The soft white sands and crystal blue ocean waters are one of Cape Town’s most inviting features. Beaches on the False Bay side of the peninsula are the most popular as the water is warmer. There’s a nude beach that’s popular with gay tourists at Sandy Bay near Llandudno. It’s isolated – a 2-mile walk from the parking lot – and swimming is only for the brave as the freezing water comes straight from the Antarctic. Action takes place in bushes alongside the beach.
Cape Town is also a world-renowned center for surfing, and Muizenberg is a popular surf hang out. More challenging areas are near Kalk Bay and Outer Kom. The biggest surfable waves in the world are found at Dungeons, near Hout Bay. But be warned – the waters are shark-infested.
Graafs Pool, a natural rock tidal pool, was a traditional gay spot for men to swim and sun in the nude on concrete steps at the Sea Point waterfront between Marais and Oliver Roads. Concerned about hustlers hanging about the local citizens agitated for the screening wall to be knocked down. Lady Graaf, of the noted area family, once stayed at the Bordeaux Mansion nearby, and had her own tunnel (now boarded up) under the rail tracks, to bathe here each day. The Sea Point Promenade still gets cruisy in late evenings.