Flying the Blue Flag on Cape Town beaches

12 October 2016
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10 Cape Town beaches awarded the full Blue Flag status

Clifton Beach
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A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches that meet excellence in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. As South Africa enters its 10th year of running the Blue Flag programme, we can proudly say that we are sustaining excellence in beach management and that our beaches rate among the best in the world.

South Africa is the first country outside Europe to win Blue Flag accreditation for its beaches. Cape Town presently has the most Blue Flag beaches, with a total of 10 beaches awarded the full Blue Flag status, and one beach awarded pilot status. The Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) noted that the Western Cape has achieved the highest number of Blue Flag sites, with 29 of the beaches. All Blue Flag beaches have their water tested every two weeks to ensure that the quality meets international standards.

The Blue Flag beaches for the 2016/2017 summer season are:

  • Bikini Beach (Gordon's Bay)
  • Camps Bay Beach
  • Clifton 4th Beach
  • Mnandi Beach
  • Strandfontein Beach (near Strandfontein)
  • Llandudno Beach
  • Silwerstroomstrand
  • Melkbosstrand
  • Muizenberg Beach
  • Fish Hoek Beach
  • Seaforth Beach (pilot status)

The Blue Flag is awarded to beaches that comply with the following Blue Flag criteria:

  • Water quality
  • Environmental education and information
  • Environmental management
  • Safety and services

Cape Town’s Blue Flag season is from 1 December to 31 March each year. For more information on the Blue Flag Programme, visit

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