Clifton’s Fourth Beach

One of my favourite beaches has got to be Clifton’s fourth beach with it’s sugar white sand… There are some amazing properties located in this area and the nearby Backoven…

Clifton’s 4th beach has been awarded the Blue Flag award in recognition of its environmental, safety and tourist standards.

The small size of the properties on which bungalows are built between Fourth and Second beaches is attributable to the fact that the area was laid out by the City of Cape Town for returning soldiers who had fought in World War I. The original bungalows, now all but replaced by new structures, were built from the packing cases that conveyed imported motor cars during the 1920s and ’30’s. Narrow flights of stairs run between Victoria Road and the various beaches. These houses now fetch very high prices on the housing market, despite being only able to be reached by stairs, and, in most cases, having no garaging.

Clifton was rated as one of the Top Ten Beaches by the cable and satellite television network Discovery Travel Channel in 2003 and 2004 and has received Blue Flag status. In 2005 and 2006 it was rated by Forbes.com at number 8 in the Top 10 Topless beaches in the World.

An interesting feature of Clifton’s 4 beaches involves the water temperatures and annual denudation and re-deposit of the bay’s sugar-white sands, although for the most part protected in the ‘wind shadow’ of Lion’s Head mountain that stands behind Clifton (on its Eastern side).

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