Sandy Bay: a chilled nudist beach in Cape Town, South Africa

Sandy Bay: a chilled nudist beach in Cape Town, South Africa

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Sandy Bay is a nudist beach in Cape Town, it’s very pretty and secluded from everything. You will feel comfortable to take your clothes off because there is almost no people there and you can also leave your clothes on if you are shy.

Located at the end of a residential area, you will have to take a nice scenic walk along breathtaking nature to arrive to this tropical spot, which is very calm and peaceful.

You can find great privacy on this beach, this was my first time in a nudist beach an it didn’t fell awkward at all, perfect for beginners, it is definitely a must see!

Sandy Bay - Cape Town - Southafrica

1. The beach

The beach consists of two main areas:

Beach area

The first area consists on an open beach, which has breathtaking views to the Atlantic Ocean. It is surrounded by wonderful greenery and dunes.

Boulders area

Also, there is another area with big boulders, which provide extra privacy and shadow making it an excellent spot to relax and cool down. Besides that, the boulders provide protection against the wind, which can sometimes be strong at that beach.

Sandy Bay - Cape Town - Southafrica

2. Sandy Bay: Location

a. Where is it located?

Sandy Bay is located along the famous road from Cape Town to Cape point. It is near Llandudno Beach and you can walk from one beach to another.

Sandy Bay - Cape Town map

b. How to get there?

Sandy Bay is a bit more inaccessible to ensure good privacy. There are two ways to get to the beach:

Two options:

  • From Llandudno: you can climb over the rocks from the car park at the southern end of Llandudno, or
  • From Sandy Bay parking lot: it takes about 20 minutes to walk from the car park park at the northern end of Hout Bay. Parking the car here can be difficult as car parks are insufficient.

Two ways of transportation:

  • By car: you can take an UBER / Taxify and get to Llandudno or the parking lot in around 30 minutes from Cape Town’s city center. This will cost you around $140 ZAR = $12 USD.
  • By bus: you can take the 109 or 108 MiCity bus to Helgarda stop. That will take around 45 minutes and then you’ll have to walk another 30 minutes approximately.


To get to the beach you’ll have to go on a 20-minute hike. The beach is however very beautiful so it is definitely worth the hike.

  • First, you will arrive at the car park, which is near a residential area.
  • Then you will have to take the pavement road up the hill, which will end up in a sandy region.
  • At the top of the hill you will veer off to the left and you will take the sandy path.
  • Then you will hike down to the beach. It is very easy to follow the road as you can see the beach as you head down. The views are breathtaking and the hike is a nice walk. It only takes about 15 min.
Sandy Bay - Cape Town - Southafrica

3. Activities

Swimming at the beach is difficult as the Atlantic Ocean water is cold, but there are a lot of other things to do at the beach such as:

Nude bathing

Sandy Bay is perfect for nude bathing as it is a very secluded beach which offers a lot of privacy. Make sure to bring an umbrella (there are no umbrellas for rental) or enough sunblock.

Also, it can get very windy in the main beach, but you can walk to the boulders area and find shelter among the rocks.

Sandy Bay - Cape Town - Southafrica

Make a picnic

There are no restaurants or shops nearby so make sure to bring enough water and food.

Sandy Bay - Cape Town - Southafrica

Take a walk

There are a lot of nice trails to walk on with breathtaking views. You can also walk the trail to Llandudno Beach.

Sandy Bay - Cape Town - Southafrica

Bring your dogs

Dogs are allowed at the beach, you can bring your cute friends to have a walk in the beach and play with them.

Sandy Bay - Cape Town - Southafrica

Watch the sunset

A definite must! The views are wonderful and the peace and quiet makes it perfect for a romantic date.

4. Recommendations

  • Bring toilet paper: There are no public toilets at the beach!
  • Bring a Garbage bag: There are no bins at the beach, so to ensure a clean beach it is necessary to bring your own garbage bags.
  • Bring hiking shoes: The road to the beach is sandy and sometimes you will find a lot of small rocks on the way. Hiking boots or just tennis shoes can be very helpful (I was wearing sandals and it was very difficult to walk with all the small rocks hurting my feet, sometimes I walked barefoot but it was also difficult).
  • Be safe: The area is a bit inaccessible and secluded. Make sure to go with several people and during peak hours.

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  1. Avid
    18/02/2020 / 5:14 PM

    “There is almost no people there”? Well there was alot of people today. I saw two girls from the mountain trail and a huski dog. Was that you?

    I love that you are promoting this beach and part of the appeal is that it can be so quiet at times that it almost feels like your own personal private beach. Unfortunately this is not always a good thing and in the past it has drawn unwanted attention from individuals with malintent ranging from peeping toms to criminals who prey on easy targets in a very much dangerously isolated area. In fact I would recommend that people rather visit on peek days for this very reason. Keep an eye on the WCNA facebook page for events and clubs who visit the beach. Safety in numbers.

    “You can also leave your clothes on if you are shy.” I wish this was not the case. Again it draws attention from people who are not true naturalists who just wants to come sneak a peek. Apart from the surfers and trail runners, why would you go to a nudist beach if you are shy? If your goal is to overcome your shyness however, I am all for that, and good for you!

    The difference between a clothing optional beach, and a nude beach is that at a nude beach clothing should not be allowed (IN MY OPINION). This creates a sence of community and will allow people to feel less shameful about stripping down, because they do not have to feel that they are doing something wrong or naughty. Undressing in public might be against the rules of society, but at a nude beach the opposite is true. If everyone comes to a nude beach dressed it creates a president and people will feel less comfortable to undress because it would be against the norm. No one can force you to take your clothes off. Some people might be very prone to sunburn and ofcourse there are extrem cases like when the elements and weather doesnt permit going nude. Nudists almost always respect other beachgoers’ space and wont make clothed visitors feel unwelcome, but I think it should be brought to awareness that wearing clothes at a nudist beach is somewhat disrespectful to those who go there to feel part of a community of people who believe that as humans we should be able to walk around in our natural form the way we were born whenever we want to without being reminded about societal rules that we dont necessarily agree with.

    If you visit famous nude beaches like Black’s beach and the one near Miami, you will notice that people are much more sociable and comfortable with their nudity. Today Sandy Bay is much less popular than it was years ago. And I think it is because of exactly the reasons I mentioned. Even nudist families and venders used to visit back then but no longer do (although this might also have to do with the overgrowth making the path very hard to navigate).

    Sources: cant post links for some reason

  2. Avid
    18/02/2020 / 5:12 PM


  3. Snoopy
    18/02/2020 / 5:11 PM


  4. 03/02/2018 / 1:13 AM

    This is incredibly beautiful! I’ve never been to a nice beach, but always wanted to. This would be perfect with it’s laid back vibe.

  5. 02/02/2018 / 10:32 PM

    I would so love to visit this part of South Africa! The culture and scenery seem so beautiful, unique and interesting! 🙂

    • Syed shujaat hussain
      15/02/2020 / 12:20 PM

      I love south Africa beaches and desirous of spending a night with my girlfriend .

  6. 02/02/2018 / 4:28 PM

    I love the idea and it sounds wonderful. Is it silly that the word freeing comes to mind?

  7. 02/02/2018 / 9:25 AM

    Sounds like fun! I’d like to visit next time I’m in CPT 🙂

  8. Garrile Blog
    02/02/2018 / 8:25 AM

    the pictures looked absolutely amazing! What a great time… I love fun destinations like this one, they always make the best vacations!

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