A few blogfriends have asked me to write about where I live. Well it is a place of…….
Sparkling waters, white sands and a small, elite community of beach houses, apartments and mansions nestled in the lush amphitheatre of Table Mountain; this is Clifton, Cape Town, South Africa – One of the most beautiful place and which boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
Clifton is considered a diamond among all the jewellery that Cape Town offers. A place to relax, soak up the sun and gaze across the crystal waters. It is hard to believe that you are just minutes away from the centre of a major cosmopolitan city.
The beach-house area of Clifton has a long and gracious history. The architecture of the area is governed by the South African Heritage Resources Agency in order to maintain its atmosphere of a quiet albeit luxurious seaside retreat.
Many of the cottages and homes are set amongst leafy indigenous vegetation and fruit trees, and have beautiful views of yachts, pleasure cruisers, marine shipping, and marine life such as whales, dolphins, and seals, in the bay through shady trees and some homes, with a panoramic view from the sea up to the summit of Lion’s Head Mountain behind which gently embraces the Clifton community.
Stretched out below are the lively Clifton Beaches which are bound to seduce, they are probably among the most popular of all the Cape beaches.
There are four separate beaches at Clifton, divided by huge boulders and sheltered from the southerly winds by the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
These exclusive patches of sand adorned by bronzed bodies are considered among the most fashionable places to be seen. In the summer season they are frequented by an upmarket crowd of sun worshippers, who either stretch out lazily in the sun or participate in various beach sports.
Clifton’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd beaches are small, and hidden away from the road that passes along the top. Access to the first three of Clifton beaches is via steps winding down from the coastal road above. Parking is limited to the roadside as well as a small parking lot on the coast road.
Clifton’s Fourth beach is the largest most popular beach and the best choice for visitors as it offers ample parking and refreshments as well as the popular restaurant scene. Lifeguards and security are provided in the summer season on all the Clifton beaches.
The deep blue Atlantic sea is ever so inviting but for many bar the most enthusiastic swimmer, far too cold to swim in. That doesn’t concern Clifton beach goers however. Lounging about on the white sands, playing beach games and eyeing the jet skis and yachts moored offshore is usually the order of a hot summer’s day, and considered a popular pastime.
Clifton features some of the most exclusive real estate in South Africa; with properties ranging from beach cottages to luxury apartments and custom designed mansions, some of which are built into the mountainside, overlooking this popular part of the Cape coastline, blending in with the natural scenery.