Muizenberg beach huts
Muizenberg beach
Photo: © Hilton1949 / CC BY
Muizenberg beach, South Africa
Photo: © Hilton1949 / CC BY

Sitting at the western end of the huge curve of sand that make up False Bay, Muizenberg is rightfully one of Cape Town's best known beaches. The beach is around 200 metres of soft white sand which backs onto the laid back seaside town of Muizenberg.

The sandy stretch which forms the northern shore of False bay itself goes on for ever. Well around 40km (25 miles) around to Gordons Bay at the far end. Much of the shoreline is undeveloped and from most viewpoints there is a spectacular backdrop of the landmark mountains of Cape Town. As an aside, the name False Bay comes from early sailors confusing the bay with Table Bay on the west coast, which is home to Cape Town harbour.

One of the most iconic features of Muizenberg beach are the brightly coloured Victorian beach huts which line the beach. Back in those days Muizenberg was Cape Town's number one beach, however now-a-days it has been replaced by the likes of Clifton and Camps Bay as the place to be seen. Muizenberg is still probably the best family beach around though. Unlike the west coast beaches that face direct into the Atlantic Ocean, the beach here is wider and flatter; not only is the water much warmer (around 6°C) , but generally calmer. This makes Muizenberg the top spot to learn to surf at in the Cape Town area and there are plenty of surf schools here to help out with this at the "Surfer's Corner" end of the beach.

Whilst Muizenberg is a great swimming and surfing beach there have been a number of well reported shark attacks here over the years. Whilst this reflects the popularity of the beach and statistically you would be extremely unlucky to be attacked, the authorities do take the threat seriously. Shark spotters are positioned overlooking the beach and will raise the alarm if a shark is spotted.

Muizenberg has recently won the prized Blue Flag award. This is as much for the facilities available as for the beach itself and as a well established beach town Muizenberg has them all, and then some. Backing onto the beach are numerous coffee shops, restaurants and surf shops along with Muizenberg Pavilion. If the beach isn't enough to keep the kids occuppied this place will. There is a big water slide, outdoor swimming pool, putt-putt (mini-golf) course and much more.

More Western Cape beaches in South Africa

Muizenberg Weather Info

5 Day Muizenberg UV Index

UV Index scale

A UV Index reading of 3 or more means some precautions should be taken. For more information visit our guide to the UV Index.

Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Muizenberg tide times & sea state

Tue 21/01 »

Surf report for Tue 21/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 29mph
11:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 26mph
17:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 29mph
Tide times
High 1:52am (1.55m)
Low 7:57am (0.61m)
High 2:02pm (1.64m)
Low 8:25pm (0.47m)
First light05:27

Wed 22/01 »

Surf report for Wed 22/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 22mph
11:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 25mph
17:00 9ft 13s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
High 2:35am (1.62m)
Low 8:41am (0.56m)
High 2:44pm (1.67m)
Low 9:02pm (0.43m)
First light05:28

Thu 23/01 »

Surf report for Thu 23/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 33mph
11:00 8ft 9s  °  ° 29mph
17:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 32mph
Tide times
High 3:13am (1.68m)
Low 9:20am (0.52m)
High 3:21pm (1.69m)
Low 9:35pm (0.41m)
First light05:29

Fri 24/01 »

Surf report for Fri 24/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 8ft 8s  °  ° 28mph
11:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 20mph
17:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
High 3:48am (1.72m)
Low 9:54am (0.51m)
High 3:56pm (1.69m)
Low 10:05pm (0.41m)
First light05:31

Sat 25/01 »

Surf report for Sat 25/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 4:21am (1.74m)
Low 10:27am (0.50m)
High 4:28pm (1.67m)
Low 10:34pm (0.42m)
First light05:32

Sun 26/01 »

Surf report for Sun 26/01
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 22mph
11:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 25mph
17:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 23mph
Tide times
High 4:52am (1.74m)
Low 10:58am (0.52m)
High 5:00pm (1.64m)
Low 11:03pm (0.45m)
First light05:33

Today's weather

Clear sky

23 °C
(73 °F)

Moderate breeze, 24.1 km/h from SSE

Sea temperature

20.2°C / 68.3°F


Average: 3 (1 vote)

More beaches in South Africa