Cape Town Beach Hacks
Take the Stairs
Instead of heading straight to the roadside parking along the coast, park a street up where the Biskop Steps or Clifton Steps start. From here you can walk down a scenic staircase to the Clifton beaches. Down is a breeze, back up - not so much. So pack lightly and be sure to take a dip in the ocean just before heading back up.
Take the Bus
The MyCiti Bus has shaded stops along the coast, making it a great way to get to the beach and not have to look for parking. Beachside stops run all along Clifton, Camps Bay and even local favourits like Beta and Bakoven Beach. The one thing you need to know about the MyCiti Bus is that you need a bus card to get onto it, here’s where you can get one. You can also opt for the City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus. The open-top bus goes straight to the Camps Bay strip. You can chat to Once reception about getting a ticket.
Stay in the City
Instead of leaving the city, just stay put and enjoy one of the beaches right here. Along the promenade are a bunch of beautiful beaches where you can soak up the sun, and the Saunders Rock tidal pool is where locals take a dip to cool down. The Sea Point Public Swimming Pools are also an option, you get to lie right next to the ocean, but swim in the warmer manmade pools.
Rent a Bike
At Once Cape Town, or at Up Cycles at the Sea Point Promenade you can rent a bicycle and trek along the coastal road to the sandy beach of Camps Bay. Why Camps Bay? This beach has a designated bike rack where you can park your bike. Be sure to ask the rental company for a chain lock.
Head in the Opposite Direction
Cape Town and has 72 beaches! So, instead of going to the closest ones, head a little further afield and enjoy beachtime without the bustle. You can head to the colourful huts of St. James, the picturesque Blouberg with perfect views of Table Mountain or the untouched Caves Beach just beyond Gordon’s Bay.