Sandy Bay Beach – Wild souls in Cape Town

Sandy Bay is a secluded nudist beach which shows the natural beauty of the South African coast. A wild haven of peace in the proximity of Cape Town.

Sandy Bay is an extensive beach broken up into smaller sections by large, natural granite slabs. The boulders and rock formations provide many vantage points from which one can enjoy spectacular views of the mountain behind and the deep blue Atlantic Ocean in front – all in the buff, of course! The far end is popular among the gay community as a cruising spot.

Sandy Bay beach

Sandy Bay beach

Situated along the road between Cape Town to Cape Point, Sandy Bay beach is not easily accessible. There are two ways to get there. One can clamber over the rocks at the southern end of Llandudno or take a 20-minute walk from the Sunset Rocks parking area. Its remoteness makes Sandy Bay a hotspot for opportunist crime, so it’s best to visit during peak times or with a group of friends.

Sandy Bay beach at dusk Cape Town

Sandy Bay beach at dusk

Swimming is not high on the agenda in Sandy Bay’s cove because the water is freezing. However, you are guaranteed a glorious overall tan and even, if lucky, you may see dolphins, seals, whales and other marine wildlife. When sea swell is large there is a great beach break for surfing and body boarding. Sandy’s can throw up perfect barrels on the shallow sand banks.

If you are thinking about making Sandy Bay your beach destination for the day, remember to take along plenty to eat and drink and sufficient sun protection cream, because the beach is located in the residential area of Llandudno and there are no shops around.

Whale breaching near Sandy Bay beach

Whale breaching near Sandy Bay beach (photo courtesy of Chris Duggebly)

The fact that there are no buildings around and the situation at the end of a valley that runs down from the Twelve Apostles, makes Sandy Bay a special place of unspoilt beauty. It is a quiet and breathtaking setting, that allows people to escape from the crowded beaches. A remote haven of natural beauty and wildness in the proximity of Cape Town.


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