Cape Town is one of South Africa’s capital cities, and though a bustling urban area, it boasts amazing activities and stunning natural wonders. This destination’s tourism industry is slowly recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, it’s eager to welcome those who want to enjoy its Atlantic warmth.
One of the city’s popular attractions is Table Mountain, proud of its unique formation. It is part of a national park that’s famous for its fynbos areas. Another favorite is the scenic Cape Point, part of the equally impressive Cape Peninsula. For more scenic moments, tourists also drive along Chapman's Peak or hike Signal Hill. The city also has heritage sites for tourists who want to learn about its culture. All that plus Cape Town’s beaches make a tour in this South African city one for the books.
10 Enjoy The Waters Of St. James Tidal Pool
There are many tidal pools in Cape Town, but St. James is probably the most popular. This natural pool is the perfect place to have a quick dip while enjoying the views of False Bay. So stunning is this pool that it’s a common postcard design. Since it’s sheltered from the wind, St. James Tidal Pool is perfect for families with kids. This Cape Town attraction has fine waters that await sunbathers and swimmers. Why have a quick dip when tourists can stay here all day, though?
9 Bike Along The Sea Point Promenade
Enjoying a beach day is not limited to the sandy area because, in Cape Town, there’s the Sea Point Promenade that encourages everyone to be active. It is the perfect place for tourists to meet locals as it’s a popular recreational park. Those who want to break a sweat can enjoy the stunning views while biking, jogging, skating, or walking. What’s more, it’s the best spot to watch the sunset. The Prom means business when it comes to delivering worthwhile moments under the sun.
8 Atlantis Dunes: An Endless Beach
For an endless “beach” adventure, tourists should head to Atlantis Dunes. This is the best place for those who want to fill their adrenaline cup under the sun and with the sand. More than 12 square miles of dunes await guests who want to try riding a 4x4 vehicle in this Cape Town playground. Some dunes can go up to 50 meters high, perfect for a thrilling sandboarding experience. With Table Mountain and the ocean as the view, anyone riding or driving on Atlantis Dunes is in for a treat.
7 Enjoy The Peace In Diaz Beach
Diaz Beach is among Cape Point’s most famous because of its seclusion. It’s the ideal resting place for sun-worshippers who want to be away from the crowd. Here, beachgoers will spend their day sunbathing in peace, reading a book, or drinking some mimosa. Reaching the beach will need a little effort, but the short trek is worth it. It might not be a spot for swimmers because of its strong waves, but it’s still perfect for those who want a quiet time near its waters.
6 Join A Catamaran Cruise
What’s the best way to enjoy the wonders of a coastal town? By a boat cruise, that is. Tourists who are raring to be far from the shore can join a catamaran trip. There are many options for this experience, from a morning escapade to a sunset cruise. Tourists should imagine this: as they go farther in the Atlantic Ocean, the streaks of hue in the sky seem to guide them to the right viewing spot. As the cruise stops, the captain will offer wine, the perfect companion as passengers enjoy the setting of the sun.
5 Snorkeling With Seals
Those who want to meet new friends should head to Duiker Island off Hout Bay. It is famous for its resident Cape fur seals and marine birds. From the harbor, tourists will travel for 40 minutes to the island. Along the way, they’ll be inspired by the views of the bay as they head to the Atlantic. Whether guests join a photography tour, a sightseeing trip, or a snorkeling journey, the seals will always be there to greet them. These cute critters await their new friends.
4 Picnic In Oudekraal
A beach in Table Mountain National Park is perfect for a weekend picnic. Oudekraal is a sheltered cove, making it an enticing place to have a day out with families and friends. The scenic view of this destination attracts braai lovers. Unlike Diaz Beach, the waters in Oudekraal are calmer, so anyone will have a splashing good time in this pocket of paradise. What’s more, there’s a nearby shipwreck that’s perfect for Instagram moments. Whether sun-worshippers want a simple braai by the shore or snorkel, Oudekraal Beach is the place to be.
3 Hanging Ten
Thanks to the Atlantic waters, Cape Town is also a place where hanging ten can be experienced all day long. Many surf shops are ready to provide not just the gear but lessons for first-timers. When exposed to the roaring waves of the bay, even those without experience will be tempted to surf. Luckily, there are many professional instructors in the area that will share with them the basics, all the while letting them enjoy the views. Sand, surf, and sun, only in Cape Town.
2 Water Biking Near Cape Town
Tourists who want to experience a new way to sightsee – or “sightsea,” for that matter – are in for a treat because Simon Town has water biking. Cape Town’s promenade has a worthy opponent. From the pier, water bikers will venture into the ocean, where they can best view the coastline. Tourists need not worry about being lost because an expert guide will lead the way, taking them to spots where they might get lucky to see seals, birds, and even whales. Biking has never been this good.
1 Paddling Fun
Paddling is also big in Cape Town, especially for those who are not into surfing but still want to explore the ocean. Those who want to try stand-up paddleboarding can paddle along the Atlantic coastline. They can even bring kids so long as they’re guided by instructors. Kayakers are in for a treat, too, as they can visit Boulder’s Beach to check out a penguin colony. Aside from penguins, paddlers can also spot seals, dolphins, and birds. Cape Town is indeed welcoming.