South Africa is a surfer’s paradise and surfing in Cape Town is something everyone should try, even if you’re visiting for a short time! Blessed with a scenic coastline, bays, and inlets with wide-ranging types of waves (gentle to the monstrous 6’2 peaks).
Surfing is a religion here in South Africa – it’s a part of the lifestyle. At the beach, you will see surfers of all shapes, forms, and ages. And because surfing is essentially a way of living, and for anyone who’s experienced the excitement (or “stoke”) of catching waves, you’ll know that it’s fairly addictive. The good news is that there’s no snobbery – the locals are more than keen to spread the joys of surfing by teaching or giving words of encouragement!
Surfing in Cape Town, a few Beginner Friendly Options
1. Muizenberg, best beginner spot!
For beginners, make your way to Muizenberg, the coastal city that hugs False Bay and is well-known for being “the” spot for new learners. I decided to base myself out of Muizenberg because of 2 reasons: 1) I was hooked after catching my first wave in Ghana (I semi-stood up for a split second, but still, it was exhilarating) and 2) I wanted to wake up to the beach every day if possible (without paying exorbitant sums like you would in Cape Town. Muizenberg seemed like a very down-to-earth, calming, and relaxed place, and many locals I’ve met wandered why I didn’t end my trip here instead of starting it here (See reason #1)
As you advance, there are other spots to surf (including the famous Jeffries Bay), and plenty of tour companies in Cape Town can organize “surf tours” which will take you to various surfing spots around South Africa.
Muizenberg is a quiet town, about 20-30 minutes drive from the city centre/Cape Town. It’s not too hard to get down here as there are trains (Although some discourage taking public transportations due to safety reasons), and Uber to take you down here if you are based in the city. It’s about ~R190-225 using Uber or ~R300 (fixed fare) with a taxi.
2. Kommetjie Long Beach intermediate and advanced surfers
For intermediate surfers who are ready to go to the next-level surfing surfing, head over to Kommetjie. The stronger waves here are ideal for those ready to step it up and also for bodyboarders and longboarders. The waves break in both directions so it makes for an ideal though more challenging breaks for those who are up for the challenge! That said, this spot is a favourite for advanced surfers and surfing etiquette is rigidly observed here as there tends to be more advanced surfers in and around this area.
3. Bloubergstrand Big Bay Beach for more intermediate surfers
Another spot around 30 minutes away from the city centre is Big Bay Beach in Bloubergstrand, famous for its postcard-worthy view of the Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak and Lion’s Head. Given how close it is, there’s also option to join a mobile surfing class which will scout out the best surfing conditions during the day making this another popular spot.
This spot is great for all-year round surfing, great for beginner ready to take it to the next level and intermediate surfers alike. The wind makes this spot perfect for those who love kitesurfing and tends to be much colder. This spot is usually quiet during the day and picks up during the weekend.
4. Llandudno Beach for advanced surfers
Another spot that you you want to take a look is the suburbia beach Llandudno – it’s a little further out than the other beaches meaning it’s quieter. I’ve heard of some big swells in this area so it’s likely best for more intermediate to advanced surfers.
Where to Stay in Cape Town
Budget // Cape Town
A centrally-located boutique hostel with bunk bed to single-bed options near Greenmarket SquareBook Here
Budget // Cape Town
Another popular hostel located in Green Point with their in-house adventure tours/trips a short distance from V&A WaterfrontBook Here
Budget // Cape Town
Located on the vibrant Kloof Street, with the Table Mountain in your backyard and its own bar and bunk/twin/double bed options
Comfort // Cape Town
Spacious, stylish and modern with a panoramic view of the Table Mountain, this is comfortable hotel for the familyBook Here
Luxury // Cape Town
For an ultra-luxurious stay, consider this island resort-inspired hotel which features its own infinity pool and is walking distance from main tourist sitesBook Here
Luxury // Camps Bay
The ocean-front hotel based in Camps Bay offers stunning views of the Twelve Apostles and its very own rock pools. There is free transfers to V&A Waterfront
Where to Next
- Kruger National Park is the premiere spot for safari in South Africa and here’s how you can do an African safari on a budget!
- If you’re looking to explore all of South Africa, consider taking the BazBus – a hop-on-hop-off cross country bus!
- Here’s how much it costs to go to South Africa as a solo traveller
- Stay connected and get a SIM Card and consider taking rideshare like Uber/Bolt to get around
- Don’t forget to plan a day for hiking Table Mountain and Lion’s Head!