& Accommodation Guide to South Africa
Vacation & Holiday Rental Apartments in Clifton/Clifton Beach, Cape
Town, South Africa
SELF-CATERING APARTMENTS, CAPE TOWN, WESTERN CAPE, SOUTH AFRICA
is a suburb of Cape Town, South Africa. It is an exclusive residential
area and is home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa,
with dwellings nestled on cliffs that have sweeping views of the Atlantic
Ocean. The area has a set of 4 beaches which are frequently used
destinations for both locals and tourists. The beaches, which are named
from 1st to 4th, are separated by falls of granite boulders and have almost
pure white granitic sand. The four beaches of Clifton are well protected
from the notorious south-easterly wind. A fifth beach, before First Beach,
called Moses, appears and disappears as the sand is washed in and out with
the seasons. The water, although chilly (12–16 °C), plays host to many
watersports, mostly surfing, both board and body. The strongest surf is
at First, diminishing to Fourth, where it is the weakest.
Map of Clifton
results in First and Second beaches being the home of the social set, Fourth
where families with children gravitate, and yachts anchor offshore during
the summer. Clifton Beach was noted as one of Discovery.com's best beaches
beach has also been awarded the Blue Flag award in recognition of its
environmental, safety and tourist standards. The small size of many
houses on the Clifton beaches finds its origin in the fact that these houses
were built by the City of Cape Town for returning soldiers who fought in
World War I. Narrow flights of stairs run between Victoria Road and the
various beaches. These houses now fetch very high prices on the housing
market, despite being only able to be reached by stairs. Clifton
was rated as one of the Top Ten Beaches by the satellite television network
Discovery Travel Channel in 2003 and 2004 and has received Blue Flag status.
In 2005 and 2006 it was rated by Forbes.com at number 8 in the Top 10 Topless
beaches in the World.
browsing accommodation in Clifton
Clifton Court, Luxury 3 bedroom Self-Catering Apartment, CLIFTON
This luxurious 3 bedroom
apartment boasts 180 degree views of the Clifton beaches and is only a
two-minute walk away from Clifton’s Second Beach. The main bedroom leads
out onto the balcony. The kitchen, dining room and lounge are open-plan
with spectacular views of the ocean. The kitchen is fully-equipped with
a fridge, freezer, microwave, washing machine, dishwasher, coffee machine
and all cooking utensils. There is a sheltered courtyard behind the kitchen
with a table, chairs and a braai (BBQ). Enjoy a lavish stay in a setting
that will leave you awestruck.
Clifton, Self-Catering Apartments, CLIFTON
Set in Cape Town, Odyssea
Clifton is 1.9 km from Sea Point Pavilion Swimming. Table Mountain is 3.3
km away. All units feature a seating and dining area. There is also a kitchen,
equipped with a dishwasher and oven. A microwave and toaster are also available,
as well as a kettle. Every unit has a private bathroom with free toiletries
and a hair dryer. Towels are offered. Odyssea Clifton also includes an
outdoor pool. Long Street is 3.6 km from Odyssea Clifton, while V&A
Waterfront is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Cape Town
International Airport, 21 km from the property.
Beach, Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa by D.Tolken
|Cape Town's most famous
beach, with International blue flag status (one of the best rated beaches
in the world) has become a mega tourist attraction and is packed on just
about any sunny day during the summer season (October - March).
The reason for 4th Beach's
popularity is its location. The surrounding suburb of Clifton actually
acts like a shield against the prevailing South-East wind in summer. This
means that you can enjoy calm wind free sun bathing on most days.
Another reason of course
is the beautiful Cape Town people. Cape Town has about 4 women for each
man. This is of course one of Cape Town's great legends, but I must confess,
Due to Cape Town being South
Africa's fashion capitol, each summer sees an influx of models from all
over the world. Many of them are based on the Atlantic seaboard (Camps
Bay, Clifton and Llandudno) due to the sheer beauty of the scenery.
That accounts for the 4 to 1 ratio in Cape Town...and in turn, it also
brings them to 4th Beach.
|There are actually also
3rd, 2nd and 1st beaches at Clifton, which are popular among gay and more
family oriented visitors that doesn't have the pre-birth bodily figures
any more. You can move from one beach to the other if you're willing to
negotiate the rocky paths between beaches. Camps Bay beach is also about
5 minutes away by car and has its own following. There are some great sundowner
spots within walking distance, like La Med. Just ask anyone on the beach
Some beach going tips:
Come early! Parking becomes
a problem after 10:30 in the morning.
Bring loads of sun screen
(factor 30+ for block and factor 8 to 15 for tanning). There are umbrellas
and deck chairs available for rent as well as stalls with refreshments.
Never leave your valuables
Be prepared for brain freeze
when cooling off in the water, it's really cold!!
Please leave the beach clean!
|About the Author: D Tolken
runs capetown.blogsome.com, an on the street guide to Cape Town tourism
with information on where to play and where to stay.