Camps Bay Beach

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Camps Bay Beach showing a sandy beach and a coastal town

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.

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The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $154 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Camps Bay Beach and Theatre on the Bay. Clifton Bay Beach and Table Mountain National ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (297 reviews)
"It was very clean however the carpets were still wet when we moved in, and there was no soap in the bathroom. The latter was provided when we asked so no problem."

Reviewed on Apr 21, 2021

The Bay Hotel
The Marly Hotel
The Marly Hotel
5 out of 5
201 The Promenade, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $365 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
Nestled on the beach, this Camps Bay hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre on the Bay and Camps Bay Beach. Clifton Bay Beach and Table Mountain National ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (83 reviews)
"Superb"

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

The Marly Hotel
POD Camps Bay
POD Camps Bay
5 out of 5
3 Argyle Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $281 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
Located in Camps Bay, this luxury guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Table Mountain, South African National Gallery, and Greenmarket Square. Castle of Good ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (152 reviews)
"The hospitality I experienced at this hotel was phenomenal. Everyone was so nice and sweet! Concy was so helpful in helping me figure out where to get local foods and even do my hair. The ambiance of the hotel was everything. Would definitely recommend this place again. I was so sad the day I ..."

Reviewed on Oct 5, 2021

POD Camps Bay
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Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Cape Town
Protea Hotel Fire & Ice by Marriott Cape Town
4 out of 5
New Church & Victoria Street, Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $60 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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The Bay Hotel
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4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $154 per night from Oct 23 to Oct 23
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The Marly Hotel
The Marly Hotel
5 out of 5
201 The Promenade, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $365 per night from Nov 8 to Nov 8
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POD Camps Bay
POD Camps Bay
5 out of 5
3 Argyle Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $281 per night from Nov 14 to Nov 14
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South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
South Beach Camps Bay Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
6 Link Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $175 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Place on the Bay Self-Catering
Place on the Bay Self-Catering
3.5 out of 5
Corner of Van Kamp and Victoria Road, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $88 per night from Oct 26 to Oct 26
Place on the Bay Self-Catering
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 $89 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
Fairways on the Bay
Primi Seacastle
Primi Seacastle
4 out of 5
15 Victoria Road Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $76 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
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Apartments on the Bay Self-Catering
Apartments on the Bay Self-Catering
4 out of 5
31 Victoria Rd, Cape Town, Western Cape
The price is $95 per night from Oct 24 to Oct 24
Apartments on the Bay Self-Catering
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