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
Current weather (Wed Feb 26th 08:00)
19°C / 66°F
Week weather forecast
Wed 26th25°C / 77°F
Thu 27th20°C / 68°F
Fri 28th27°C / 81°F
Sat 29th31°C / 88°F
Sun 01st30°C / 86°F
Mon 02nd25°C / 77°F
5 Day Sandy Bay UV Index
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Average Water Temp
Sandy Bay tide times & sea state
Wed 26/02 »
Surf report for Wed 26/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 5ft 11s 10mph 11:00 5ft 12s 11mph 17:00 6ft 14s 16mph 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 06:31 Sunset 19:27 Dark 19:53
Thu 27/02 »
Surf report for Thu 27/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 10ft 16s 22mph 11:00 11ft 15s 25mph 17:00 11ft 14s 30mph 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 06:32 Sunset 19:26 Dark 19:52
Fri 28/02 »
Surf report for Fri 28/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 13ft 10s 39mph 11:00 13ft 9s 38mph 17:00 13ft 9s 42mph 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 06:33 Sunset 19:25 Dark 19:50
Sat 29/02 »
Surf report for Sat 29/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 13ft 9s 38mph 11:00 11ft 10s 28mph 17:00 10ft 9s 33mph Tide times High 6:17am (1.62m) Low 12:29pm (0.60m) High 6:35pm (1.46m) Daylight First light 06:08 Sunrise 06:33 Sunset 19:24 Dark 19:49
Sun 01/03 »
Surf report for Sun 01/03 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 9ft 9s 28mph 11:00 7ft 10s 19mph 17:00 7ft 9s 28mph Tide times Low 12:31am (0.66m) High 6:51am (1.54m) Low 1:09pm (0.68m) High 7:16pm (1.38m) Daylight First light 06:09 Sunrise 06:34 Sunset 19:22 Dark 19:48
Mon 02/03 »
Surf report for Mon 02/03 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 5:00 7ft 11s 24mph 11:00 6ft 14s 22mph 17:00 7ft 13s 27mph Tide times Low 1:12am (0.75m) High 7:37am (1.45m) Low 2:06pm (0.76m) High 8:17pm (1.29m) Daylight First light 06:10 Sunrise 06:35 Sunset 19:21 Dark 19:47