Noordhoek Long Beach & Chapman's Peak
Noordhoek Beach is over 8 km long, and is the most unspoiled and best protected on the Atlantic Cape coast. At one end it is defined by Chapman’s peak plunging into the sea, and at the other, by the Kommetjie lighthouse. The beach is backed by National park-protected wetlands, and as a result is free of the urban sprawl that characterizes many other Cape Town bays.
Noordhoek Beach is best viewed from Chapmans Peak drive as you can see the immense size of the beach from this high vantage point. The beach is very popular with walkers, horse riders and of courses surfers. There is a well-known ship wreck on the beach, called the Kakapo. It can be found towards the left hand side of the beach as you look out to sea. In the 1900’s the ship headed straight into the beach as the skipper thought he had already rounded Cape Point. The beach has soft white sand to walk on and the views of the bay are spectacular. The beach is rather isolated due to its size so be cautious when swimming. It is also advisable to walk with a group of people when you visit the beach. There are two popular surf spots known as the “Hoek and Dunes”.
Behind the wetlands rise magnificent mountain slopes, densely overgrown with green coastal fynbos. Horse riding is common in Noordhoek. Many residents own horses and keep them on their properties. There are also riding schools. There are many trails through the wetlands and along the beach. Noordhoek village has a rural, country feel, with an attractive common and paddocks, and charming local shops, restaurants and bars. It is connected to the Cape Town area via one of the world’s great roads, the spectacular Chapman’s Peak drive, with its incredible views of the Atlantic coast.