Sandy Bay, South Africa
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Set beneath the slopes of a bush-clad nature reserve in Cape Town, Sandy Bay is known by regulars as a rare haven for nude bathing in South Africa. As the name implies, it offers sand as well as rocky coves to explore, though there is little protection here when southeasterly winds are blowing. It has been used for decades by both locals and tourists alike and is quite popular with gay visitors. You need to walk a mile and a half to get here from the nearest parking lot, itself a beautiful and secluded setting for enjoying the African sunshine. Some locals advise against visiting alone on a quiet weekday due to concerns about crime – a reminder that this is essentially an urban beach.