Clifton Beach#9 in Best Things To Do in Cape Town
Separating the Atlantic Ocean from the decadent mansions of Cape Town's "Millionaire's Row" are the sugary-white sands of Clifton Beach. Divided into four beaches by huge stone boulders, Clifton draws the seen-and-be-seen crowd, as well as adrenaline-hungry surfers. This is one of the city's most popular shores thanks to its location: Sitting on the western edge of Table Mountain, Clifton stays protected from Cape Town's notoriously chilly winds. The water, however, remains cold throughout the year, which deters many swimmers.
Although this isn't the ideal place to doggy-paddle, recent visitors recommend spending some time at Clifton to stroll along the sand or people-watch from one of the nearby restaurants. As one TripAdvisor user puts it, "The water is cold but everything else is hot."
Clifton Beach is open all day, every day, and you don't have to pay to play. You can access these shimmering white shores by car via the M6 highway. To learn more about this popular stretch of sand, visit the Cape Town Tourism website.
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#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 like Boulders Beach and the Cape of Good Hope).
There are numerous ways to experience Table Mountain. Adventurous travelers can hike to the summit along one of the mountains numerous trails, although the region's fickle weather can turn an on-foot excursion into an unpleasant, muddy walk. Recent travelers strongly recommend using the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway instead. These suspended cable cars rotate 360 degrees, offering passengers spectacular views of the city and the ocean. According to one TripAdvisor user, "We had to queue for over an hour to get our tickets so recommend booking on-line. The cable car floor rotates so everyone get a chance to see the views."
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