During our time in Cape Town we also enjoyed visits to some of the beautiful white sandy beaches south of Cape Town.
In general all the beaches on the western coast have very cold water (12-18C depending on the beach) and the eastern side beaches in the large Kalk Bay have warmer waters (well above 20C).
The closest beach to our house was the Hout Bay beach which is in a relatively large bay north of Chapman’s peak. On this beach the water is slightly warmer than on some of the other beaches on this side of the peninsula, and its frequented by locals. It also has an excellent seafood restaurant “Mariner’s Wharf” on the pier with great views to the beach.
Another beach only 15min from our house was Llandudno, which is located in a lovely small bay in a rich neighbourhood without restaurants and it’s clearly a favourite for experienced surfers. Water here was freezing but views amazing. And of course it is always fun to watch the surfers.
As we also wanted to test the warmer waters, we also visited the Muizenberg beach which has very few restaurants (only some in the southern end) but which has kilometres after kilometres of white sand and is truly beautiful. It also seemed to be a great place to learn surfing with not too big waves but instead warmer waters and safe sandy bottom if you fall of your board.