Camps Bay can be summed up in one glorious image: a palm-lined boulevard looking out over a sweeping blue bay, clinking cocktail glasses filling the air as Cape Town’s most glamorous residents and visitors mingle. If you want to experience what a Cape Town summer is all about, put Camps Bay on your holiday itinerary.
Situated just a 15-minute drive from the city centre or V&A Waterfront, Camps Bay was made for Cape Town's December - February mid-summer months. On hot sunny days the beach is busy, the sea bracing and the atmosphere stylish. Cafés, bars and restaurants line the main road and it's almost impossible not to be tempted to stop off for lunch or, since Camps Bay faces the Atlantic Ocean sunset, an early evening cocktail.
Yet despite the glitz and glamour, Camps Bay remains a casual, unhurried destination and is as suitable for families with children as much as it is for honeymooners or groups of friends. There's a wide range of Camps Bay holiday accommodation to suit all tastes as well as local shops and easy access to Table Mountain and the rest of the Peninsula. You'll enjoy beautiful ocean and sunset views too: Camps Bay’s hotels, private villas and guesthouses sit on the slopes of the Twelve Apostles mountain range whose towering peaks loom over the beach.
At a Glance
With its indulgent, Mediterranean ambience, Cape Town's most famous beach is only a few minutes away from town and is the epicentre of the Cape summer experience.