Finding the best place to stay in Cape Town for a memorable holiday
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If you’re looking for the best place to stay in Cape Town, we’re here to clear up any confusion and help you pick the perfect area. Moreover, to help you plan a vacation to Cape Town that’s both magical and memorable.
The best place is located on Cape Town’s picturesque Atlantic Seaboard. This suburb has it all. We invite you to come to share in its spoils.
Sample the sublime sunsets and enjoy countless things to do. Or, simply take your vacation to rest near the beach.
Cape Town's best area for tourists
Camps Bay is the jewel in Cape Town’s crown. There are many reasons why vacationing tourists find Camps Bay to be the best neighbourhood to stay in Cape Town. Camps Bay has the sea with sublime sunsets. It has Table Mountain. It is near the action-packed City Centre, yet it feels like a seaside holiday resort.
Couples love Camps Bay for sundowners overlooking the beautiful beach. There is plenty to do. Pubs, wine bars and restaurants line the busy main road. There is even a local theatre for exceptional entertainment. Spa sessions and shopping are also on the cards.
Families love Camps Bay for its white sandy beaches. Kids delight in the tidal pool. Hopping around large granite boulders and discovering rock pools provide fun entertainment. The local ice cream shops add to children’s happiness.
Groups of friends love Camps Bay as a location that has something for everyone. Comfortable and spacious Camps Bay villas near the beach can house large groups. The wide Camps Bay Beach has space for all. Groups can make up a volleyball team for a fun beach game. Local restaurants and bars easily accommodate groups.
Honeymooners love Camps Bay for romantic sunset walks on the beach. Luxurious homes to rent are fitted with romantic spa baths. Delight in the view of the moon’s reflection on the Atlantic Ocean. Champagne breakfasts and spa sessions are on the cards. Shop at the African Craft Market to decorate homes far from here.
Retirees love how easy it is to get around Camps Bay. It is an upmarket vacation destination. Access the beach from a large manicured lawn that stretches from the road. Enjoy all the benefits of the beach without annoying beach sand and uneven surfaces. Camps Bay bowling club is a popular spot.
Camps Bay's beautiful beaches
The best areas have the best beaches. This is true for the Atlantic Seaboard suburb of Camps Bay. It offers no less than three beautiful beaches where holidaymakers can have fun.
Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay Beach is simply the best. This beach is the place to be seen. It is frequented by celebrities. It has a row of palm trees on the bustling Victoria Road with all its restaurants and bars. Volleyball is a fun activity on the beach.
Expect no less than pristine white sands and dazzling blue water from this Blue Flag Beach. It is, however, not protected from the South-East wind.
It remains one of Cape Town’s best sunset spots. You will find the Summer Beach Festival on this fun beach. Lifeguards are on duty all summer and beach vendors provide handy beach catering.
The lawn area next to the tidal pool gives families with young children an easy option. Bring a barbeque to make the most of the Cape’s glorious long summer days on the beach.
Glen Beach is right next to Camps Bay Beach. This little cove is a popular local surf spot. Featuring the area’s gorgeous white sand, this bay is flanked by massive granite boulders. It provides good shelter from the wind.
Glen Beach is in between Camps Bay Beach and Clifton’s four beaches. There are a handful of houses with uninterrupted sea views behind Glen Beach. There are also beautiful views of Lion’s Head and the Twelve Apostles mountain range.
It’s an easy walk to Maiden’s Cove, Bachelor’s Cove and Clifton 4th Beach from Glen Beach
Bakoven Beach borders Camps Bay beach to the south. This intimate beach area plays host to a small residential community. It is a small, sheltered beach, home to a kelp forest and interesting rock pools. This beach is exclusive, so has no vendors and public facilities.
Camps Bay activities abound
This trendy seaside suburb is a hop, skip and jump from the main attractions in Cape Town. The bustling City Bowl, Sea Point, Green Point, and V&A Waterfront are within easy reach.
Camps Bay attractions
While the city offers a lot to do, Camps Bay has some of the best activities for tourists.
Legendary long sunsets in summer see people arriving from all over to catch their share. Choose your sundowner location to match your mood. Be quiet and content with your own cooler box on the Bakoven boulders. Enjoy hip and happening at a Camps Bay wine bar. Or, share in sultry sundowners on Camps Bay’s soft-sand beach.
If you have accommodation in Camps Bay, you can enjoy these sunsets every day.
The Camps Bay African Craft Market is open every day, weather permitting. It is easy to access from any central area of Cape Town. Drive along Victoria Road from Camps Bay towards Hout Bay to find it on the seaside. Shop African curios, hides, beaded jewellery and homeware, leather craft and more.
Experience the thrill of driving along Victoria Drive between Clifton and Hout Bay. Expect thick traffic on the palm-lined strip next to Camps Bay beach. Traffic will subside as you proceed south towards Hout Bay. Enjoy the views of the cool blue Atlantic ocean and the towering Twelve Apostles mountains.
Another thrilling drive takes you from the sea view villas in Camps Bay up across Kloofnek Drive. Here you will find the Table Mountain Cableway and City Bowl. Magnificent views with the prominent Lion’s Head will reward you as you make your way out of Camps Bay.
Access the Kasteelpoort Hiking Trail and the Pipe Track trail from the mountains behind Camps Bay. These hiking trails connect with Table Mountain from Camps Bay’s side. If you want to climb Lion’s Head, you’re only a short drive away.
Theatre on the Bay
A popular theatre near the beach with excellent productions showing all year round. Enjoy dinner pre-show at its onsite restaurant, Sidedish.
Camps Bay restaurants
The best area to stay in Cape Town also has some of the best restaurants. Here is the latest list of where to dine in and around Camps Bay.
- Paranga – Pitching themselves as “Cape Town’s coolest culinary experience”, Paranga offers good food, wine, service and value.
- Bilboa – Only the view distracts diners from the food at this trendy eatery.
- Zenzero – Italian flavour combines well with Camps Bay cool at this beachfront restaurant.
- Umi Restaurant – Indulge in modern Japanese fare on the trendy Camps Bay beachfront.
- The Raj Restaurant – Every place worth visiting has a good Indian Restaurant. The Raj is it in Camps Bay.
- Café Caprice – Trendy and stylish, this restaurant has simple fare to enjoy for breakfast, lunch, sundowners and dinner.
- The Codfather – An old Camps Bay favourite just off the beachfront. Seafood and sushi are top orders here.
- The 41 – A contemporary Mediterranean eatery with premium views.
- Col’Cacchio – Good pizza, pasta and salads are the top fare at this successful chain restaurant.
- Azure Restaurant – Fine dining at an award-winning restaurant with a contemporary interior at The Twelve Apostles Hotel.
- The Lawns – Enjoy a picnic or comfort food here. This eatery at the Roundhouse is a relaxed forest fortress with a unique perspective on the famous Camps Bay view.
Camps Bay bars
There is never a lull in the Camps Bay nightlife at these trendy bars.
- Sunset Café – This sexy cocktail bar is part of the late-night scene (open until 2 am).
- Chinchilla Rooftop Café & Bar – Exclusivity is the order of the day at this adult café and bar. Leave the kids at home!
- Mynt Café – Sunrise or sundown, nothing is fresher than this little gem on the Camps Bay beachfront.
- Mantra Café – The mantra here is to take in the view with your sundowners.
- Café Caprice – Situated directly across from Camps Bay Beach, this trendy sunset viewing spot offers artisan cocktails, a café-style menu, relaxing lounges and sidewalk seating to experience the beachfront.
Camps Bay spas
Pamper sessions are part of the package in the best neighbourhoods. Check out any of these Camps Bay spas for your relaxation:
- Langaro Wellness Spa and Lifestyle Centre
- Mint Wellness Spa
- The Twelve Apostles Spa
- Sorbet Camps Bay
More fun in and around Camps Bay
Camps Bay is all about fun activities. Paragliding, surf skiing, kayaking, scuba diving, surfing, beach volleyball and cycling are all popular activities on Camps Bay’s doorstep. A walk on neighbouring Sea Point’s Promenade is a must while on vacation.
Camps Bay accommodation options
There is no shortage of stunning holiday rentals in Camps Bay. Wherever you choose to stay, accommodation in Camps Bay will suit your needs.
Camps Bay hotels
When privacy and space are not priorities, hotel accommodation is an option for short stays. The 5-star hotels in Camps Bay are located near the beachfront. They do tend to be pricey.
Camps Bay guest houses
Guest houses in the best area to stay in Cape Town are easy to come by. Similar to hotels, guests sacrifice privacy and discretion. Limited private space at B&Bs makes self-catering rentals in Camps Bay the better option if you want solitude.
Camps Bay self-catering
Upmarket apartments and spacious luxury villas in Camps Bay offer freedom to families, large groups and couples. If you are not sure where to stay in Cape Town, we recommend serviced self-catering accommodation in Camps Bay.
Holiday rentals appeal to vacationers who want the option to enjoy a quiet, comfortable meal at home. After a busy day, relaxing at home with a takeaway meal from a nearby restaurant and a good movie can be appealing.
An apartment or villa is perfect for privacy, choice and space. When you book with Nox Rentals, you don’t sacrifice any of the conveniences of hotel or guest house accommodation. Our concierge service ensures you have 24/7 access to advice and assistance.
Camps Bay weather overview
The location of Camps Bay appeals to visitors despite the weather. But, the best time to visit depends on the type of vacation you wish to have. Cape Town, similar to most areas in South Africa, has four distinct seasons with different appeals.
Summer – December to February
The South Easter wind can be strong during the hot summer months. Don’t let this put you off though. Summertime is lovely in Camps Bay. Sun worshippers can always find a sheltered spot on the nearby Glen or Clifton beaches. Summer sunsets are glorious in Camps Bay.
Autumn – March to May
Hot weather may persist for most of autumn. It’s a great time of the year for holidaymakers. It tends to be a little quieter and amenities more accessible than during peak season.
Winter – June to August
Benefit from preferential rates and special winter menus at restaurants during quiet winter months. Wintertime in Camps Bay sometimes surprise visitors with glorious sunny days.
There are always plenty of things to do, even if the weather does not play along. The cool weather makes for long moody beach walks. Watch out for visiting whales near the shore. Camps Bay’s hot spots have more than enough warm log fires where you can sip quality local red wine.
Spring – September to November
Spring days can still be cool. Winter rainfall often spills over into early Spring. However, it’s the best time to enjoy spring flowers everywhere. Active visitors will appreciate the natural beauty on the mountainside. The freshness of spring will leave you rejuvenated.
Nearby Camps Bay
Although Camps Bay has it all, there are also plenty of amazing places and activities nearby.
- Clifton beaches – Four lovely, intimate wind-free beaches within a few minutes’ drive.
- Llandudno beach – An exclusive little beach loved by surfers within easy reach.
- Hout Bay Market – Explore the “Republic of Hout Bay” and visit the Bay Harbour Market on the weekend.
- V&A Waterfront – Shopping, activities and lots to see and do, this is the tourism centre of the Cape (only a 20-minute drive from Camps Bay).
- Robben Island – A visit to this historic former prison island will enrich visitors.
- Table Mountain – Cape Town’s most celebrated landmark is on every visitor’s itinerary.
- Lion’s Head – Part of the Table Mountain range, an exciting hike up Lion’s Head can create lasting holiday memories.
- Signal Hill – Also part of the Table Mountain range, the “Lion’s Rump” offers magnificent Table Bay views to Robben Island.
- City Centre nightlife – For plenty of late-night action, head over to Bree, Kloof, or Long Street to become part of the vibe.
Only if you are tired of life itself, will you get tired of Camps Bay. Take your pick of the best area to stay in Cape Town: book your holiday home in Camps Bay with Nox Rentals and enjoy the best there is to life at the Southern tip of Africa.
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