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 Back in those days Muizenberg was Cape Town’s number one beach, however now-a-days it has been replaced by the likes of Clifton and Camps Bay as the place to be seen.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.
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Muizenberg Weather Info
Current weather (Mon Feb 24th 01:00)
16°C / 61°F
Week weather forecast
Mon 24th29°C / 84°F
Tue 25th32°C / 90°F
Wed 26th26°C / 79°F
Thu 27th22°C / 72°F
Fri 28th29°C / 84°F
Sat 29th32°C / 90°F
5 Day Muizenberg UV Index
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Muizenberg tide times & sea state
Mon 24/02 »
Surf report for Mon 24/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 11ft 13s 32mph 11:00 10ft 12s 26mph 17:00 9ft 12s 30mph Tide times High 4:00am (1.77m) Low 10:08am (0.45m) High 4:10pm (1.70m) Low 10:13pm (0.40m) Daylight First light 06:03 Sunrise 06:28 Sunset 19:29 Dark 19:55
Tue 25/02 »
Surf report for Tue 25/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 8ft 9s 23mph 11:00 6ft 11s 7mph 17:00 5ft 11s 15mph Tide times High 4:27am (1.78m) Low 10:34am (0.44m) High 4:38pm (1.69m) Low 10:38pm (0.41m) Daylight First light 06:04 Sunrise 06:29 Sunset 19:28 Dark 19:54
Wed 26/02 »
Surf report for Wed 26/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 11s 12mph 11:00 5ft 11s 15mph 17:00 6ft 14s 21mph Tide times High 4:54am (1.77m) Low 11:00am (0.45m) High 5:05pm (1.66m) Low 11:05pm (0.45m) Daylight First light 06:05 Sunrise 06:30 Sunset 19:27 Dark 19:52
Thu 27/02 »
Surf report for Thu 27/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 11ft 17s 26mph 11:00 12ft 15s 30mph 17:00 12ft 14s 34mph Tide times High 5:21am (1.74m) Low 11:28am (0.49m) High 5:33pm (1.61m) Low 11:31pm (0.50m) Daylight First light 06:06 Sunrise 06:31 Sunset 19:26 Dark 19:51
Fri 28/02 »
Surf report for Fri 28/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 14ft 9s 41mph 11:00 13ft 10s 35mph 20:00 12ft 10s 39mph Tide times High 5:48am (1.68m) Low 11:57am (0.54m) High 6:02pm (1.55m) Low 11:59pm (0.57m) Daylight First light 06:07 Sunrise 06:32 Sunset 19:24 Dark 19:50
Sat 29/02 »
Surf report for Sat 29/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 8:00 10ft 10s 26mph 14:00 7ft 10s 20mph 20:00 7ft 9s 22mph Tide times High 6:17am (1.62m) Low 12:29pm (0.60m) High 6:35pm (1.46m) Daylight First light 06:07 Sunrise 06:33 Sunset 19:23 Dark 19:49