About Queens Beach

Queens Beach in Sea Point on the Cape Town, Atlantic Seaboard, is one of the more popular beaches for those wanting to avoid the busier and more prominent beaches along the Sea Point Promenade. This beach is ideal for sunbathers and is usually frequented by singles or groups of adults than families with kids.

Queens Beach, located in Sea Point, Cape Town
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Queens Beach can be found to the South of the Sea Point Pavilion situated between Sunset Beach and Saunders Rock’s Beach. When driving along Beach road towards Camps Bay, Queens Beach is adjacent to the traffic circle that heads uphill via Queens Road to Bantry Bay.

Since most of the traffic heads uphill, this extension of Beach Road sees little traffic.

Parking can be found at the traffic circle or at the official Queens Beach Parking Lot, a little past the traffic circle, on the extended section of Beach Road. Beach Road terminates in a dead-end (cul-de-sac) where it joins with Seacliff Road*, a little after Saunders Rock’s Beach.

  • Note: Be aware that while the Map shows Beach Road joining with Seacliff Road, Seacliff Road is a One-Way street in the opposite direction and you cannot access Victoria Road via this route.

It is mentioned that Queens Beach is frequented more by Adults than families with kids, but this isn’t always the case. The fact that swimming is safe due a shallow gully between the rocks and the many rock pools, it does sometimes get pretty busy with kids swimming and exploring, although most families tend to go to Saunders Rock Beach or further along the Atlantic Seaboard coastline to Clifton or Camps Bay.

Due to the rocky coastline the Queen’s Beach comprises mostly of broken shells, with very little sand and it can be quite hard on ones feet. While it is manageable, it is preferable to wear slip-slops or reef shoes to protect your feet.

Note: Be vigilant as Sea Point does attract a bad element and opportunists will seize the opportunity to remove anything left lying unattended. Also, do not wonder the beach alone, especially during low-light or when there are only a few people around. Make sure valuables on your person or in you vehicle are kept out of sight. If possible, try find parking along the busier streets.

Beach Features

  • 2x Parking Areas + Street Parking
  • Public Toilet Facilities

Beach Activities

  • Sunbathing
  • Safe Swimming (No Lifeguards)
  • Rock Pools
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Additional Information

Queens Beach is named after the Queens Hotel that was built nearby in the late 1800’s. The rock outcrops on the south-west border of this beach (between Queens Beach and Saunders Rock’s Beach) also have significant geological interest, where there was an upheaval of the earth’s surface many aeons ago.

This area is know as the ‘Sea Point Contact‘ and walking along the rocks here you can physically notice the different rock formations or rock types created by the molten lava that mixed with the local granite rocks.

There is a plague in the Queens Beach parking lot that explains this phenomenon, for those that are interested.

Source: https://www.capetown.gov.za/

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