Clifton Beach – A Trend-Setters Paradise
Clifton is considered by many holidaymakers to be the jewel of Cape Town’s coastline. Separated by massive granite boulders, Clifton’s white sandy beaches – First, Second, Third and Fourth Beach – each offer a unique fun-in-the-sun experience. Clifton’s beaches have been rated as one of Discovery Travel Channel’s Top Ten Beaches for both 2003 and 2004, as well as being designated as a Blue Flag Beach – an internationally recognized award for beaches meeting stringent safety, facility and environmental standards.
With steps leading down to the beaches from the road, Clifton is nicely sheltered from Cape Town’s notorious south-easterly wind making it an especially attractive option when the “Cape Doctor” decides to blow. While each of Clifton’s beaches is a pleasure to visit, Fourth Beach is the most popular among local and international trend-setters, and with the icy Atlantic Ocean lapping the shoreline, swimming is not a high priority for the sleekly tanned, designer-clad sun-lovers enjoying this beautiful location.
Clifton offers modern clean ablution facilities, as well as kiosks selling snacks and other odds-and-ends for the beach, and while Clifton itself does not have much to offer in the line of restaurants, being conveniently located between Sea Point and Camps Bay, there are a host of restaurants, cafés, coffee shops and pubs just down the road in either direction.
Sunsets at Clifton are something special, providing the perfect setting to enjoy a sundowner or a sunset picnic. So, be sure to don your designer swimwear and sunglasses and soak up the sun on Clifton’s stunning beaches when you visit Cape Town.