About Bikini Beach
Bikini Beach in Gordon’s Bay (Kogelberg Coast) was once nothing more than a rocky shoreline but today it’s rated as one of the top beaches in Cape Town and currently has Blue Flag status. It is a small clean beach located to the left (South West) of Gordon’s Bay Harbour.
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Bikini Beach is well protected from the wind being wrapped by the coastline and protected by the harbour wall, which is also the reason for it’s existence.
Before the harbour was built, Bikini Beach was nothing but a rocky outcrop; the harbour wall being responsible for changing the flow of the current and resulting in sand being deposited in this location thus forming the beach.
There is public parking along Beach Road, but this is very limited and can fill up quickly due to the beaches popularity and the lack of parking for the adjacent residences and holiday homes.
Other facilities include a small ablution block that is well maintained and clean and a lifeguard facility that is manned during busier periods. These can be found towards the harbour side of the beach close to the road.
Bikini Beach is great for sunbathing and swimming, but the drop-off to deeper water happens pretty quickly. Depending on the tides, waves can be ‘dumpers’ due to the quick drop-off, so young children should be supervised.
Bikini Beach is quite popular with Surfers who take advantage of the bigger waves or left-hand break along the harbour wall, while their entourage enjoy socialising and sunbathing on the beach.