Glencairn Beach

Glencairn Beach - South Africa
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Glencairn Beach can be found on the western shores of False Bay, in the suburb of Glencairn, which is roughly four kilometres north of Simons Town on the Cape Peninsula.

Easily reached thanks to a train station and plenty of parking, Glencairn Beach is largely used by locals as a place to exercise and let their dogs run around, however it also sees its fair share of water sports enthusiasts. Windsurfers make good use of the south-easterly breeze, while surfers and kayakers can also be routinely found here.

Shark spotters ensure that the waters are safe to swim or paddle around, and double as a lookout for southern right whales.

A shallow tidal pool provides a great way for kids to splash about in safety and check out life beneath the waves at the same time. It can be found towards the southern end of the beach, close to the train station and the mouth of the Else River, a protected wetland. Visitors have to cross the rail line to reach the beach.

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