Camps Bay is one of the most stylish, upmarket and beautiful places you can stay when holidaying in South Africa’s favourite city of Cape Town…
Not only is Camps Bay one of the most gorgeous places in the Mother City, it enjoys a considerably convenient location as well. You will be just half an hour from the airport, 20 minutes from the ever-popular V&A Waterfront, a mere 40 minutes from the famous Cape Winelands and only 15 minutes from the city centre.
Camps Bay is an affluent suburb nestled just below the Twelve Apostles mountain range on the western side of Cape Town and is described as a premier holiday destination filled with great places for entertainment, fantastic accommodation and sunny, safe beaches that are ideal for swimming. With stunning views of the mountains behind you and of the oceans ahead, you will find yourself totally at ease on the soft, golden sand under the warm and much-loved South African sun.
In Camps Bay, there are several beaches at your disposal. The official Camps Bay Beach holds the prestigious Blue Flag status since 2008, and is the largest beach in the area. Lifeguards and good facilities are present, and the beach is nearby to hotels, restaurants and shops. It is also in the best location, directly opposite the main tourist hub of Camps Bay.
Koeël Bay is interesting because of its open-air African curio market that has an amazing selection of hand-crafted items from all over the country, while Bakoven is a popular swimming beach. This beach’s rather strange name comes from the huge rock just off-shore that is shaped like an oven door lying on its side! A row of beachfront houses here are listed as South African National Heritage Sites and were built in the 1940’s. They once housed honoured members of the South African Army who were in World War II.
For great surfing action (and the multitude of restaurants and beach bars) many head for Glen Beach, while divers love Lui Bay (or Witsand). Oudekraal is another favourite with some great facilities, such as a nice picnic area with lawns, braai (barbeque) areas, undercover tables and benches and toilets. Its several small and nicely sheltered beaches are lovely places for a day outings.
Things to do off the beach in Camps Bay
- Enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at one of the super-stylish restaurants.
- Take a break from the sun and spend a few hours with friends at a trendy coffee shop.
- Indulge in Italian cuisine at an authentic Italian restaurant or spoil yourself at an elegant Greek restaurant.
- Delight in one of the local performances at the Theatre on the Bay.
- Find something unique to take home with you at the Camps Bay African Craft Market.
- Take a sunset walk along the coast following Victoria Road.
- Get the best views of the bay whilst walking the Camps Bay Pipe Track.
- More enthusiastic hikers can enjoy an alternative route up Table Mountain from the Camps Bay Pipe Track.
Due to its wonderfully convenient location Camps Bay is a magnificent place to stay when you would like to explore other areas of Cape Town. From Camps Bay it’s easy to drive the Cape Peninsula, visiting the lovely beaches of Muizenberg, the quaint shops at Kalk Bay, the charming village of Fish Hoek, popular Boulders Beach, the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and Hout Bay. Visitors also love to take a trip to Robben Island, go up Table Mountain by cable car, browse the shops and enjoy the many other attractions at the V&A Waterfront, tour the Cape Winelands and visit the beautiful Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.
Camps Bay is also a magnificent location for a wedding and many couples have decided to ‘tie the knot’ in one of the fabulous venues available within this suburb. This stylish part of Cape Town offers so many wonderful options for couples that you will definitely find the one that best suits your ideas of a dream wedding. With the blue ocean on one side and the majestic mountains on the other, no holiday or wedding in Camps Bay can possibly be anything less than spectacular.