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Camps BayCape Town

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.

Top hotels in Camps Bay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
POD Camps Bay
POD Camps Bay
5 out of 5
3 Argyle Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape

Located in Camps Bay, this luxury guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Table Mountain, South African National Gallery and Greenmarket Square. Cape Town International ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (150 reviews)
Pod Experience

"This was my first time at the POD, but definitely not my last!! Attention to detail everywhere! This is the first time i feel that i get what i pay for! Best Hotel or B@B i stayed at in Capetown, Clifton , or Campsbay. 10 Thumbs up!!"…"

Reviewed on 17 Feb 2020

POD Camps Bay
The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £84 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles ...

4.3/5Excellent! (281 reviews)
Highly Recommend

"The hotel was overall great and in a wonderful location. Would highly recommend it!"…"

Reviewed on 27 Mar 2020

The Bay Hotel
Primi Seacastle
Primi Seacastle
4 out of 5
15 Victoria Road Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £63 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Camps Bay guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (117 reviews)
Primi Seacastle is a great choice in Camps Bay

"I’ve stayed at both Primi properties in Camps Bay. They are both terrific locations and incredibly helpful and friendly staff. They make you really feel at home. The rooms are comfortable with beautiful sea views and the breakfast is delicious."…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020

Primi Seacastle
Fairways on the Bay
Fairways on the Bay
3.5 out of 5
Corner of the Faiway and Victoria Roads, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £46 per night

Located in Camps Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 miles (5 km).

4.3/5Excellent! (57 reviews)

"Location was awesome, breakfast voucher you could use anytime that day! We had 3 rooms all together felt like staying in a house, but older and bathroom floor slippy. Staff very nice. Felt very safe."…"

Reviewed on 5 Mar 2020

Fairways on the Bay
Primi Royal
Primi Royal
4 out of 5
23 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £84 per night

Located in Camps Bay, this beach guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 3 mi (4.8 km) away.

4.4/5Wonderful! (82 reviews)

"small boutique hotel where the staff were friendly and helpful. Room was excellent and cleaned perfectly. location was spot on, only 300 yards to the beach"…"

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2020

Primi Royal
Place on the Bay
Place on the Bay
3.5 out of 5
Corner of Van Kamp and Victoria Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is £46 per night

Offering direct access to the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also ...

4.1/5Very Good! (226 reviews)

"The room was a very noisy at night but overall was a pleasant stay. The staff super friendly and the location was superb."…"

Reviewed on 1 Feb 2020

Place on the Bay

Popular places to visit in Camps Bay

Camps Bay Beach
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Camps Bay Beach

See and be seen, admire beautiful sunsets and go hiking in the famous Twelve Apostles at one of Cape Town’s most stylish beaches.

Maiden's Cove
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Maiden's Cove

If a restful holiday is part of your travel plans, Maiden's Cove might be the perfect place to visit during your trip to Cape Town. Discover the mountain views while you're in the area.

Boulders Beach
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Boulders Beach

Get a privileged close-up view of an African penguin colony among the spectacular rock formations at this beach that also offers excellent swimming conditions.

Table Mountain
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Table Mountain

One of the world’s oldest mountains creates an iconic backdrop to the Cape Town skyline. Climb to the summit for breathtaking views of the surrounding coast.

Robben Island
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Robben Island

Visit the cell where Nelson Mandela spent most of his sentence and explore the Table Bay island that has also served as a leper colony and a military base.

V&A Waterfront
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V&A Waterfront

You can browse for souvenirs when you visit V&A Waterfront, a popular shopping spot in Cape Town. Wander the seaside or discover the area's mountain views.

Top things to do in Camps Bay

Table Mountain Guided Hike
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Table Mountain Guided Hike

£180
Per adult
Shark Cage Diving Full Day
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Shark Cage Diving Full Day

£125
Per adult
Full Day Big 5 Safari from Cape Town
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Full Day Big 5 Safari from Cape Town

£151
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Safari from Cape Town
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Full-Day Safari from Cape Town

£162
Per adult
90% of travellers recommend
Cape Agulhas Full Day Tour
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Cape Agulhas Full Day Tour

£89
Per adult
Diamonds Shopping Tour
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Diamonds Shopping Tour

£23
Per adult

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