A good walk from the nearest car park and not easy to reach, Sandy Bay is backed by steep dunes and bushy slopes, and there are rocky outcrops jutting into the sea. Above and surrounding the beach are high mountains, which protect the area from most wind directions.
It is a quiet and tranquil setting, that allows one to escape the crowds one might find on other beaches. Apart from its attraction to naturists, the area's unspoilt beauty has made it popular with hikers and conservationists.
In order to get to Sandy Bay one follows a level walking path from the car park which takes roughly 20 minutes. The beach can also be reached from the Hout Bay dunes. If sea swells are large there is a great beach break for surfing and body boarding, although the sea temperature is very cold and a wet suit recommended. There is no direct vehicle access to Sandy Bay and this prevents passers-by invading people's privacy. The area is a known meeting place for Gay men.