Four perfect crescent beaches, strewn with enormous granite boulders, are home to an eclectic mix of residents and visitors. Because there are no Clifton hotels, our top-notch villas are the perfect accommodation in this desirable area.
Locally, each of the four beaches at Clifton has a different association. First Beach is a designated leash-free zone for dogs, and sunset finds pedigrees and rescues frolicking on the golden sand and playing with the enormous fronds of kelp that wash up from the Atlantic Ocean. Second Beach is popular with energetic youngsters who enjoy games of volleyball, beach bats and touch rugby while their friends swap gossip and top up their tans. Third Beach is traditionally pink-friendly while Fourth Beach – which has coveted Blue Flag status for maintaining strict standards of cleanliness – is the largest and most family-friendly, with a life-guard service. Of course, none of these associations is written in stone and beachgoers can happily enjoy any one they choose. There is also a small tidal beach called Moses Beach before First beach but, because it comes and goes with the tide, it tends to be deserted by all but seasoned residents. Note that drinking alcohol is not permitted on any beach in South Africa and Clifton is regularly patrolled by law enforcement authorities.
Because it is chiefly a residential area, there are few dining options in Clifton itself, like The Bungalow. However, it is only an easy and very scenic 10-minute drive from the city centre of Cape Town and a 5-minute drive from neighbouring Camps Bay, where fine and casual restaurants abound - expect plenty of beachside breakfast and top-notch coffee options.
In Cape Town, try Reuben’s (South African cuisine), The Pot Luck Club (fusion), Gourmet Boerie (traditional South African sausage that makes up a boerewors roll), Il Leone (Italian) and El Burro (Mexican).
Clifton is perfect for those who want 5-star accommodation, glorious views, an unbeatable beach location and convenient access to all attractions Cape Town has to offer. It is also a popular site for those who enjoy getting active: on any given day, runners, kayakers, surfers, stand-up paddle boarders and paragliders off towering Lion’s Head will call Clifton home.
Jenieen Van Den Heever
Third Beach is one of the few Atlantic Seaboard beaches that is almost entirely protected from the summer south-eastern wind known as ‘the southeaster’ or ‘the Cape doctor’, making it a good choice on breezier days.
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