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Family Beaches - Cape Town

Family Beaches - Cape Town

Family Beaches - Cape Town


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1. Simon’s Town Boulders Beach: A lovely clean beach with giant boulders and tranquil pools. There are boardwalks down to the beach and a large penguin colony. Suitable for prams and wheelchairs.

Combine a trip to see the penguins with a few hours on Boulders Beach, or a few hours in the quaint and historical town of Simon's Town. The penguins can also be visited before or after a visit to Simons Town Scratch Patch or the Museum.(see indoor kids)

2. Fish Hoek: Jager Walk: A rocky coastline for the little ones to catch fish and find fascinating sea treasures! There are change-rooms, showers and a playground for children and a refreshment kiosk. Fish Hoek boasts a long stretch of a white sandy beach, and is one of the safest and warmest swimming beaches in the Cape. You can take a relaxing stroll down Jager’s walk, which runs along the mountainside of Fish Hoek beach. Jager’s Walk, a pathway along the rocky coastline takes the visitor as far as Sunny Cove where visitors can view the dolphins and whales that visit these shores annually. The beach has a playground for children, a refreshment kiosk and restaurant. From late August the Great Southern Right Whales visit our Oceans and entertain thousands of spectators each year as they come close to shore to calf their babies and can often be seen frolicking in the bay. The elevated roads and parking bays provide excellent viewing sites.

3. St James Beach: St James is a family beach with brightly coloured bathing houses and safe tidal pools in the Peninsula. It is nice to stroll along the Main Street of Kalk Bay, with its long row of antique shops, art galleries, arts & crafts shops, bookshops and coffee shops. Many artists live in Kalk Bay in the narrow lanes with their authentic Victorian houses above Main Road.

4. Muizenberg Beach; The warm water makes this a perfect beach for swimming, with flat hard sand and moderately sized waves. There is entertainment on the pavilion and lots of parking. A tea room and refreshment kiosk adjoins the promenade. Change rooms, toilets and showers available under the elevated promenade.

A view to take your breath away unfolds from the elevated Boyes Drive leading between Muizenberg and Kalk Bay and is a good place to spot whales in the season. Muizenberg beach appears to go on forever and the rhythmic waves offer one of the longest wave breaks in the world, perfect for novice surfers and safe for swimming. The town itself has some attractive buildings but a somewhat shabby appearance.

5. Kalk Bay Beach: This is a sandy beach with two tidal pools with safe swimming for all. The boys will love watching the fishing boats return with their catches of the day at around noon. The neighboring village of Kalk Bay is more attractive for tourists. It doesn't have much of a beach, but the little fishing harbour is lively and interesting. In the afternoons the fishing boats come back and unload their catches. The fish - mainly snoek - is immediately auctioned to dealers. Of course one can also buy fish privately for little money. However, it is easier to go to one of the many Fish & Chips shops or visit one of the two excellent fish restaurants at the harbour.

6. Gordons Bay Beach: Bikini Beach and Main Beach: Both are warm water beaches regularly visited by dolphins, seals and whales. Bikini Beach is a lovely sheltered beach for Mom’s with babies and toddlers. The protected coves and rock pools are great play areas. If the weather changes, take a ride to the old harbour for a boat trip. Visitors can browse around the curio and gift shops dotted along the beach front for unusual crafts.

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