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Camps Bay

Stunning sunsets and perfect blue water, scuba diving, mountain scenery and beachfront restaurants all make this one of Cape Town’s most popular beach suburbs.

Just a short drive from Cape Town’s city center is the stylish beach suburb of Camps Bay. The white sand and blue water attract sun worshippers and watersports enthusiasts while shoppers and diners come for the craft markets and chic bars and restaurants. Backed by the Twelve Apostles mountain range, it’s also popular with hikers.

The beach at Camps Bay is wide, clean and family-friendly. Rent sunbeds and umbrellas from vendors along the beach. Due to regular rip currents, lifeguards patrol the beach in the summer months and, although cold, the water is nice for cooling off on a hot day. At the southern end of the beach is a tidal pool, which offers safe swimming for children. Bring a picnic and sit on the stretch of lawn that lines the beach. You can also use the barbecues here.

Take the pleasant walk from the beach to neighboring Glen Beach, where you can watch surfers ride big waves. 

Running parallel with the beach is the palm-lined Victoria Road, where you’ll to find a variety of cafés and restaurants, pubs and cocktail bars. Sit at a pavement terrace after a day of sunbathing, order a drink and enjoy one of Cape Town’s finest sunsets. Shoppers will enjoy browsing the boutique shops and street stalls for African handicrafts and curios.

Those in the mood for adventure can hike the well-marked trails that lead into the Table Mountain National Park and afford impressive views of the Cape Town peninsula and Twelve Apostles mountain range. A popular walk is to Lion’s Head, from where it’s possible to paraglide back down to Camps Bay or nearby Sea Point. Join a scuba diving tour and explore the various shipwrecks that lie just off the coast. Cage dives with great white sharks and cave dives are popular adrenalin-fueled activities.

Camps Bay is a 10-minute drive from Cape Town’s city center. Public buses stop at the beach, as does a hop-on hop-off tourist bus. If coming by car then you can park on the streets. Parking is free but it’s customary to tip the parking attendants.  


Guide to Exploring Camps Bay


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Place on the Bay

Place on the Bay

Corner of Van Kamp and Victoria Road, Cape Town
4.2
of 5, from 46 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Camps Bay Beach and Theatre on the Bay. Queens Beach and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Villa Simona Bed & Breakfast

Villa Simona Bed & Breakfast

29 Theresa Avenue, Cape Town
1.8
of 5, from 4 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Camps Bay, this bed & breakfast is within 3 mi (5 km) of Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay Beach, and Waterworks Museum. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

£144
O on Kloof Boutique Hotel & Spa

O on Kloof Boutique Hotel & Spa

92 Kloof Road, Cape Town
4.3
of 5, from 6 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Camps Bay, this luxury hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Queens Beach, Sea Point Swimming Pool, and Camps Bay Beach. Theatre on the Bay and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£157
The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel

69 Victoria Road, Cape Town
4.4
of 5, from 61 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Camps Bay Beach and Theatre on the Bay. Queens Beach and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£220
Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel

Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel

31 Francolin Rd, Cape Town
4.4
of 5, from 13 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Camps Bay, this luxury guesthouse is within 3 mi (5 km) of Theatre on the Bay, Camps Bay Beach, and Table Mountain Aerial Cableway. Table Mountain and South African National Gallery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

£219
Retreat on Hove

Retreat on Hove

11 Hove Road, Cape Town
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Camps Bay, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre on the Bay and Camps Bay Beach. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is 2.8 mi (4.6 km) away.

£137
South Beach Camps Bay

South Beach Camps Bay

6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
4.8
of 5, from 23 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

Located in Camps Bay, this luxury apartment is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre on the Bay and Camps Bay Beach. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway and Queens Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

£73
Ocean View House

Ocean View House

33 Victoria Road - Bakoven, Cape Town
4.7
of 5, from 35 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in Camps Bay, this guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Theatre on the Bay and Camps Bay Beach. Table Mountain and South African National Gallery are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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