Boulders Beach
Courtesy of Cape Town Tourism

Key Info

4 Boulders Place

Details

Beaches Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend
4.6scorecard
  • 4.5Value
  • 0.0Food Scene
  • 5.0Atmosphere

On False Bay, this stunning beach earned its name from the massive boulders that lay scattered across the sands and separate the shoreline into peaceful, private coves. Swimming here is more inviting than it is at Clifton or Camps Bay: The waters of False Bay are enviably warmer than the Atlantic's waves. But as great as the scenery and swimming may be, the main reason to visit Boulders Beach is to get to know the locals: This beach is home to an ever-expanding colony of African Penguins. You'll see these tuxedoed sunbathers teetering around the sand. Although they have grown accustomed to human company, please do your best not to disturb them.

Recent visitors love getting up-close and personal with the penguins. According to one TripAdvisor user, "The penguins were everywhere! They didn't seem to mind if you got pretty close to them to take a picture."

Boulders Beach—which is a part of Table Mountain National Park—sits roughly 26 miles south of central Cape Town near the hamlet of Simon's Town. You can drive to the beach via the M3, M5, or M6 highways, or you can take the Metrorail to Simon's Town Station. Boulders welcomes guests every day starting at 7 or 8 p.m.; closing times vary depending on the season. The beach is one of the few areas of Table Mountain National Park that requires visitors to pay a conservation fee, which is 40 ZAR (about $5 USD) for adults and 15 ZAR ($2 USD for children). To learn more, visit the South African National Parks website.

See all Hotels in Cape Town »

More Best Things To Do in Cape Town

Table Mountain
Constantia Valley
Type
Time to Spend
1 of 13
#1 Table Mountain

Easily the city's most recognizable landmark, Table Mountain towers over Cape Town just south of the city center. Having earned its name from its unique, flat-topped shape, the mountain is the most popular attraction found within Table Mountain National Park (which encompasses other top attractions likeBoulders Beachand theCape of Good

Read more
Courtesy of Cape Town Tourism
See full list of Best Things To Do in Cape Town »

Explore More of Cape Town

Recommended

The 20 Best Michigan State Parks

Two peninsulas, four Great Lakes and innumerable natural highlights elevate Michigan's state parks.

Zach WatsonApril 18, 2019

50 Awesome Vacation Ideas for Every Type of Traveler

Consider these vacation ideas for your next getaway.

Holly JohnsonApril 11, 2019

The 13 Best National Parks in California

You won't regret adding one of these national parks to your California itinerary.

Rachel CenterApril 10, 2019

10 Beautiful Places to Visit in the South of France

Plan a getaway to these special destinations to soak up culture, cuisine and quaint atmospheres.

Gwen PratesiApril 8, 2019

Best Carry-on Luggage of 2019

U.S. News rated the best carry-on luggage, considering recommendations from experts and consumers.

Lyn MettlerApril 3, 2019

The 11 Best Utah National Parks and Monuments to Visit

From birding to bouldering to boating, Utah's national parks have it all.

Zach WatsonApril 2, 2019

The 30 Best Zoos in the U.S.

Get an up-close look at wild creatures in natural settings at America's top animal parks.

Kyle McCarthyMarch 28, 2019

15 Scenic Train Rides to Add to Your Bucket List

Climb aboard these locomotives for jaw-dropping views.

Christine SmithMarch 26, 2019

13 Top Places to Visit in Tuscany, Italy

Ditch the crowded streets of Rome or Milan and head to Italy's picturesque countryside.

Lyn MettlerMarch 25, 2019

10 Excellent Educational Vacations for Families

Make sure your next getaway is both enjoyable and informative.

Holly JohnsonMarch 14, 2019