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

Sat 14/12 »

Surf report for Sat 14/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 11mph
11:00 9ft 14s  °  ° 23mph
17:00 10ft 14s  °  ° 25mph
Tide times
High 5:10am (1.73m)
Low 11:14am (0.50m)
High 5:21pm (1.68m)
Low 11:34pm (0.41m)
Daylight
First light05:00
Sunrise05:29
Sunset19:53
Dark20:22

Sun 15/12 »

Surf report for Sun 15/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 12ft 13s  °  ° 20mph
11:00 11ft 13s  °  ° 14mph
17:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 15mph
Tide times
High 5:56am (1.69m)
Low 12:05pm (0.55m)
High 6:11pm (1.59m)
Daylight
First light05:00
Sunrise05:29
Sunset19:53
Dark20:22

Mon 16/12 »

Surf report for Mon 16/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 21mph
11:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 21mph
17:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 12:23am (0.50m)
High 6:48am (1.64m)
Low 1:07pm (0.61m)
High 7:10pm (1.49m)
Daylight
First light05:00
Sunrise05:29
Sunset19:54
Dark20:23

Tue 17/12 »

Surf report for Tue 17/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 12mph
11:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
17:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 1:23am (0.59m)
High 7:50am (1.59m)
Low 2:22pm (0.66m)
High 8:22pm (1.42m)
Daylight
First light05:01
Sunrise05:30
Sunset19:55
Dark20:24

Wed 18/12 »

Surf report for Wed 18/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 12ft 19s  °  ° 32mph
11:00 13ft 18s  °  ° 24mph
17:00 13ft 17s  °  ° 24mph
Tide times
Low 2:36am (0.66m)
High 9:03am (1.56m)
Low 3:46pm (0.65m)
High 9:46pm (1.39m)
Daylight
First light05:01
Sunrise05:30
Sunset19:55
Dark20:24

Thu 19/12 »

Surf report for Thu 19/12
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
5:00 14ft 15s  °  ° 17mph
11:00 14ft 15s  °  ° 23mph
17:00 14ft 15s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
Low 3:58am (0.68m)
High 10:21am (1.57m)
Low 5:04pm (0.60m)
High 11:08pm (1.42m)
Daylight
First light05:01
Sunrise05:30
Sunset19:56
Dark20:25

Today's weather

Light rain showers

16 °C
(60 °F)

Light breeze, 10.4 km/h from W

Sea temperature

17.6°C / 63.7°F

Rating

Average: 3 (1 vote)

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