Hout Bay Beach

Hout Bay Beach featuring a marina
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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.

Top Hotels Close to Hout Bay Beach

Chapmans Peak Hotel
Chapmans Peak Hotel
4 out of 5
Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7806
The price is $125 per night from Dec 9 to Dec 10
$125
per night
Dec 9 - Dec 10
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (96 reviews)
"What a gorgeous location overlooking the beach at Hout Bay. Lovely veranda for breakfast, stunning views from the pool deck, and such friendly, helpful staff! Highly recommend!!"

Reviewed on Apr 19, 2022

Chapmans Peak Hotel
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Victoria Road Camps Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8040
The price is $387 per night from Dec 11 to Dec 12
$387
per night
Dec 11 - Dec 12
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi, and free parking. Our guests praise the bar and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (84 reviews)
"This is a great place to stay -close to major attractions, but in a relaxing and peaceful environment. Beautiful grounds with ocean and mountain views. Staff are helpful and friendly."

Reviewed on Nov 14, 2022

The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa
Steenberg Hotel & Spa
Steenberg Hotel & Spa
5 out of 5
10802 Steenberg Estate, Tokai Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7945
The price is $321 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11
$321
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Cape Town. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in our ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (108 reviews)
Beautiful Stay
"Steenberg is a beautiful winery with lovely accommodation and great staff. You get a free wine tasting as well. There are 2 on site restaurants - Tryn and Bistro Sixteen82. Tryn is more catered to a fine dining feel, but we felt the Bistro was the better restaurant, for lunch or dinner, but still ..."

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2022

Steenberg Hotel & Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Chapmans Peak Hotel
Chapmans Peak Hotel
4 out of 5
Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7806
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5 out of 5
Victoria Road Camps Bay, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8040
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5 out of 5
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The Cellars-Hohenort
5 out of 5
93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia, Cape Town, Western Cape, 7800
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The Marly Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
201 The Promenade, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
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Ocean View House
Ocean View House
4 out of 5
33 Victoria Road - Bakoven, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
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The Bay Hotel
The Bay Hotel
4.5 out of 5
69 Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8040
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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, 8005
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Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel
Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel
5 out of 5
31 Francolin Rd, Camps Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape, 8005
Atlanticview Cape Town Boutique Hotel
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