the beach to see and be seen
Under the looming Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head, with views out across the turquoise-coloured sea, Camps Bay sports some of the trendiest places in Cape Town to see and be seen.
Head south from the beaches of Clifton (or north from the buzz of Sea Point) and you’ll discover the chic suburb of Camps Bay. The main drag, Victoria Road, is jam-packed with funky restaurants, trendy pubs, and bucket-and-spade shops on one side, and a palm-fringed beach on the other.
It’s here, on the white sands of Camps Bay, where you’ll find bronzed and buff locals and visitors flexing their muscles and showing off their volleyball skills. While supermodels and rock stars of the world are known to hang out at Camps Bay, it’s also a great place for families – the sandy beach is wide and flat, and parking is sometimes more available than at nearby Clifton. During the Easter break and around the Christmas holidays, Camps Bay is packed to the brim.
stay a while
If you’re staying over, there’s a wide range of accommodation on offer, from self-catering apartments to stylish villas and the old and gracious The Bay Hotel with its perfect views of Camps Bay beach. Be sure to contact Cape Town Tourism to book accommodation to suit your needs and budget.
Visitors come from far and wide to enjoy the friendly vibe and excellent restaurants (not to mention gorgeous views) in Camps Bay. Tides restaurant at The Bay Hotel is an award-winning eatery; Blues (+27 21 438 2040; www.blues.co.za) is an old favourite, especially if you like Mediterranean food. You can request information on restaurants and bars from Cape Town Tourism and drop in to any one of our Visitor Information Centres to pick up a handy restaurant map.
You’ll find a number of good places for a glass of wine or cocktails along Victoria Road – and for holidaymakers and locals alike, Camps Bay is a favourite spot to watch the sun go down. If you’re feeling like a dose of culture, find out what’s showing at the gracious Theatre on the Bay (+27 21 438 3301; www.theatreonthebay.co.za).
For a bit of pampering, you could make use of the Camps Bay Retreat Skin & Body Centre (+27 21 437 9703; www.campsbayretreat.com), or head off to one of the other spas or yoga centres in the area.
Contact Cape Town Tourism’s Burg Street Visitor Information Centre (+27 21 426 4260) for great advice on what to do, where to stay, where to eat and more. Our friendly team are happy to help with information and bookings.
- Phone: +27 21 422 1075
A Blue Flag is an international award given to beaches, boats and marina’s that meet EXCELLENCE in the areas of safety, amenities, cleanliness and environmental standards. The strict criteria of the programme are set by the international coordinators of the Blue Flag campaign in Europe.
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I find it super irritating having all the vendors come past every 20min, chanting "ice - cream, cooldrink, lollies!" I will go as far to say that I will not return to the beach if this continues. Why can't there be a kiosk where one can go buy what one wants, when one wants it? !