Clifton is an exclusive residential area, home to the most expensive real estate in South Africa. Its fancy houses, which are nestled on cliffs, have panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean.
It has 4 beaches (Clifton 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th) that provide locals and tourists with amazing spots to sunbath, do a picnic, and play sports as volleyball and football.
- Discovery Channel: in 2003 and 2004 Clifton was rated as one of the Top Ten Beaches.
- Forbes: in 2005 and 2006 it was rated at number 8 in the Top 10 Topless beaches in the World.
- Blue Flag Status: has this international symbol of quality for beaches that meet a standard of excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness, environmental information and environmental management.
I just went with my friend Lily from Brazil and we had an awesome time. Let me share with you the three things you have to know before your visit: it’s location, the main characteristics of the four beaches and the activities you can enjoy there.
1. Clifton beaches: Location
Clifton is located in the west of Cape Town, it is neighbored by the suburbs of Camps Bay (also one of my favorite spots on Cape Town, you can read more in the post Camps Bay Beach: have fun & chill in Cape Town, South Africa) and Bantry Bay.
How to get there?
- By car: you can take an UBER and easily get to Clifton. It’s located 10 to 15 minutes away from Cape Town’s city center.
- By bus: you can buy a MyCity bus card and you’ll be able to get there in around 30 minutes from the city center.
2. The 4 Clifton beaches
The four Clifton beaches are separated by falls of granite boulders but its very easy to walk between them. The four beaches are very popular to sunbath because they are well protected from the wind. The water, although chilly (12–16 °C), plays host to many watersports, mostly surfing.
This is the most populated and glamorous venue; attracting families and groups of friends who go there to sunbath, play music, and chill.
The smallest beach, is known as a venue for gay culture.
Is populated by students playing beach volleyball and beach bats. Also, you can see many children playing frisbee with their dogs or just running around.
It is normally less crowded, this beach draws a mixed crowd of locals and surfers. It is overlooked by exclusive beachfront apartments.
At the beginning of Clifton 1st beach there are big rocks with an amazing views of the ocean and beaches.
You can come with your significant other and chill over the top contemplating all the beaches and staying till the sunset. This area is usually more quiet and you’ll have a romantic and peaceful date.
You can rent beach chairs and umbrellas for the day.
Make a Picnic
You can bring a nice lunch and enjoy the day.Also, Vendors sell drinks, ice creams and snacks along the beach.
Alcohol is prohibited so beware that if a guard sees a bottle of wine, he/she will take it and drop it on the trash bin.
Play beach bats
There’s nothing easier and funnier than carrying your beach bats and playing in any part of the beach!
Watch the sunset
The colors of the sunset in Cape Town are amazing and Clifton is a great spot to chill with your friends and watch it.
*Extra: the hidden path
If you arrive to Clifton 4th beach you can follow the wide path after the parking lot and cross the houses to arrive to a big rock area with amazing views of the beach.
I really loved Clifton, it's a must-see place whenever you visit Cape Town!
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