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Clifton, Cape Town

For anyone who’s anyone, Clifton is the place to be. South Africa’s most expensive suburb, this stretch of coastline is home to four of Cape Town’s most popular white-sand beaches named First, Second, Third and Fourth – and each have their own distinct fan group. 

Clifton First welcomes every man’s best furry friend – yes, we’re talking dogs because even amongst all of South Africa’s incredible wildlife, it’s hard not to get excited when you see one of these cute fluff balls – so if you’ve had to leave your best mate at home, a visit here will be sure to give you your fill of puppy love.  

Second Beach is where the hip surfer crowd can be found, whether the waves are better here or not, is up to you to decide – don a wetsuit, grab a board and get involved. 

A place to channel your inner queen, Third is a favourite amongst the gay community. But, always busy, this is a fun spot regardless of whether you’re part of the LGBT community or not. 

And, Fourth. Fourth is where Cape Town’s beautiful people come out to play. Think yacht’s bobbing in the icy waters of the bay, competitive volleyball games in full swing and group’s of sun-kissed individuals gathering around a delicious smelling braai. 

Why you should add Clifton to your itinerary builder

Made up of four separate coves, a visit to fashionable Clifton will consist of a whole lot of sun-soaking. It’s here, whilst lazing on these powdery sands, that you’ll forget that the buzz of the inner-city is mere minutes away by car – yes, the beaches are really that good.

Separated by giant boulders, the best thing about these impossibly pretty, crescent-shaped beaches is that they are protected from the Cape Peninsula’s infamous wind. Here, you can throw a frisbee, play volleyball and even leave your towel unattended without fear of it blowing away – beach bliss? We think so. 

And, don’t just make a day of it, the evenings are good here too. Take a cool box of beers and swig in true South African style as you gaze at yet another enchanting sunset. 

With Cape Town in all of our South Africa holidays, you’ll have plenty of time to get some beach hopping done in Clifton.

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Clifton essential information


The western extremity of Cape Town’s Border – a series of very steep steps will bring you to each beach.

Opening times

Cape Town may be a year-round destination but its beaches are best enjoyed during the summer months – even then, you’ll have to muster up some serious courage to take a dip in the Atlantic’s icy waters.

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