Summer has arrived in Cape Town so we have brought you the summer beach activity guide! The Cape Point Route is one of the best places to experience the Cape summer so get out there and enjoy and if you’re stuck for things to do, why not give us a call for suggestions or to book lessons or tours.
The Cape Point Route is a peninsula with coastline wrapped around a national park. With 18 easily accessible beaches on the route you will be spoilt for choice. Most however are spectacular white sandy beaches with a backdrop of scenic mountains. Some are small and sheltered, some are wide and expansive – some are great for watersports or beach activities and some are great for suntanning.
Try Hout Bay beach, Noordhoek Beach, Kommetjie Beach, Simon’s Town’s long beach, Boulders Beach, Fish Hoek Beach, St James Beach or Muizenberg Beach.
Please note that we do know there are many more activities in other areas of Cape Town, but the Cape Peninsula is is our beach ‘hood & this is what we know best!
Catch a sunset!
On endless summer days one of our favourite things to do is find a sundowner spot and watch the sun set over the ocean. This could be at one of our great sundowner restaurant venues or on one of our beaches or from the mountainside. You can read our Valentine’s day article on best Sundowner Spots for some ideas too.
Walk on the beach (& see a shipwreck!)
Noordhoek Beach is a long seemingly endless beach of soft white sand, fresh air and crashing waves. You’ll share the beach with a few surfers, families picnicking and dog-walkers. You may encounter some equine-lovers horse-riding on the beach, but we recommend walking to the Kakapo shipwreck, which ran aground in 1900. The rusted shipwreck provides wonderful photo opportunities.
Imagine the wind in your hair and a long stretch of beach, the smell of the ocean as you walk, trot or canter along the beach. Regardless of your experience there are horses and instructors to take you on a beach ride suiting your level of skill. Noordhoek Beach is the ideal spot for this as you pass through dunes onto the beach and view bird and marine life. Read More…
Walk next to the beach
Jager’s Walk is a gentle undulating takes you along the rocky coastline from Fish Hoek to Sunny Cove, where sign boards explain the life history of the dolphins that play in these waters throughout the year and of the Southern Right and Humpback whales that come during late winter and early spring to calve.
A scenic A level coastal path that runs past the rock pools and beaches along the False Bay coastline all the way from St James to surfers’ corner in Muizenberg, passing several historical buildings. Take care not to get wet at high tide.
Take a lesson or hire a surfboard and hit the waves with LEARN TO SURF in Muizenberg. Muizenberg is the hot spot of learning to surf, due to the gentle sloping beach and consistent waves. Boards and wetsuits can be hired from the surf shops in Muizenberg but check with the locals if you are heading to some of the other hot spots from Hout Bay, Kommetjie, Scarborough, and Kalk Bay with some great point breaks, reef breaks, a few barrels and a good wave can usually be found on one coast or the other. See our winter surfing article here..
SUP (Stand Up Paddling)
The latest craze and trend in watersports, SUP’ing has become a common sight on Cape Town beaches in Summer. The concept is to paddle out to sea by moving over white water (waves!) in a standing position using a paddle whilst standing on a surf board. Surfstore offers SUP lessons as well as kitesurfing in Muizenberg.
Experience the exciting discipline of deep sea fishing by chartering a boat with experienced skippers and crew and head out for a day in the deep! The predominant offshore fish species are yellowfin tuna, longfin, mako and occasionally dorado. Inshore there is yellowtail and cape snoek with options for hooking cape salmon and kob. Book a fishing trip with one of the experts and fish off the Atlantic coastline, Cape Point or in False Bay. Angling is a popular activity and Kalk Bay Harbour on a Sunday is a social occasion as fishermen throw their lines off the harbour wall in the hopes of a catch. Read More…
Buy a Fish (fresh!)
Kalk Bay harbour is one of South Africa’s last working harbours and is always buzzing with fishermen and traders baring their antiques and crafts. While you’re in Kalk Bay, keep an eye out for the traditional fishing vessels returning with their catch of the day and join the “fish auction” to get your hands on your own fresh fish. Perfect for your evening braai/BBQ.
Some of the most fun you will have on the water without being in it! Kayaks are safe and stable and you can go on an organised paddle without any experience. Beautiful bays and beaches, you’ll see seals and penguins and the birdlife is astounding! Trips leave daily from Simon’s Town but are weather dependent. Read more…
Engage with the Cape Fur Seals by snorkelling with these acrobatic and inquisitive creatures common in the Cape Waters. Meeting these playful seals under water provides a new experience as you watch their incredible stunts. Read More…
Cape Town’s floral kingdom is reflected underwater making Cape Town a unique region for scuba diving. You could experience anything from kelp forests to shipwreck dives, colourful reefs and 7 gill cow sharks. You can book a shore or boat dive, or even a night dive and if you don’t know how to dive then why not consider a scuba diving course for your summer holiday and learn a new skill. Read more
Enjoy the wind, earth, and water like never before in a combination of new sensations. Contrary to what most people believe, learning how to kitesurf is not difficult and usually takes 3 – 5 lessons to be able to kitesurf on your own at the beach. Cape Town’s warmest water, on-shore wind and mellow waves generating long flat sections in shallow water. Muizenberg Beach has on-shore wind and mellow waves generating long flat sections in shallow water. The wind is consistent and there is a lot of space making it ideal for learning to kitesurf. Read more
If swimming in the waves is not your thing Cape Town has some great tidal pools to swim in – and they are also fabulous for the kids. The water is also a fraction warmer than the open sea. One of the most popular pools is in St James – a picturesque little beach, with a tidal pool and colourful beach huts. Tidal pools can also be found at Kommetjie beach. There are two at Soetwater Resort, two in the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve (Buffels Bay & Bordjiesrif), one at Millers Point Recreational Area outside Simon’s Town, two in Glencairn, two in Kalk Bay and one at Dalebrook.
What lies beneath the rocky shore?
The Dalebrook Marine reserve which is a wave cut platform- which has created a shelf of rock and has a rich diversity of intertidal marine life. At low tide you can explore the rich variety of animal and plant life which abounds here, and learn how it adapts and survives the ebb and flow of the tide. You’ll certainly see crabs, fish, and sea urchins, chittons and there are 17 different limpet species!
The beachfront pavilion in Muizenberg is host to a fun family park. The park features the Muizenberg Super Tubes which offers basic facilities and 3 water slides; namely the baby slide, the camel slide, and the big slide. A lot of fun right at the beach. Also known as the Super Tubes, this trio of water slides offers one ‘advanced’ slide, one straight and fast ‘speed’ slide, and one ‘junior’ slide for smaller kids, heaps of beach side fun! Read More
If you decide the water isn’t for you, there is a putt-putt/mini golf course adjacent to the water park in Muizenberg which provides great fun for the whole family. 2 x 18-hole courses are on offer and if you get a hole in one on the last hole, your next round is free! You will also find a swimming pool and a kiosk here where you can purchase refreshments and ice creams. Read more
Play tennis by the sea
In the seaside village of St James, is a tennis court next to the sea providing a spectacular setting for a game of tennis. If you miss your serve because you’re distracted by the view, it’s completely understandable! To reserve a game overlooking False Bay contact Sonnekus Guest House on 021 788 2992
Where in the world can you quite literally swim with penguins. Boulders Beach is a national park with a beach that shares it’s sand with penguins and people. Kids love it and it’s no wonder this sheltered and protected beach with its unique inhabitants, has often been voted the best child-friendly beach in the world. Read more
Cape Point Route loves the beach (& Penguins)
Cape Point Route also offers day tours, packages, accommodation, activities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call 021 789 0093 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za