The beaches which I frequent permanently in summer are: Clifton, Camps Bay, Llandudno, Hout Bay, and Noordhoek. The protected Clifton beaches offer the best option for sheltered sunbathing when Cape Town’s southwesterly wind is howling. On the Indian Ocean side or eastern coast you’ll find flat, wide beaches that are ideal for family outings, swimming and surfing. Most beaches here are preferred by the locals and are manned by lifeguards, which makes them relatively safe. Muizenberg, St James tidal pool and beach, Fish Hoek, Simon’s Town’s Long Beach, and Boulders Beach.