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Self-Catering, Vacation & Holiday Rental Apartments in Clifton/Clifton Beach, Cape Town, South Africa

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Clifton 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. 
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Clifton Bay and Beach, Cape Town, South AfricaThis 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's best beaches by region.

Clifton 4th 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 at number 8 in the Top 10 Topless beaches in the World.

4 Clifton Court 4 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. 
Odyssea Clifton Odyssea 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. 
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4th Beach, Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa   by D.Tolken

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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, it's true!

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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.
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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 for directions.

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 unattended.

Be prepared for brain freeze when cooling off in the water, it's really cold!!

Please leave the beach clean!

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