Clifton is an exclusive residential suburb in Cape Town and is home to some of the most expensive real estate in South Africa and features dwellings nestled on cliffs with panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean. Clifton is seen as a trendy area and is a favourite tourist destination both locally and internationally.
Clifton has four beaches, which are named from 1st to 4th. The beaches are separated by huge granite boulders and have soft white granitic sand with calm, turquoise water. Clifton’s beaches are well protected from the wind by the Lion’s Head mountain, which makes it very popular with bathers. A fifth beach called Moses Beach, appears and disappears as the sand is washed in and out with the seasons. The beaches are at their widest in late summer, allowing for easy pedestrian movement along the waterline, from beach to beach.
Although the water is chilly, Clifton plays host to a variety of water sports with surfing being the most popular. The strongest surf is at First beach, diminishing to Fourth beach where it is the weakest. Fourth beach is the most populated and glamorous of Clifton’s beaches. Clifton’s fourth beach has also been awarded Blue Flag status for high standards of safety and protection of the environment.