19 April 2021

Cape Town beach named ‘one of world’s best’ – thanks to a unique feature

by Tom Head - The South African

Travel + Leisure – a New York-based lifestyle institution – has named Camps Bay beach in Cape Town as one of the best in the world – and there was plenty to wax lyrical about for our friends across the water. However, they were impressed by a particularly ‘unique’ feature that very few other beaches can boast about…

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You know the score by now: Camps Bay is the premier beach in Cape Town. Alongside the Clifton coast and the secret coves of Bakoven, this iconic stretch of sand is one of the main reasons visitors come to the Mother City: It’s a postcard-perfect vision of a tourist haven – with city attractions and rows of bars and restaurants right on the doorstep.

It’s popular amongst swimmers, walkers, sunbathers, Instagrammers, foreigners, and locals alike – just don’t mention the parking situation! Yes, it can be a little cramped for space on the roads, but an Uber from Cape Town City Centre will set you back somewhere between R50 to R100, or $3.40 – $6.80 for our trans-Atlantic audience.

Why is Camps Bay ‘one of the best’?

According to the write-up in Travel + Leisure, Camps Bay comes out a winner due to its location: Unlike most other coastal hot-spots, this one sits right in the middle of an ‘urban buzz’, and stands out as a ‘unique exception’.

Anne Olivia Bauso, the travel expert who wrote the article, also paid tribute to the ‘feathery sands’ and ‘beautiful blue water’. You’re welcome any time, Anne – and you certainly know a thing or two about what a good beach looks like!

“Truly beautiful beaches tend to be remote-island destinations far from urban buzz. A big exception is Camps Bay Beach, right in vibrant Cape Town. Backed by iconic Table Mountain, the beach offers a huge expanse of feathery sand and beautiful blue water. Safaris, famous vineyards, whale-watching, and shark-diving all make easy day trips from here.”

“There’s plenty on tap in the Mother City beyond sun and surf: Exploring the cobbled streets and colorful facades in the Bo-Kaap neighborhood, hiking or riding the aerial cableway to the top of Cape Town’s famous flat-topped mountain, and braving Chapman’s Peak, the hair-raising ocean drive through rocky cliffs tumbling into the South Atlantic.”