Get beachy at these secret beaches in the Overberg region. (Photo: iStock)
The Western Cape is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations for South Africans and international visitors alike.
Capetonians who loath crowds know to avoid places like Camps Bay beach and Clifton over this busy time – even if going to the beach is one of their favourite pastimes.
If you’re a beach-loving, crowd-hater, this is the list for you.
While the Overberg is also pretty popular, there are places to go that are still relatively undiscovered.
READ: 7 Secret beaches in Cape Town
Here are seven secret beaches in the Overberg region:
1. Koppie Alleen – De Hoop
Situated in the serene De Hoop Nature Reserve, Koppie Alleen shows the Atlantic coastline as it ought to be – unspoilt and brimming with life. The boulders are covered in mussels, and black oystercatchers scouting about for a snack when it's low tide. The white sand and blue, blue waters also make this the perfect quiet swimming spot.
2. Arniston beach and cave - Arniston
Arniston – or Waenhuiskrans – is a very small, Greek-like fisherman’s village. The village can only host a handful of people, which means the beach is never crowded. The coolest thing in Arniston is hiking to the nearby cave when it’s low tide, or running up the dunes overlooking the ocean. Contrary to belief that all the Cape’s waters are notoriously cold, Arniston’s secluded bay has lovely mild water – perfect for a midnight skinny dip!
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3. Pringle Bay beach - Pringle Bay
Pringle Bay beach is pristine and spotless and never crowded, even over Christmas! There is a small lagoon with clear warm water where the Buffels River enters the sea. The village is surrounded by mountains on three sides and overlooks the Atlantic ocean - breathtaking.
4. Rooi Els beach - Rooi Els
This puny town is situated on the very tip of the Kogelberg Biosphere. The beach’s unique layout not only includes safe seaside swimming, and access to shellfish diving and fishing, but it also flanks a lagoon in which you can often spot the Cape clawless otter.
5. Onrus beach and lagoon - Hermanus
This is the best spot for families with children. The Onrus River runs into the ocean on the beach and when the tide comes in, the small river becomes the coolest playground. The best part of this secret beach is the lovely little café – The Milkwood Restaurant - that overlooks the beach.
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6. Kleinbaai Tidal Pool - Kleinbaai
Kleinbaai Tidal Pool is to the right of Kleinbaai Harbour on Kabeljou Street. The tidal pool is safe and a great place to take the kids or just relax. The large lawn has ample space for the little ones to run plus the jungle gym is an added bonus.
7. Bot River Lagoon estuary - Fisherhaven
Technically not a beach per se, but Fisherhaven is still one of the most beautiful, secluded spots on this magnificent piece of coastline. The Bot River lagoon is a massive outflow of the ocean, and is alive with an abundance of birdlife and fish. It's also a great spot for watersports like skiing and kitesurfing.
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