About Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach is located on Cape Town’s lower West Coast Region bordering the suburb of Sunset Beach after which it is named. Sunset Beach is a long sandy beach with spectacular views of the sunset and Table Mountain. It is a relatively quiet beach, especially during the week and is mostly frequented by the local residents and kite boarding enthusiasts.

Sunset Beach located on Cape Town's lower West Coast
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Originally, Sunset Beach was considered to be the upper or northern part of Milnerton Beach, but with the newly established suburb of Sunset Beach being developed in the early/mid 1990’s (by my estimation) it was appropriately renamed to Sunset Beach.

This beach runs flat and uninterrupted extending from Milnerton Beach (Woodbridge Island) northwards until it meets with Dolphin Beach approximately 2.8Km away.

There are 5 small parking areas scattered between the upmarket homes of Sunset Beach, some of which include small walkways to aid access to the beach, but most of these walkways have been damaged by the elements.

With its extensive exposed shoreline, Sunset Beach is battered by the Cape winds, which is why its popular with the Kiteboarding Community and not that popular with regular beach goers. Other than the Kite Boarders, the beach is frequented mostly by the nearby residents, who enjoy bringing their dogs for long leisurely walks.

Beach Features

  • 5x Parking Areas
  • Relatively Easy Access
  • Long Sandy Beach

Beach Activities

  • Kite Boarding
  • Dog Walking *
  • Swimming **

* Dogs Off-Leash permitted; but please check local regulations as this changes continually.
** Swimming at your own risk. There are strong rip currents, recently claiming the life of a young boy (2022)

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Additional Information

The suburb of Sunset Beach is an upmarket residential area where homes are large and expensive. The entire suburb is surrounded by Wetlands and Marine Drive, with part of the Milnerton Golf Course bordering the southern tip. Sunset Beach is only accessible from 2 access roads, namely Ocean Way and Bay Beach Avenue, which join with the main west coast road (Marine Drive).

The natural environment or positioning of this suburb gives it the feel of a secluded, upmarket holiday village, supported by it’s own village style shopping centre, which includes Woolworth’s Foods, Restaurants and Fast Food Outlets.

There is also a wide variety of Holiday Accommodation available including Hotels, Guest Houses and Bed & Breakfast venues.

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

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