sea, Oudekraal beach makes the ultimate place in which to get acquainted with life under the water.

Dramatic stretches of white sand and rolling hills might be commonplace in Cape Town, but there are few areas quite as picturesque as Sandy Bay. Surrounded by rugged boulders and raw wildlife, the beach is one of the most unspoiled areas in Cape Town. The water in the beach is chilled and crisp, giving you a little respite from the winter sun. Secluded and sheltered, Sandy Bay is shut off from the rest of the world, helping you to relax on your travels.

If you’re on the hunt for something that really feels like your own personal private beach, Water’s Edge is always a good idea. Surrounded by what looks like a garden gate, this beach is open to all, but attracts relatively few visitors. Situated in a protected cove, Water’s Edge offers views of the surrounding rural areas, giving you a chance to drink it all in. Safe for children and swimming, the area is a perfect place in which to spend the day, helping you to kick back and relax.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.