As an extrovert who gets most of my energy from other people, I don’t spend much time on my own. Ironically though, I am not a fan of crowded spaces. With the holiday season right around the corner, the beaches in the Western Cape will soon be overflowing with valies and tourists, making the blue-flag beaches something I avoid at all times.
I am however a huge fan of the ocean and sunny days on the beach, so I went on a hunt to find the best hidden gems in the Western Cape:
Sunset Beach – Blouberg
The windy, but oh-so-beautiful Blouberg is a popular tourist destination all-year round. Most people flock to Blouberg Beach, the white strip of sand overlooking Table Mountain. Unknown to most people lies the quiet little Sunset Beach just a few hundred metres away. When Blouberg Beach is too crowded, you will be delighted to discover that Sunset Beach is not nearly as populated – even in high season.
Preekstoel Beach – Langebaan
Langebaan is another very popular destination during the December holidays. People flock to the West Coast from all over, and who can blame them? If you are also a fan of Langebaan, but the crowded main beach gets to you every time, head over to Preekstoel Beach near the Langebaan Lagoon. Here you will find a well-hidden stretch of coastline backed up against rugged cliffs, where you can find an even more private shelter.
Olifantsbos Beach – Cape Point Nature Reserve
Olifantsbos is probably one of Cape Point’s best-kept secrets. This small, sandy beach is peaceful, untouched and has only one secluded little cottage for accommodation. Situated in a nature reserve, it is necessary to pay a visitors fee, which makes it even more exclusive. I, for one, would pay the R145 with a smile because I know I would basically have the beach to myself.
Windmill Beach – Simon’s Town
Everyone knows (and loves) Boulders Beach, where you can find the famous penguin colony that lives there. For me, the crowds are the only thing that stops me from going there. Luckily, Boulders Beach has a similar looking sibling, called Windmill Beach. Neatly hidden behind the Simon’s Town golf course, this beach is a peaceful paradise. Just around the corner of Boulders, you are bound to have a penguin visitor on Windmill Beach.
Scarborough Beach – Between Noordhoek and Kommetjie
This stretch of beach between Noordhoek and Kommetjie is secluded, idyllic and a true gem if you want to get away from the crowds. You might see the occasional surfer, or a local walking their dogs, but that’s as crowded as it gets. Be careful when you take a dip here though, as the area is known for strong currents and winds.
Do you know about any hidden beaches in the Western Cape? If you dare to share your secret, tell us about your favourite hidden beach in the comments below.