Sandy Bay

Sandy Bay Beach Cape Town
Photo: © Gary Bembridge / CC BY
Sandy Bay nudist beach

One of Cape Town's most inacessible beaches it is not entirely surprising that Sandy Bay is also Cape Town's only recognised naturist beach (although it is still unofficial). The beach is located just around the corner from upmarket Llandudno at the base of the rugged peaks of the Twelve Apostles mountains. 

Like neighbouring Llandudno, Sandy Bay is a pretty stretch of white sand strewn with huge slabs of granite. The numerous rocky outcrops here serve to divide the beach up into a number of little coves and provide and added element of privacy.

Unlike its posh neighbour you could not really say Sandy Bay was a family beach with nothing in way of amenities and something of a seedy reputation. Over the years there have been a few unsavoury incidents at the beach and it is best to avoid some areas of the beach (which should be fairly self-evident).

If skinny dipping isn't your thing (and clothes, or lack thereof, are fully optional) Sandy Bay is still a lovely spot to chill out. There is even a pretty good surf spot here .

As mentioned this isn't the easiest beach to get to - there are two ways. You can clamber over the rocks from the car park at the southern end of Llandudno or take a 20-minute walk from the car park at the northern end of Hout Bay. However, these car parks are on the small side so plan on getting there early if you need a space.

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Sandy Bay Weather Info

5 Day Sandy Bay UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Sandy Bay tide times & sea state

Mon 22/04 »

Surf report for Mon 22/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 8s  °  ° 33mph
11:00 9ft 8s  °  ° 31mph
17:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 33mph
Tide times
High 5:01am (1.80m)
Low 11:14am (0.36m)
High 5:25pm (1.68m)
Low 11:25pm (0.49m)
Daylight
First light06:48
Sunrise07:13
Sunset18:17
Dark18:42

Tue 23/04 »

Surf report for Tue 23/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 9s  °  ° 33mph
11:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 30mph
17:00 9ft 9s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
High 5:37am (1.67m)
Low 11:49am (0.48m)
High 6:04pm (1.57m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:14
Sunset18:15
Dark18:41

Wed 24/04 »

Surf report for Wed 24/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 8ft 14s  °  ° 26mph
11:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 21mph
17:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
Low 12:03am (0.61m)
High 6:16am (1.53m)
Low 12:26pm (0.60m)
High 6:47pm (1.46m)
Daylight
First light06:49
Sunrise07:15
Sunset18:14
Dark18:40

Thu 25/04 »

Surf report for Thu 25/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
11:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 3mph
17:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Low 12:48am (0.73m)
High 7:00am (1.39m)
Low 1:12pm (0.72m)
High 7:42pm (1.36m)
Daylight
First light06:50
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:13
Dark18:39

Fri 26/04 »

Surf report for Fri 26/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 5ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 13mph
17:00 10ft 14s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
Low 1:53am (0.84m)
High 8:00am (1.27m)
Low 2:22pm (0.82m)
High 9:04pm (1.29m)
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:12
Dark18:38

Sat 27/04 »

Surf report for Sat 27/04
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 10ft 13s  °  ° 26mph
20:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 3:43am (0.89m)
High 9:41am (1.20m)
Low 4:07pm (0.85m)
High 10:47pm (1.30m)
Daylight
First light06:51
Sunrise07:17
Sunset18:11
Dark18:37

Today's weather

Clear sky

18 °C
(64 °F)

Fresh breeze, 36.4 km/h from SSE

Sea temperature

18.3°C / 65°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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