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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.

Enjoy the glorious soft sand, deep blue water and sophisticated ambiance of Camps Bay Beach. This attractive beach fronts Camps Bay, one of Cape Town’s most exclusive coastal suburbs. Mingle with the sun-kissed and well-heeled beachgoers, observe surfers and relax with a picnic while marveling at the spectacular natural setting.

The beach possesses a Blue Flag certification, which means that it meets a set of stringent criteria such as safety, services and water quality. Find a quiet spot to lay down your towel or rent a sunbed from one of the many vendors. Swim in the tranquil tidal pool or take a refreshing dip in the cold Atlantic Ocean water, although be wary of strong currents. Lifeguards patrol the beach during the summer months.

Bring your own food and enjoy a scenic picnic on the palm-fringed grass lawns that frame the beach. Watch the waves break on the seashore and look back to see the jagged peaks of the Twelve Apostles mountains. Stroll to the northern end of the beach, cross the rocks to Glen Beach where you can watch surfers ride rolling waves.

Behind the beach is Victoria Road, a lively boulevard lined with bars, pubs and restaurants. Sit at one of several pavement terraces, order a beer, cocktail or glass of wine and spend a moment people-watching. Arrive late in the afternoon and grab a prime spot to enjoy a memorable sunset. Browse the market stalls and shops for African art and handicrafts.

For some adventure, go hiking along the trails that wind through Table Mountain National Park and the Twelve Apostles. Climb to 2,195-feet (669-meter) tall Lion’s Head for impressive views and the chance to paraglide back down.

Camps Bay Beach is about a 15-minute drive from Cape Town city center. Get here via public buses and a hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus. Parking can be hard to secure during the busy summer months so arrive early to get a spot close to the sand.

It's worth giving yourself loads of time at Camps Bay Beach. Here are some of the best activities:

Why don't you consider trying out a Half Day Private Cape Town City and a Cape Town Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour?

If you're after even more activities, peruse our Cape Town things to do page.


Guide to Exploring around Camps Bay Beach


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The Bay Hotel ¥18,192
The Bay Hotel

The Bay Hotel

69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 2.8 mi (4.4 km) away.

    POD Camps Bay ¥29,543
    POD Camps Bay

    POD Camps Bay

    3 Argyle Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      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 Stadium and Cape Town International Convention Centre are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Place on the Bay ¥12,095
      Place on the Bay

      Place on the Bay

      Corner of Van Kamp and Victoria Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        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 is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) away.

        Fairways on the Bay ¥10,822
        Fairways on the Bay

        Fairways on the Bay

        Corner of the Faiway and Victoria Roads, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Camps Bay, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away.

          South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel ¥18,044
          South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

          South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel

          6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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

            Primi Seacastle ¥8,863
            Primi Seacastle

            Primi Seacastle

            15 Victoria Road Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              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 also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Apartments on the Bay Camps Bay ¥10,806
              Apartments on the Bay Camps Bay

              Apartments on the Bay Camps Bay

              31 Victoria Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Offering direct access to the beach, this Camps Bay apartment building is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Clifton Bay Beach and Camps Bay Beach. Kloof Street and Lions Head are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Camps Bay Village ¥7,023
                Camps Bay Village

                Camps Bay Village

                32 Camps Bay Drive, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

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