About Maclear Beach

Maclear Beach is a small sandy beach approximately 200-meters in length and located a short walk north from the Cape of Good Hope lookout point. You will need to walk down following the short, Fynbos overgrown pathways to get there, but it’s well worth a visit.

Maclear's Beach is a small desolated beach within the Cape Point Reserve
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The fact that this beach is lesser known and a relatively long drive away from Cape Town’s more popular beaches, makes it an absolute gem. Many regard Maclear Beach as one of the top 5 secret beaches in Cape Town and if you are looking for a peaceful beach to sunbath, take spectacular photos and get your feet wet, Maclear Beach is ideal.

At high-tide much of the beach is covered by water, so it’s best to visit at low-tide, which also presents the opportunity to explore the many rock pools.

The beach is also popular with Fishermen, but the correct permits are required. Keep in mind that Maclear Beach is part of a National Conservation Area and that both plant’s and animal life are protected and enforcement officers are around, even if you don’t see them.

On occasion, the beach does endure a quick influx of tourists who make their way down to the sandy shore, from the lookout point above, for a quick photo opportunity, but most prefer to take distant photos from above.

Beach Features

  • Sandy Shore
  • Rock Pools
  • Secluded

Beach Activities

  • Sunbathing
  • Swimming (more getting your feet wet)
  • Exploring Rockpools
  • Fishing (only with permits)
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Additional Information

More about Maclear Beach to come…

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