In spring, from around September, the sun starts coming up a bit earlier and goes down a bit later every evening. By mid December you’ll still wear your sunglasses around 8 at night. December, January, February and even into March, the mercury will rise every now and then deep into the 30°C and even beyond.
On days like these the beaches are packed. On the Atlantic side, when it gets really hot, some brave souls might actually take on the icy water. On the Indian Atlantic side, swimming is more user-friendly, with water that’s quite a few degrees warmer.
All along the coastline, at restaurants that are strung together like beads on a string, people are eating, drinking or people gazing, looking out over the shimmering ocean.
And then the Southeaster comes up.
The prevailing wind in summer is the only thing that has the potential to derail the perfect days of fun in the sun in the Cape. It will clutch at towels, uproot umbrellas, sandblast sunburned legs. It will push a cloth of clouds over Table Mountain, making it inaccessible. It will blow away even the best intentions of hardened sun lovers.
But even when the Cape Doctor (so called because it cleanses the Cape of pollution) is raging, you will always find still spots: Clifton beach, Sea Point, the V&A Waterfront, the city bowl… Yes, the mountain is the best windbreak you’ll ever find.
And, even when the wind is blowing, there’s always the winelands to explore. The wind has never interfered with wine-tasting, to our knowledge.
If the winelands in summer is magical, in winter it’s even better, with crackling fires, soft winter rains that turn the countryside into the most intense emerald green, hearty stews and soups eaten with full-bodied wines and ports.
Cape Town in winter is a well-kept secret. In between the rainy days you’ll get clear skies that are so bright and crystal clear it will hurt the eye. These are the perfect days to explore the beautiful, rugged coast with its spectacular passes. Town-hop from one quaint little place to the other, browsing in cute little shops and stopping off for meals and snacks.
So, what’s the answer on the question “When’s the best time to visit Cape Town?”
It depends on what you want: an endless summer on the beach, or a winter adventure full of colour, texture, taste and here and there, a beautiful sunny day.
Those passionate about Cape Town says it’s spectacular all year round. If you’re planning on your next trip to Cape Town, you can search for cheap flights to Cape Town.