Family friendly beaches in Cape Town
Now, I must put a disclaimer before I start. This list is based on my opinion. I have been to a lot of beaches, before and after I had a child and the ones listed below are the ones I always take my little one.
Now, if you have ever been to Cape Town or live in Cape Town, you know that beaches get packed, especially on hot summer days and holidays so you will rarely find a completely empty beach on a lovely day. Our strategy is always go early so by the time it gets packed, we can leave. That way we get great parking, enjoy a clean beach and have tonnes of fun.
This is one of my absolute favourites, it is very far from the maddening crowds so there is lots of space there for everyone. You can build sandcastles and without worrying about space and other visitors. This beach is rarely full.
This is one of the best, if you can get there on a non busy day that is. It is not really a beach per say, there is an amazing tidal pool and it feels like you have your own little pool by the sea. Only problem, on sunny days it gets packed. It is right next to a train station and it is walking distance from Muizenberg so it gets tonnes of traffic on nice days. On the plus, if you don’t have a car, it is easily accessible. If you find st James tidal pool packed, you can always take a walk to the other hidden tidal pools in Kalk Bay.
This is one of my favourites, it also gets packed, but there is plenty of space for everyone. Only problem is traffic on a hot day to get there and back is a mission. Now that the road is being upgraded, getting there is a problem, but if you can get there you will not regret it. It is a lovely beach with a small play area for small kids. Nice tidal pools along the walkway. Benches lining the walkway in case one just wants to lie down or read a book or get a tan. It is also near a train station so it is easily accessible if you don’t have a car.
There is a playground for little ones to play when they get tired of water and sand. There are a number of eateries there for parents as well, lots of parking but you have to come early on hot days. For the bigger kids, they can also surf or take a lesson. It is also near a train station so it is easily accessible if you don’t have a car.
This is a great alternative if you cannot find parking at Muizenberg, it is rarely full (everyone goes to Surfer’s corner). Just bring an umbrella and toys for the kids to play with.
What can I say. When we lived in the Northern suburbs, this was our go to beach. We absolutely loved it, tonnes of packing. Lots of space for the kids to play. Traffic was not as bad as Fishhoek and St James on a hot summer day.
Buffelsfontein beach, Cape Point
If you are planning a trip to Cape Point, please pack a swim suit. This is one of the best swimming spots in Cape Town. The water is amazing, warm and shallow. There are braai and picnic spots around. Only disadvantage? Wildlife :-). Lots of cheeky baboons always looking for food.
Wow! This is another awesome beach, only problem is that you pay to go in, but it is well worth it. It is home to a colony of African penguins so they children will definately enjoy themselves.
There are lots of other beaches in and around Cape Town, some get too packed, some are more adult friendly than children friendly, some have sewage swimming right next to you. As with all things ocean, remember that there are sharks in the water and opportunistic criminals so be safe and put on lots of sunscreen so you don’t get sunburnt.