As Capetonians know all too well, the ocean is not always as it seems. From sandy shores, one looks out over glistening big blues. With the sun beating down on your back, you think you can simply leap towards the ocean and launch yourself in but quickly discover from just one toe in that it is FLIPPING FREEZING. Not special if you are less brave but mind blowing if you are more so. Surfers let very little stand between them and getting some waves in but even they will tell you that it’s not ideal out there. Fortunately however, just around the curve of the shoreline, there is a stretch of beach known as Muizenberg.
Muizenberg has a laid-back old town feel and it’s quite hard to believe that it is only several minutes from the trendy beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard. It boasts warmer water so is also one of Cape Town’s nicest swimming beaches, a great surfing community and really comes alive in season, when holiday-makers crowd the streets. It is also a great place for bodyboarders and novices to surfing as waves are not too intimidating.
If you have never been to Muizenberg, now is the time to add it to your bucket list. On driving the coast line, you may find it by looking out for its infamous brightly coloured beach huts.