Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach #4
Photo: © Philip Massie
Clifton Beach, Cape Town
Photo: © Warren Rohner / CC BY
Clifton Beach, Cape Town
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Clifton Beach sun down

Sitting right next door to Cape Town's other premiere beach (Camps Bay) is Clifton beach. The backdrop here is equally stunning with one of Cape Town's best known mountains, Lion's Head, rising up directly behind and the Twelve Apostles looming to the south. The sugar-white sand that forms Clifton is dived up into four, just about distinct, beaches. These are rather imaginatively named 1st to 4th beaches and are basically the same beach with a few granite boulders separating each of them. 4th beach is closest to Camps Bay and is the least built up; it has also been awarded the Blue Flag award for its cleanliness and range of amenities.

There is actually a 5th beach at Clifton and this is (obviously) situated right next to First beach! However, Moses Beach as it is known, is rather transient and disappears and reappears as the sand is deposited through the seasons. The winds and resulting flow of sand are a bit of a feature with Clifton; during the winter the strong north-westerly winds cause a large amount of sand to be stripped from the beach. In the summer months a prevailing south-easterly causes the sand to be piled up.
These seasonal winds also give rise to an unusual quirk regarding the water temperatures. Despite being sheltered from the breeze the water at Clifton is often at its coldest in Summer, barely reaching 10°C (50°F). In winter, however, sea temperatures can be almost double this!

Each of Clifton's beaches has a slightly different character. First beach is the most popular with surfers with the waves becoming progressively smaller towards 4th beach. This allows yachts and small boats to anchor off Fourth beach during the summer, giving it an upmarket lift. Third beach is particularly popular amongst the gay community, whilst 2nd beach draws a student crowd.

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Clifton Beach Weather Info

5 Day Clifton Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Clifton Beach tide times & sea state

Thu 12/12 »

Surf report for Thu 12/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
11:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 4mph
17:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 3:50am (1.73m)
Low 9:49am (0.45m)
High 3:56pm (1.78m)
Low 10:11pm (0.31m)
Daylight
First light04:59
Sunrise05:28
Sunset19:51
Dark20:20

Fri 13/12 »

Surf report for Fri 13/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
11:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
17:00 7ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
High 4:28am (1.74m)
Low 10:29am (0.46m)
High 4:37pm (1.74m)
Low 10:51pm (0.35m)
Daylight
First light05:00
Sunrise05:28
Sunset19:52
Dark20:21

Sat 14/12 »

Surf report for Sat 14/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 13mph
11:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 16mph
17:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 5:10am (1.73m)
Low 11:14am (0.50m)
High 5:21pm (1.68m)
Low 11:34pm (0.41m)
Daylight
First light05:00
Sunrise05:29
Sunset19:52
Dark20:21

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 10ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
High 5:56am (1.69m)
Low 12:05pm (0.55m)
High 6:11pm (1.59m)
Daylight
First light05:00
Sunrise05:29
Sunset19:53
Dark20:22

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
11:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 6mph
17:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 12:23am (0.50m)
High 6:48am (1.64m)
Low 1:07pm (0.61m)
High 7:10pm (1.49m)
Daylight
First light05:00
Sunrise05:29
Sunset19:54
Dark20:23

Tue 17/12 »

Surf report for Tue 17/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 11s  °  ° 6mph
11:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 17mph
17:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 1:23am (0.59m)
High 7:50am (1.59m)
Low 2:22pm (0.66m)
High 8:22pm (1.42m)
Daylight
First light05:01
Sunrise05:30
Sunset19:54
Dark20:23

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

21 °C
(69 °F)

Moderate breeze, 23.4 km/h from SSE

Sea temperature

15.9°C / 60.6°F

Rating

Average: 5 (1 vote)

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