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Beach destinations for people who don't like the beach

June 15, 2014, 12:08 p.m.
Table Mountain

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Cape Town, South Africa

Sitting on the southernmost tip of the continent, South Africa's Cape Town is one of the world's most picturesque cities. The beaches here are very attractive during the Southern Hemisphere's summertime. The ever-present Table Mountain provides stunning views that are enough to make even the most unenthusiastic beach-goer enjoy spending the afternoon on the sand. Camps Bay and St. James Beach are the most popular spots, though Boulders Beach, with its unique rock formations and personable penguin population, is a treat for all visitors. There is plenty to do away from the beach as well. The attractive Two Oceans Aquarium, historic Robben Island (the prison that held Nelson Mandela) and the colorful Bo-Kaap neighborhood are great sightseeing options for spending time away from the beach, and there are plenty of shopping, eating and wine bar options in the heart of the city.