The Beach Guide


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 Back in those days Muizenberg was Cape Town’s number one beach, however now-a-days it has been replaced by the likes of Clifton and Camps Bay as the place to be seen.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)

Clear sky

(Clear sky)
16°C / 61°F

Sea temperature
Wind S
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:12
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Mon 24th
Clear sky 29°C / 84°F S

6 mph
10 km/h

Tue 25th
Clear sky 32°C / 90°F WNW

9 mph
14 km/h

Wed 26th
Clear sky 26°C / 79°F S

15 mph
23 km/h

Thu 27th
Fair 22°C / 72°F SSE

28 mph
46 km/h

Fri 28th
Clear sky 29°C / 84°F SE

16 mph
26 km/h

Sat 29th
Clear sky 32°C / 90°F S

9 mph
14 km/h

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

  • 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)
    First light06:03
  • 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)
    First light06:04
  • 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)
    First light06:05
  • 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)
    First light06:06
  • 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)
    First light06:07
  • 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)
    First light06:07

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