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Hout Bay

This lively coastal suburb of Cape Town lures visitors with its calm water and fisherman’s wharf, craft markets and scenic drives. 

Nestled between mountain peaks and a sweeping bay, Hout Bay is a picturesque village situated south from Cape Town’s city center. Come here for leisurely beach walks and wildlife spotting, watersports, seafood restaurants and artisanal markets.

Hout Bay’s beach is wide and flat. Go for relaxed strolls and take in the surrounding scenery. Although cold, the water is calm and nice for cooling off on a hot summer’s day. Go to the Mariner’s Wharf to experience the bustle of a working harbor. Sit on the terrace at one of the wharf’s restaurants and sample freshly caught yellowfin tuna.  

Make the short walk to Bay Harbour, a lively market with over 100 stalls offering everything from art and handicrafts to fresh fish and organic food. Live music events add to the vibrant atmosphere. It’s open from Friday to Sunday, except for public holidays. 

Join a boat trip from the harbor and cruise around the Sentinel Mountain to Duiker Island, where you can see a large colony of South African fur seals basking on the rocks. Pass the surf spot known as Dungeons, which is famous for its big waves and annual surf competition. If you’re feeling energetic then sign up for a sea kayaking tour and explore the shoreline and cliffs off nearby Chapman’s Peak mountain. 

Be sure to visit the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park. Spot over 3,000 birds plus mammals such as baboons, monkeys and meerkats in the sanctuary’s walkthrough enclosures. The wildlife park is open daily and is a ten-minute drive from the marina.

Explore the Chapman’s Peak Drive by car or on foot. This 5-mile (9-kilometer) route cuts through the side of a mountain and offers spectacular coastal views from lookout points and picnic areas.

Hout Bay is about a 25-minute drive from the center of Cape Town. Rent a car and drive to the village via the Atlantic coastal road or the route skirting the west side of Table Mountain National Park. There’s a large car park at the marina. A hop-on hop-off tourist bus also stops in Hout Bay.

Popular Activities at Hout Bay Beach

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Chapmans Peak Hotel ¥11,762
Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Hout Bay hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Chapmans Peak, Noordhoek Beach, and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Camps Bay Beach and Constantia Wine Route are also within 9 mi (15 km).

    Beach House Hout Bay ¥6,049
    Beach House Hout Bay

    Beach House Hout Bay

    18 Princess Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Nestled on the beach, this Hout Bay guesthouse is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Hout Bay Craft Market, and Bay Harbour Market. Sandy Bay Beach and World of Birds are also within 3 mi (5 km).

      Sea La Vie Hout Bay
      Sea La Vie Hout Bay

      Sea La Vie Hout Bay

      4 Alexander Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Hout Bay, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hout Bay Beach and Hout Bay Craft Market. Bay Harbour Market and World of Birds are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)
        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)

        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)

        46 Main Road, Unit Number 9 Harbour View, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Hout Bay, this beach apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Hout Bay Craft Market and Hout Bay Beach. Bay Harbour Market and World of Birds are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          Hout Bay Beach Cottage
          Hout Bay Beach Cottage

          Hout Bay Beach Cottage

          16 Albert Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Hout Bay, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Hout Bay Beach and Hout Bay Harbour. Chapmans Peak and Camps Bay Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Hout Bay Manor ¥13,106
            Hout Bay Manor

            Hout Bay Manor

            Baviaanskloof Off Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Hout Bay, this luxury hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hout Bay Craft Market and Hout Bay Beach. Bay Harbour Market and World of Birds are also within 3 mi (5 km).

              Brightwater Lodge
              Brightwater Lodge

              Brightwater Lodge

              9 Brighton Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in Hout Bay, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Hout Bay Craft Market, and Bay Harbour Market. World of Birds and Sandy Bay Beach are also within 3 mi (5 km).

                Villa Afrique - Guest House ¥10,282
                Villa Afrique - Guest House

                Villa Afrique - Guest House

                29 Sluyskin Road Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Hout Bay, this luxury guesthouse is within 2 mi (3 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Bay Harbour Market, and Hout Bay Craft Market. Sandy Bay Beach and World of Birds are also within 3 mi (5 km).