Cape Town as a windsurfing holiday destination ticks all the boxes. The wind conditions in and around Cape Town are very reliable with wind speeds usually between 20-30 knots with the strongest wind coming between 2 and 6 in the evenings. South Africa's best wind is present during the summer period from November through to February. The coastline in and around Cape Town is home to many beaches that do not only boast fantastic windsurfing conditions, but simply breathtaking natural beauty too.
But Cape Town has much more to offer than just windsurfing. Whether you are looking to unwind, explore or be entertained in your time away from the surf, Cape Town and what lies beyond has plenty of alternative activities for those rare non-windy days and for the non-surfing partners and family.
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River Mouth or Lagoon Beach
Lagoon Beach is the nearest spot to Cape Town located only a short 10 minute drive from the city centre. The beach here is of a good size with a nice shallow area for the first 50 metres. The rising tide at Lagoon Beach tends to be smaller than at some of the more northerly destinations which makes it suitable for beginners and intermediates as well as those wanting to try some easy wave sailing.
Sunset Beach is one of the main windsurf locations with a good rising tide building and the best wind coming in the late afternoon. There are no general facilities for the non-windsurfer here unless you are staying at our Sunset Beach hotels which is right on the spot.
Dolphin Beach is another popular windsurf area with a very large open beach area that also has a very large open beach area. Dolphin Beach is favourable for groups that include non-surfers who can access the facilities at the Dolphin Beach Hotel.
Langebaan makes for an excellent day trip located about one and a half hours drive from Cape Town along the scenic coast. The wind here is often stronger than in the Cape Town area and offers super flat water conditions that are perfect for freestyle junkies or beginners. There is a windsurf and kitesurf school located here which offers rental and instruction options as well as many very good cafes and restaurants.
Visit Wine Country
The famous Cape vineyards of Western Cape begin only a thirty minute drive from Cape Town. Western Cape is the largest wine-making region in South Africa with picturesque vineyards stretching for miles against an impressive mountainous backdrop. The South African rand's relative weakness to the pound means that wine-tasting sessions are inexpensive and luxury wines and dining can be acquired at favourably low prices.
Visit the Floral Region
South Africa has the third highest level of biodiversity in the world – a title that the the Cape Floral Region helped to secure. The area contains more plant species than the entire British Isles. A visit to Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden, located at the foot of Table Mountain, is one way to access the wonders of the Floral Region.
Visit Bontebok Ridge Reserve
A trip to South Africa would be far from complete without a visit to a game reserve. Bontebok Ridge Reserve is easily accessible from Cape Town, located just an hours drive from the city, and offers the chance for you to see some of South Africa's wildlife in their natural habitat. Expect to see magnificent bontebok, eland and quagga amongst others in this authentic African experience.
Garden Route Road Trip
At 950 km, the entire Garden Route is perhaps a little too far for an addition to a kitesurfing holiday. However, the first leg of the trip has some lovely views that are well worth checking out.