Beaches in the Cape West Coast

With the Atlantic Ocean as its western border, the Cape West Coast boasts many pristine, sandy white beaches and fascinating craggy bays with excellent conditions for a variety of activities; from water sports and fishing to hiking and relaxing in the sun. Whether you want to enjoy secluded sunbathing, cast your rod, enjoy a gentle kayak or rush across the water airborne, there is the perfect beach for you if you head up the R27. And the best part is that you will never have a strangers’ right towel up against yours – instead you will have peace and quiet and your own space in which to relax.

Big Bay

This is a great family beach, offering spectacular views across the bay of Table Mountain and Robben Island. Two rocky points that extend out into the sea create a small bay in which surfing, windsurfing and swimming are popular. It’s also close to many shops and other amenities and families as well as water sports enthusiasts flock here on weekends.
Coordinates: -33.792558, 18.456239



Situated in the Blaauwberg Conservation Area, Eerstesteen offers the opportunity to spend time unspoiled natural surroundings against the backdrop of Table Mountain. Only 30 minutes from Cape Town, it’s the perfect escape from the bustling city and visitors who want to relax can swim in the ocean or stroll along the beach. Those who are more energetic can paddle out for a surf or windsurfing or take a stroll and indulge in some bird watching. Picnic and braai facilities are available.
Coordinates: -33.777559, 18.449142


Melkbos Beach

This 7km long beach in Melkbosstrand is a favourite with locals and perfect for long, lazy walks and safe swimming. It’s also a popular spot for kitesurfing, windsurfing and boating and the views of Robben Island and Table Mountain are stunning, especially when the sun is setting. There are always life guards on duty here in summer and there are several excellent restaurants just across the road from the beach.
Coordinates: 33.7333, 18.4333



Situated just north of Melbosstrand, Silwerstroom is a popular coastal resort with a 1km long sandy shore. Set within a bay, a rocky point called Wintersteen provides protection from the swell for safe swimming in the sea, and there is also a tidal pool for those wanting a warmer dip without the waves. A slipway is available for boat launching and the shore angling is good too. There is also accommodation in the form of chalets and a campsite for those who want to spend more than a day here.
Coordinates: -33.719276, 18.455871



This picturesque seaside village boasts South Africa’s longest stretch of beach which runs for 16 miles, all the way up to the start of the West Coast National Park to the north. The seemingly endless 16 Mile Beach offers myriad activities for the whole family, including surfing and kite surfing. The gentle surf break and long stretch of beach makes it ideal for water sport beginners.
Coordinates: -33.719276, 18.455871



Kraalbaai is a beautiful, secluded beach on the opposite shores of the popular Langebaan Lagoon. Perfect for families and very popular with water sport fanatics, Kraalbaai Beach offers great conditions all types of activities, including kayaking, skiing, boating, fishing and angling. Sun worshippers can enjoy sea and sand and the lack of waves makes it ideal for cooling off. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.
Coordinates: -33.719276, 18.455871


Langebaan Main Beach

Langebaan’s popular main beach is both long and wide, with ample room to indulge in beach activities like Frisbee, beach bats and even flying a kite. This also makes it an amazing launch spot for numerous lagoon-based water sports and it’s extremely popular with kite surfers and wind surfers. This family-friendly, safe beach is right in the centre of the town, is easily accessible and conveniently located near loads of quaint shops and great restaurants.
Coordinates: 33.0917, 18.0333


Calypso Beach

Calypso Beach on Langebaan Lagoon is a pristine west-facing beach with warm, shallow water. As there are no currents, it is ideal for safe swimming and bodysurfing in the small waves. 
The best part about this beach is the ease of access and privacy.
Coordinates: -33.056137, 18.046542


Bluewater Bay

Bluewater Bay in Saldanha is a beautiful stretch of beach that is great for swimming, fishing and surfing. In peak season the beach is patrolled by life guards, and there is a kids playground and ablution facilities available.
Coordinates:  -32.994157, 17.96948


Britannia Bay Beach

This beautiful beach boasts magical scenery and a typical Cape West Coast feel, with a pristine stretch of white sand, tiny shell-strewn nooks, and beautifully etched rocky areas. Swimming and diving are very popular here. The protected bay is home to families of dolphins who frolic in the waves and the Southern Right whale can often be spotted for 10 months of the year.
Coordinates: -32.712014, 17.964533


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