Clifton Beach is a popular seafront, in the affluent suburb of Clifton, in the west of Cape Town, South Africa. The stunning beaches of the coves here make it a much sought-after location. Understandably, it is home to many superbly fitted holiday apartments and flats, for those looking for self catering rental accommodation. Cape Town itself is the second most populated city in the country and is the capital of the Western Cape. It lies beneath the world-famous Table Mountain, which rears dramatically above the Atlantic seaboard, providing a wonderful back-drop to this cosmopolitan city.
The focus of attention, for most visitors to this part of Cape Town, is inevitably the sea. There are four beaches here, where the sands are a glimmering white and which are well sheltered by small coves – this means the strong south-easterly wind fails to bite. Each of the four beaches are suited for different activities, which range from surfing, to volleyball, to sunbathing, to simply strolling, to see and be seen. Off of the beach, Cape Town has much to offer the visitor - a vibrant night scene, fantastic shopping opportunities and theme parks for the kids. It is also a great place for extreme sports fans: deep sea fishing, abseiling, scuba diving and caving are all great fun activities to be found on your holidays in Clifton Beach.
A must-see for any traveller to Clifton Beach is Table Mountain itself. This is probably one of South Africa's most famous landmarks and dominates the skyline from just about any point in Cape Town. You can get up close to the mountain by taking the Cableway and enjoy the spectacular views from its 1000m height. Another natural wonder to be taken in, on your holidays in Clifton Beach, are the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens. These are classed as one of the finest in the world - it is home to more than 8500 indigenous plants and some lovely picnic trails. Many visitors are also keen to see Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned - this is now an historic landmark to the triumph of a just civil society over the injustices of apartheid.
The climate of Clifton Beach and Cape Town is classed as Mediterranean, which translates into hot dry summers, and mild wet winters. Of course, in the southern hemisphere, summer runs from November to March, when temperatures average a high of around 26°C. The winter months of July to August see temperatures knocked back to a still respectable average of 17-18°C. Rainfall is generally low, at 20 inches annually and primarily focussed in the winter.
Flying to Cape Town International Airport (CPT) is the only real option for getting to your accommodation in Clifton Beach. The airport is only 10 miles or so from the city centre. There are three main airlines that offer flights to this airport: British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and South African Airways and these will tend to depart from London Heathrow (LHR).