Cape Town beaches are freakin’ cold on the west side in January which is at the height of their summer season.
When I was twenty something, I swam in the Arctic Ocean once. In fairness, back then there was whiskey involved and I was heartier. Llandudno beach, which is on the western shore, wasn’t as cold as the Arctic Ocean but I stepped into the water for a minute or so and my ankles went numb. It reminded me of that time I broke my leg and the physiotherapist would make me sit with my leg in this ice bath so when I say cold, I mean eff’ing cold guys.
I did not swim. I have no regrets. Should I return to Cape Town at some point in the future, I’ll put my faith in the shark spotters, (not a joke), and make my way to the Indian Ocean side of the peninsula for some warm water swimming.
My friend Tracy was braver. Her yoga poses were also better. Psh. Youth.
All that being said, the west side beaches are some of the most beautiful I’ve ever seen and if you’re visiting Cape Town, you need to check them out. The first few images are of the kite and wind surfers at Sunset Beach and the rest are all from Llandudno beach which happened to offer up a stunning sunset the evening we were there. Sadly, I didn’t have a long enough lens to shoot any of the surfing well so you’ll have to make due with the wide shots.
If the beach is your thing, you won’t be disappointed in the views. Enjoy!