The Beach Guide

Sandy Bay

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)

Cloudy

(Cloudy)
19°C / 66°F

Sea temperature
18.7°C
65.6°F
Wind SSE
Rain 0.0mm
Sunrise 07:11
Sunset 19:14
Current weather

Week weather forecast

Wed 26th
Clear sky 25°C / 77°F SSE

13 mph
21 km/h

Thu 27th
Clear sky 20°C / 68°F SSE

24 mph
39 km/h

Fri 28th
Partly cloudy 27°C / 81°F SE

17 mph
28 km/h

Sat 29th
Partly cloudy 31°C / 88°F SSE

11 mph
17 km/h

Sun 01st
Clear sky 30°C / 86°F SW

8 mph
12 km/h

Mon 02nd
Partly cloudy 25°C / 77°F S

21 mph
34 km/h

5 Day Sandy Bay 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

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 light06:05
    Sunrise06:31
    Sunset19:27
    Dark19:53
  • 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 light06:06
    Sunrise06:32
    Sunset19:26
    Dark19:52
  • 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 light06:07
    Sunrise06:33
    Sunset19:25
    Dark19:50
  • 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 light06:08
    Sunrise06:33
    Sunset19:24
    Dark19:49
  • 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 light06:09
    Sunrise06:34
    Sunset19:22
    Dark19:48
  • 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 light06:10
    Sunrise06:35
    Sunset19:21
    Dark19:47

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