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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 $121
Reviewed on May 9, 2019
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Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Great location. Rooms were pleasant if a little dated.

    Beach House Hout Bay $57
    Reviewed on May 21, 2018
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    Beach House Hout Bay

    Beach House Hout Bay

    18 Princess Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      It was an excellent place to stay right near the beach and you couldn't get better service, the breakfast was delicious and plenty of it, rooms comfortable and a good bed to sleep in, they had water restrictions but that was all of Cape Town so you just had to be careful and not waste water. Couldn't ...

      Lovely Apartment 100m From The Beach In Beautiful Hout Bay
      Lovely Apartment 100m From The Beach In Beautiful Hout Bay

      Lovely Apartment 100m From The Beach In Beautiful Hout Bay

      Hout Bay
         
        0.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Hout Bay, this romantic property is within a 5-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).

        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

          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).

          Panoramic sea Views. Beach 100m. Spectacular!
          Reviewed on Sep 14, 2018
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          Panoramic sea Views. Beach 100m. Spectacular!

          Panoramic sea Views. Beach 100m. Spectacular!

          Cape Town, WC
             
            4.8 of 5
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            great appartement, great view, everything well prepared, fully equiped, nice Beach (Hout Bay), great view from Chapman´s Peak (really near). See you next time

            dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)
            Reviewed on Mar 31, 2019
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            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
               
              5.0 of 5
              4.0 out of 5.0

              A beautiful, well furnished and spacious apartment with lots of amenities, overlooking Hout Bay. Huge, high resolution TV with lots of channels and Netflix. Fast Wifi. Kitchen appliances include coffee maker, toaster, oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, etc. Large balcony suitable for breakfast with ...

              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

                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 $118
                Reviewed on Mar 6, 2017
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                Hout Bay Manor

                Hout Bay Manor

                Baviaanskloof Off Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.2 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Heard so much about this hotel, but didn't quite live up to its reputation, beautiful building and decor but lacks atmosphere. We had to search for staff to serve us a pre dinner and post dinner drink! Think more staffing is required.