Clifton - Cape Town
Clifton, possibly Cape Town's most glamorous beach, consists of a seductive string of four adjoining coves, reached by walking down winding stairways past luxurious beach bungalows to the soft, white sands below. Tangas, bikinis and sunbathing are more the focus here as the invitingly blue water is often icy cold. But swimming isn't the drawcard: this is the place to see and be seen, to mingle with beautiful, sunkissed people, particularly on First, Second and Fourth beaches. And with Clifton being brilliantly sheltered from the summer South Easter, you're assured you won't have sand blowing in your face. Trendy Fourth beach buzzes with tanned, toned Capetonians playing volleyball or frisbee, strolling or sunbathing. Whenever the sun is out, yachts anchor in the bay, and speed boats and jet-skis come out to play.
The giant, granite boulders interlinking each of the small beaches make great locations for sundowner picnics. Simply find a comfortable nook in the rocks, pour the Champagne and watch the greatest show on earth as the sun sinks over the Atlantic Ocean. Clifton's atmosphere may be reminiscent of a Mediterranean resort, yet it's the dramatic mountain backdrop and peculiarly Capetonian edge that gives this special corner of Africa its exotic allure.