The fact that the Table Bay beaches are great for windsurfing and kitesurfing should alert one to the wind factor. Table Bay’s beaches can be unpleasant when the wind blows but nothing beats these Cape Town beaches for their view of Table Mountain and Robben Island and the miles of sand on which to stretch your legs.
Blaauwberg’s beaches are synonymous with kitesurfing. See this link to view more photographs of kite surfing in this area. The acrobatics of kitesurfers will keep you entertained if you’re not working on your tan or taking a quick dip.
Table Bay Top Beaches:
Big Bay Beach
Big Bay Beach and its contemporary, Little Bay, are the two beaches of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town. These beaches are divided by a rocky point. This area is famous for its awesome surfing, kite-surfing and wind-surfing, attracting sportsmen and – women from all over the world to participate or be enthusiastic spectators. There are annual competitions held here for these very reasons.
Big Bay is the perfect family beach as it boasts long sandy stretches and uninterrupted views of the ocean and Table Mountain in the distance. Swimming (in very chilly water), sun-tanning and simply enjoying the day with friends and family make this the hotspot of memories. This beachfront is equipped with dining options and shops and is known for its spectacular sunset displays.
Exfoliate your feet as you dig your toes into the white washed sand of Bloubergstrand (Blue Mountain Beach). Look out across the sweeping blue Atlantic Ocean as cobalt currents carry your gaze toward Robben Island. Cast your line of sight across Table Bay to Table Mountain raising your hand to trace the iconic shape that symbolises all that is Cape Town.
This linear beach stretch has monumental views of the Mother City’s rock face and as a result is not shielded by this mountain range from the wind which blows in kite-surfers and wind-surfers with gusts. Kids delight as their coloured kite sails take to flight on the end of strings.
Located just 20 minutes from the city centre and en route to the Cape West Coast you will find this beach easily. Dolphin beach is a hive of activity as it has perfect conditions for wind and kite surfing, but if you’re planning on getting into the water please note that there are no life guards on duty.
Take some time out of the sun and head to one of the many restaurants and eateries within walking distance and enjoy and ice cream cone or cocktail. The location offers a magnificent view of the iconic Table Mountain so snap a few photographs to remind you of the day out.
As you head into the Cape West Coast the first beach you’ll find yourself at is Melkbos Beach, it is only just past the suburbs of Table View and West Beach. Because of its close proximity to Cape Town you still have magnificent views of both Table Mountain and the historical Robben Island.
Melkbos is another popular water sports beach with great conditions for wind and kite surfing as well as being the home to the NSRI’s Station 18.
Milnerton is well known for its lighthouse, which sits virtually on the beach and is great for swimming as, unlike Dolphin beach, it is manned by lifeguards. There are also a number of beach cafes and restaurants here.
Milnerton’s beach is well known for its spectacular views of Table Mountain as well as superb cleanliness.
The local council staff makes certain that daily patrols on the beach take place and there are waste bins within close proximity so that the beach and surroundings are relatively clean .