Muizenberg beach, situated east to the False Bay coast of Cape Town might not have the tropical turqoise water of Camps Bay or Llandudno, but the water is warm and calm which makes it perfect for novice surfers and young children. Muizenberg beach is well known for it’s bright colourful Victorian Beach Houses and makes for the perfect photo opportunity. The fun thing about Muizenberg beach is that it’s safe for kids to play and swim as the water is quite calm and there is a big stretch of white sandy beaches. You will find surf schools all over Muizenberg offering surfing lessons to all kinds of age groups. You will find young children on surfing lessons and older people who would just like to learn how to surf. The surfing lessons in Muizenberg are very affordable and you do not have to worry about buying a wetsuit or surfboard in order to go for surfing lessons. The surf schools there will provide you with all the necessary wetsuits and surfboards to make your lessons as enjoyable as possible.
There is also an abundance of restaurants, coffee shops, surf shops and ice cream parlours. So whatever you and the family feel like, it will be right on the edge of the beach. Muizenberg was once the premier swimming beach of Cape Town and really comes alive in summer with loads of surfers, families with kids and dogs.
The water at Muizenberg beach is perfect for body boarders, should they not want to attempt surfing there. You will find alot of fathers with their young kids in the water body boarding in between the surfers. This beach can become very crowded with surfers, paddle boarders, body borders and just normal swimmers and should you decide to go there, you will need to know that you’ll have to be patient as this is a very popular beach in Cape Town.
People from all over Cape Town come to Muizenberg for the warmer and calmer water.
But Muizenberg is not only known for it’s lovely beach, but it also has history to it. Behind the beach, the historic town of Muizenberg boasts the oldest building on the False Bay coast – Het Posthuys in Main Road, dating to the 1600s. Nearby, the public is invited to visit the Battle of Muizenberg site, where the British captured the Dutch colony in 1795 – a significant marker in the history of Cape Town and South Africa.
Other heritage attractions in the area include Rhodes Cottage, the house overlooking False Bay where mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes lived and died in 1902 (246 Main Rd, Muizenberg; +27 21 788 1816), and which presents displays on this larger-than-life icon.
It is also worth having a look at the Edwardian-era Muizenberg Railway Station (177 Main Rd, Muizenberg). The train journey, know as “The Southern Line”, from Cape Town to Simon’s Town is highly recommended. Find out more information by contacting the Cape Town Tourism Muizenberg Visitor Information Centre or the Muizenberg Historical Society (+ 27 21 788 5542) for more historical information on the area.
Some of the brightly colourful Victorian Beach Houses
These beach houses are situated by a little play area for kids. Kids love this area as they can climb and slide and do monkey bars and play in the sand.
Old school bicycle on the beach
More colourful Victorian Beach Houses to be found along Muizenberg beach
You will find quite a lot of people on SUP’s as well, or more commonly known as paddle boarders. The warm water and small waves are perfect for paddle boarding, so if you would like to make a change from surfing, this is perfect at Muizenberg beach.
Beatiful views of the mountain by Fishhoek.
Seagulls eating clams and basically anything they can find on the beach
Some kids after their surfing lesson. They had a lot of fun and the surfing instructors are very patient with even the youngest of surfers.
Little surfer who is not a novice any more. Will most likely surf a lot better than me.
Even surfski’s can be found at Muizenberg Beach.
Some of the surfers
Two surfers who took part in a surfing competition. The waves were quite small on the day, but they seemed confident in their skills.
Another paddle boarder