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False Bay Beaches
The False Bay coastline is generally quieter and more laid-back than the trendy Atlantic beaches, but in peak-season these beaches too are very busy with holidaymakers. The water in the bay is much warmer and the shallow waters extend quite far making for safe and enjoyable swimming. Lifeguards are on duty at all major beaches and for safety will ask you to swim in designated areas.
In its heyday in the 50's and 60's Muizenberg was a town of glitz and glamour. Today it has become a sleepy sea-side town although many of the elegant mansions of days past still adorn the mountainside. The sandy beach is extremely long offering plenty of space for fun and games and facilities are good. Behind the beach you will find a number of cafes as well as a Put-Put Course (miniature golf) and a few waterslides. The far end of the beach is popular with surfers. Between Muizenberg and Fish Hoek there are a couple of smaller beaches and tidal pools - ideal for exploring and offering safe swimming for children. These include St James beach and Dalebrook tidal pool. The Catwalk is an enjoyable 40-minute walk (one-way) between Muizenberg and St James Beach - just above the shoreline - and wanders past rockpools and crashing waves. Expect to get wet at high-tide.
Further along the coast towards Cape Point is Fish Hoek Beach a favourite with locals and a popular family beach. The long stretch of sandy beach is ideal for walking as is the walkway at the far end of the beach that wanders past rockpools and offers long views out to sea. There is a play area for children as well as a relaxed beachfront restaurant and take-aways and snacks are also available. Bring your own umbrellas and beach chairs. Good bathroom and changing facilities are available.
For a different sea-side experience, head to Boulders Beach just past Simon's Town. The beach forms part of a conservation area that is home to the African Penguin and wooden walkways have been constructed to view the penguins in their natural habitat. The beach itself is small and made up of a number of small coves surrounded by large boulders - if you get their early you may be able to claim your own private beach. Watch out though for the changing tides. Great for swimming and exploring - provided you don't mind coming face-to-face with a penguin or two! An entrance fee is charged and a small shop and restaurant can be found alongside the parking area at the top of the beach.