Bathing houses at Muizenberg © Glassbottle
A historical beach-side suburb on the False Bay coast, Muizenberg is popular with families for its long, gentle-sloping beach, warm water (by Cape Town standards), beautiful views, and activities such as mini-golf and waterslides. The beach is famous for its row of colourful changing houses and is a photo favourite from the mountain road far above. Muizenberg beach has also long been the best place in Cape Town for beginner surfers to learn and enjoy the waves on a long friendly beach break which is less daunting and competitive than Cape Town's other surf spots. Several popular surf schools have been established at Surfers Corner at Muizenberg and there are a few fun cafes and restaurants in the corner to replenish surfers. False Bay is known for its Great White Shark population, but a shark watch service is in operation to give warning to bathers and surfers; visitors should take note of the flag and siren system which is clearly explained on signposts. A scenic walkway below the railway line links Muizenberg to the next seaside village of St James which has a lovely tidal pool. The delightful fishing village of Kalk Bay is a few minutes' drive away with its protected harbour, and its main street lined with fascinating antique and art shops, as well as cafes and restaurants.
Transport: The train line between Cape Town's centre and Simonstown runs through Muizenberg