Clifton lies west of Table Mountain and is thus protected from the winds that can blow across Cape Town. It boasts some of South Africa’s most expensive real estate and immaculate private beaches – making for a truly luxurious traveller’s experience.
The upmarket Cape Town suburb called Clifton is a paradise of secluded beaches between granite boulders. It lies between Sea Point and Camps Bay, two of Cape Town’s most renowned locations, and is only ten minutes away from the city centre, making it an ideal place to visit. Clifton has a reputation for being the gathering place of the trendy and glamorous. You’ll soon see why as you walk along its 4 immaculate beaches of white sands and glistening waters, paired with an incredible fynbos-mountain backdrop.
Go to the popular Clifton 4th to experience a Blue Flag beach paradise.
Visit the neighbouring Camps Bay district for a lively bar and restaurant scene.
Set sail from the V&A Waterfront and head up to Clifton for beautiful, unobstructed scenery.
Relax and listen to the waves while getting a professional massage on the beach.
Try paddleboarding on the crystal-clear waters of a beautiful coastline sheltered from the wind.
Climb the nearby Lion’s Head for stunning views of the Clifton suburb from above.
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Best time to go to Clifton
The best time to visit Clifton is from October to April when sun-seekers can enjoy lovely warm days with extended daylight hours. These hot summer days are ideal for swimming in the chilly waters and lazing on the beach, especially since Clifton beaches are protected from the wind. The hottest months are December and January, and so it’s also peak time for the Clifton area.
Featured Clifton stays
21 Nettleton Boutique Hotel & Private Residence
An exclusive clifftop mansion with bespoke style overlooking Cape Town’s Clifton beaches