7 Magical Spots To Paddle Board In Cape Town

Written By: Jason Watson – My name is Jason Watson, and for as long as I remember I’ve struggled with chronic anxiety. It wasn’t until I discovered paddle boarding that I managed to get a hang of it. There’s just something about the combination of exercise and nature that let me not only control my fear, but completely overcome it. And now i’m on a mission to spread the word about paddleboarding far and wide so that more people can experience the benefits that I did. That’s why I created Paddleboard Insiders, your source for everything SUP.

Cape Town is as good as it gets when it comes to incredible views, beautiful beaches and great food all wrapped up in one location. But paddle boarding Cape Town is even more special. 

You’d be hard pressed to find a spot anywhere in the world that has so much variety so close together. You see the natural wonders of Table Mountain, surf in one of the biggest spots in the world – Dungeons… or even swim with penguins while spending no more than 1 hour in a car. 

That’s why I’m so excited to show you 7 magical spots that you can paddle board in Cape Town on your next trip.

Let’s get into it…

Paddle Boarding Cape Town: The 6 Best Spots

Location 1: Clifton Beach

Clifton Beach is the chill-out lounge of paddle boarding spots. Picture yourself gliding over calm waters, with the sun warming your back and mountains watching over you. There are hundreds of beautiful people lounging on the beach, and you can feel the warm African sun on your back.

If that sounds good to you – then Clifton is perfect for you! Just remember to pack in your wetsuit or rash vest because the water is super cold.

Clifton Beach is an amazing beach

Location 2: Langebaan Lagoon

Langebaan Lagoon is like that friend who’s always easy to hang out with. The water’s so calm, it’s like it’s cheering on your every move, making it perfect for newbies and seasoned paddlers looking for a relaxed day out. 

This is a great location for kids because the lagoon is always about waist deep so they can stand in the water. It’s also really warm so you can get a tan while out paddling. Just make sure you stay out of the way of the kitesurfers!

The Lagoon is also great for kitesurfing

Location 3: Boulders Beach

Paddling at Boulders Beach is all about those ‘pinch me, I’m dreaming’ moments. Imagine floating alongside cute penguins! It’s not just a paddle; it’s an unforgettable experience with our favorite feathered locals. 

Seriously – where else could you paddle board with penguins? It’s amazing. Make sure to book in advance because the SUP tours get busy (and the water is really cold – just saying)

Enjoy SUP in Cape Town

Location 4: Camps Bay

Camps Bay is where you hit the water during the day and the beach bars later. The water’s great for a paddle, and the beach life is buzzing. It’s the spot where you can have your cake and eat it too.

One of the more popular spots where you can find the ‘who’s who’ of local models and actors in a place called Cafe Caprice. Lines get long so try to get there early. This is paddle boarding Cape Town at it’s finest! 

Sunset in Camps Bay

Location 5: Blouberg Beach

Paddling at Blouberg Beach is like being in a live postcard. With Table Mountain in the backdrop, every stroke feels a bit more epic. Whether you’re catching the sunrise or just enjoying the clear waters, it’s a view you’ll never tire of. 

Make sure to take a lot of pictures because this is one of the best sights that you’re ever going to see. By the way – bring a jacket because the water is cold and it gets really windy there in the afternoon.

Try Paddleboarding in Cape Town

Location 6: Kalk Bay

Kalk Bay is the funky, artsy cousin in the paddle boarding family. It’s got this cool, laid-back vibe that makes every paddling trip feel like a new adventure. Plus, the views and the waves are top-notch.

Make sure you take some time to hang out in the coffee shops and look at all the little stores. It will be well worth your time.

Location 7: Muizenberg Beach

Muizenberg Beach is the go-to for surfers, but hey, we paddle boarders love it too! It’s got this ‘everyone’s welcome’ kind of feel, with waves that are just right for a fun day out on the board. 

And don’t worry – the waves are really small most of the time. Plus – you can stand (and the waters warm) so it’s a really good time for everyone if you want to try some surfing.

Enjoy your time in South Africa


So, that’s the lowdown on my top paddle boarding spots in Cape Town. Each one has its own flavor and flair, making Cape Town an awesome playground for us paddle boarders. 

Grab your board, hit these spots, and have the time of your life!

Paddle Boarding Cape Town: FAQs

When’s the Best Time to Hit the Water?

Cape Town’s sweet for paddle boarding pretty much all year, but November to March is prime time with warmer temps and friendlier winds.

Do I Need My Own Gear?

No stress if you don’t have your own gear. Most spots have rental shops, so you’re covered.

Cool for Beginners?

Totally! Places like Langebaan Lagoon and Clifton Beaches are perfect to start your paddle boarding journey.

Wildlife: What’s the Deal?

Just chill and enjoy the view. Keep a respectful distance from the wildlife, and remember, no touching or feeding. In case you’re asking what you’ll see – lots of seagulls! Just kidding – dolphins & whales (if you’re lucky)… and lots of seagulls.

Can I Learn to Paddle Board in Cape Town?

For sure! There are plenty of places offering lessons, so you’ll be up and paddling in no time.


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