Camps Bay is an affluent suburb of Cape Town, South Africa known for its stunning fine white sand beach, natural rock pools for swimming and views of the Twelve Apostles Mountains. Adjacent to the beach is an astonishing array of posh seafood restaurants, trendy cafes and cocktail bars that all overlook the Camps Bay promenade. Soak up the sun while sipping on a cocktail, stroll through the craft market, enjoy fine dining or a theatre production.
Camps Bay is one of the most exclusive parts of Cape Town and home to many well-known celebrities and footballers! The houses here are in the main very grand and overlook a very busy and ‘happening’ stretch of beach with lots of wonderful bars, cafes and restaurants popular with locals and tourists alike. The water is pretty darn cold so only the bravest among us will plunge into those icy depths while the rest of us hire out a deck chair to enjoy that African sunshine! We absolutely love the African Craft Market which is a super picturesque open-air market where you can stock up on stunning African curios and gorgeous beaded jewellery. Ever think you could enjoy theatre at the beach? Well the Theatre on the Bay has a huge number of excellent shows on which we can highly recommend and book in for you. And if that isn’t enough we also adore the restaurants along the beach, not least the Cod Father which is one of the most delicious seafood spots around.
Camps Bay is a wonderful spot to simply enjoy being in Cape Town in the shadow of the Table Mountain looking back across the stunning Twelve Apostles Mountain Range. The beach is wonderful for a round of volleyball or to have an hour or two sunbathing, but we love it for the little restaurants which line the road and the African Crafts Market which has a few delights well worth dropping your well-earned cash for! The bars are a delight and bring together locals and tourists alike – some of our most charming conversations with strangers have happened while looking out across the ocean with a coffee in hand. The Bay Hotel ‘s private and exclusive beach club offer a day pass which is ideal for a cocktail or two and one can also use their gorgeous facilities including their heated pool if you aren’t already booked in to stay there!
Camps Bay is roughly a 20-minute car journey from the V&A and 30 minutes from the City Bowl. Here at Tailormade Africa we would be delighted to organise for you to include a visit to Camps Bay on a tour, or the hotels in Cape Town are very happy to book you into a taxi which you can settle directly. Taxis are very reasonably priced and readily available so you’ll be able to quickly and safely get around the city at your leisure.
If you’d like to stay right on Camps Bay, we can make that happen. Being located here gives you ideal strolling access to all the bars and restaurants, plus the gorgeous sandy beach. The properties are just a 20 minute drive to the V&A Waterfront so not too far away from the hubbub of downtown yet with the sea right on your doorstep you’ll have everything you need! We know a number of boutique properties in and around the area which would be a perfect base, just let us know and we can book you in.
Most people make the most of Camps Bay by enjoying the wonderful sea view with a cup of coffee or indeed something a little stronger! The restaurants on offer here are truly superb and all with the sights and sounds of the ocean, you couldn’t ask for a more. The beach itself goes on long enough for you to either dive into the chilling waters, or spend time on one of the deck chairs on offer to catch some African rays. One of our favourite things to do is walk right up to the nippy water and let our feet sink into the sand as the waves lap our ankles – all with the warm sun on your back, you’re in for a treat!
As a mini beach village within such a beautiful city, you’re in luck when it comes to the best time of year as it happens to be any old time! When it’s a bit drizzly and wet in July and August, you still have the warm bars and restaurants you can snuggle up in and look out over the ocean or indeed back up to the mountain behind you. Outside of Cape Town’s rainy season you have bright blue skies above you, the sea on one side and the iconic Table Mountain on the other. You can mosey on down the beach barefoot enjoying the contrast to your hearts content. The beach can get pretty rammed during school holidays but that just shows how much there is to enjoy here!
The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa stands at the edge of the world. On one side, a line of majestic mountains – The Twelve Apostles – reaches towards the heavens; on the other, the sun sets on breeching whales, playful dolphins, and crashing Atlantic rollers. And all around, you can walk the wilderness trails of the Table Mountain National Park. We'll even pack you a picnic... Learn more