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

Fri 18/10 »

Surf report for Fri 18/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 10ft 15s  °  ° 13mph
11:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 12mph
17:00 8ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 5:25am (1.58m)
Low 11:21am (0.54m)
High 5:35pm (1.61m)
Low 11:48pm (0.50m)
Daylight
First light05:37
Sunrise06:02
Sunset19:01
Dark19:27

Sat 19/10 »

Surf report for Sat 19/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 15s  °  ° 19mph
11:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 18mph
17:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
High 6:06am (1.50m)
Low 12:03pm (0.63m)
High 6:19pm (1.50m)
Daylight
First light05:35
Sunrise06:01
Sunset19:02
Dark19:27

Sun 20/10 »

Surf report for Sun 20/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 13mph
11:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
Low 12:35am (0.60m)
High 7:00am (1.42m)
Low 1:03pm (0.73m)
High 7:21pm (1.39m)
Daylight
First light05:34
Sunrise06:00
Sunset19:03
Dark19:28

Mon 21/10 »

Surf report for Mon 21/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 16mph
11:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 10mph
17:00 7ft 11s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
Low 1:46am (0.70m)
High 8:17am (1.36m)
Low 2:43pm (0.79m)
High 8:55pm (1.32m)
Daylight
First light05:33
Sunrise05:59
Sunset19:03
Dark19:29

Tue 22/10 »

Surf report for Tue 22/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 15mph
11:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 13mph
17:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 3:31am (0.74m)
High 9:59am (1.38m)
Low 4:38pm (0.73m)
High 10:44pm (1.35m)
Daylight
First light05:32
Sunrise05:57
Sunset19:04
Dark19:30

Wed 23/10 »

Surf report for Wed 23/10
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
8:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
17:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 5:07am (0.67m)
High 11:26am (1.49m)
Low 5:57pm (0.59m)
Daylight
First light05:30
Sunrise05:56
Sunset19:05
Dark19:31

Today's weather

Clear sky

18 °C
(64 °F)

Moderate breeze, 25.9 km/h from S

Sea temperature

16.8°C / 62.2°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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