Clifton Bay Beach

Clifton Bay Beach showing a coastal town, rocky coastline and a sandy beach
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Soft white sand, aquamarine water, striking mountain views and picture-perfect sunsets lure visitors to this collection of four fashionable beaches.

Experience the pulsating heart of Cape Town’s beach scene at Clifton Bay Beach. Soak up the sun alongside a heady mix of tourists and the city’s beautiful people. Marvel at the views of rugged mountain peaks, including 2,195-feet (669-meter) tall Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles. Watch the luxury yachts bobbing in the piercing blue water of the Atlantic Ocean and gaze in awe at spectacular sunsets.

Clifton Bay Beach sits around a glorious bay and is comprised of four beaches separated by granite outcrops. Walk between each to discover their individual charm. Take a refreshing swim in the cool water and play beach sports such as soccer and volleyball. Lifeguards are on duty during the summer months and protect bathers from the strong ocean currents. Behind the beach is a residential stretch known as “Millionaire’s Row,” home to some of Cape Town’s most expensive real estate.

At the northern end of the bay is Clifton First Beach, a popular hangout for local beachgoers. The rolling waves make it a revered surf spot, too. Set in the heart of the bay are Clifton Second Beach and Clifton Third Beach, whose location at the center of the cove provides shelter on windy days. The former attracts a predominately young crowd while the latter is a favored retreat among the city’s LGBT community.

Clifton Fourth Beach, a designated Blue Flag area at the bay’s southernmost tip, throngs with hip beachgoers and families alike. Rent sunbeds and umbrellas from the vendors. Find changing facilities and restrooms. Watch open-air screenings of surf movies during December’s Wavescape Surf Film Festival.

Clifton Bay Beach is a 15-minute drive from Cape Town’s city center and a 5-minute drive from Camps Bay. Access to the beaches is via staircases that lead down from Victoria Road. Parking can be difficult to find during the busy peak season. Public buses stop on the road and connect with nearby suburbs.

Accommodation is available at beach-facing hotels, self-catering apartments and villas. Book early during peak season and be prepared to pay high rates for this sought-after location.

Top Hotels Close to Clifton Bay Beach

President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
The price is $99 per night from Dec 13 to Dec 14
$99
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free internet, breakfast, and a children's pool. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in our reviews. ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (549 reviews)
"All good."

Reviewed on Nov 15, 2022

President Hotel
The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8040
The price is $254 per night from Dec 12 to Dec 13
$254
per night
Dec 12 - Dec 13
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, 4 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in our reviews. Popular ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (330 reviews)
"I will always come back here. This was the 2nd time around."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2022

The Bay Hotel
The Marly Boutique Hotel
The Marly Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
201 The Promenade, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
The price is $440 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 5
$440
per night
Dec 4 - Dec 5
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 4 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms in ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (98 reviews)
"The position of The zMarly was fabulous., right on the beach and close to restaurants and tour services. Just fabulous!!"

Reviewed on Jul 2, 2022

The Marly Boutique Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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President Hotel
President Hotel
4 out of 5
4 Alexander Road, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8001
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The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8040
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The Marly Boutique Hotel
The Marly Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
201 The Promenade, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
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POD Camps Bay
POD Camps Bay
5 out of 5
3 Argyle Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
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Ellerman House
Ellerman House
5 out of 5
180 Kloof Road Bantry Bay, Bantry Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
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Primi Seacastle
Primi Seacastle
4 out of 5
15 Victoria Road Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8040
Primi Seacastle
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
Place on the Bay Self-Catering
Place on the Bay Self-Catering
3.5 out of 5
Corner of Van Kamp and Victoria Road, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
Place on the Bay Self-Catering
Newkings Boutique Hotel
Newkings Boutique Hotel
3 out of 5
94 Regent Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8060
Newkings Boutique Hotel
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