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Western Cape’s secret beaches revealed

These hidden beach gems will help create perfect memories.

As the holiday season commences here is a list of some of the not so famous beaches that are in and around the Western Cape where you can enjoy the sun and activities but with less crowds.


The Preekstoel beach is found in the West Coast National Park, along a 25km coastline stretch. The beach is near the Langebaan Lagoon and is named after a rock formation in the sand. The beach houses a rusted shipwwreck and the warm water there is suited to swimming, snorkelling and fishing.

Smithswinkel Bay

Smithswinkel Bay is in False Bay and is a 20 minute walk down the shore. The Bay is located down a steep cliff before the entrance of Cape Point Nature Reserve. The beach has rock pools and caves that are visible during the low tide. Activities on Smithswinkel Bay include snorkelling, swimming, angling as well as diving.

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Queen’s Beach

Queen’s Beach is obscured from plain sight and is also known as Sea Point’s forgotten Beach. The beach is within a walking distance from the promenade and beach revellers can get into the tidal pool or lay on the sand. It is also a great spot for surfing.

Glen Beach

Situated next to the Camps Bay strip, Glen beach is secluded, perfect if you want to escape the crowds from Camps Bay. The beach has the Twelve Apostles mountain in the background and is hidden behind sand dunes and boulders.

Scarborough Beach

The beach is nestled between Noorhoek and Kommetjie on Camel Rock Road. The place is popular for windsurfing, and frequented by surfers as well as dogs and their owners. Chefs can be seen looking for mussels and kites are also a common sight in the sky.

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There are more hidden beach gems scattered along the Western Cape shorelines this is just a condensed list. As you gear up to create memories during the festive season this may be a useful guide.

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