Camps Bay is a wealthy and chic suburb in Cape Town, South Africa. Its location, at the edge of the beautiful Atlantic Ocean, and the many beaches along its coastlines were contributing factors why it was once regarded to be Cape Town’s main port. Nowadays, Camps Bay is a world-renowned tourist destination.
Accessible through Clifton from the north and Sea Point from the other end, Camps Bay is almost always included in any Cape Town tour. And with its many remarkable attractions, visiting this place is an exhilarating experience one would never regret. Known for its many lovely beaches scattered with lovely palm trees, it is a favorite spot for beach holidays. Its mixture of funky restaurants, festive nightlife and the surrounding natural marvels attracts an enormous amount of visitors from different parts of the world.
Having some of the most amazing views of the majestic peaks of the Twelve Apostles and Lion’s Head, Camps Bay charms its visitors effortlessly. The surrounding beauty of greens and blues greets and welcomes everyone, promising a one of a kind experience.
Popular Victoria Road, Camps Bay’s main road, was once a famous picnic site, and is now teeming with cafes, pubs and shops. Explore on foot and choose from its wide variety of well-known restaurants to have your unique gastronomical experience. Adjacent to this long stretch of eating places is another lengthy stretch of white sandy beaches.
Camps Bay Beach is the largest beach in the area. It is also the most touristy of all the beaches in Camps Bay. It is a designated Blue Flag Beach and is equipped with a lifeguard station and other safety measures to protect its visitors. Famous people such as supermodels and celebrities are frequently spotted on this beach having a wonderful time. This may be attributed to the many world-class hotels in the vicinity, featuring state of the art amenities and providing first class services. Some of these hotels are The Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa and The Bay Hotel with its excellent views of the beach. There is also an array of accommodations to suit anyone’s need and budget should one decide to stay for a little while. Apartments, villas, guesthouses and even bed and breakfasts are commonly available.
For some privacy and solitude, visit the small residential village of Bakoven. Named after the massive rock off its shore resembling an oven door, Bakoven Beach includes some sheltered coves perfect for a quiet and solitary vacation. Take a walk along the row of old beachfront houses and admire these South African National Heritage Sites. Accommodation in this area includes Blue Waters, Ocean View House, Bakoven Bliss and Bakoven Bay Cottages.
Scuba divers should take note of Oudekraal Beach. Just next to Bakoven, Oudekraal is a well-known dive site. With its collection of huge boulders veiled with sponges and soft corals, divers will definitely enjoy a dip in the waters of Oudekraal Beach. Huis te Crayenstein, an old ship wreck nearby, provides a different adventure for divers. Another great diving area is in Lui Bay, also called Witsand. It has two sunken vessels for divers to explore: Romelia and The Antipolis.
At the right side of Camps Bay Beach lies Glen Beach, the best surfing beach in Camps Bay. Its snow-white sand, the colossal granite boulders flanking the beach and the stunning views of Lion’s Head and The Twelve Apostles are some of its attractions, but most people come here to enjoy surfing. The challenges its waters present, having one of Cape Town’s hardest beach breaks, never fail to captivate every surfer’s heart.
A short walk from Glen Beach, and Camps Bay Beach, leads to the fantastic Theater on the Bay. With its generous offerings of different shows, this theater is a must-visit. From drama to comedy, musicals to cabaret, it provides endless selections of entertainment for everyone. Though not the largest in Cape Town, Theater on the Bay is one of the most popular ones. The 250-seat theater with its medium-sized platform is equipped with a coffee lounge, a bar, and a remarkable restaurant that opens for dinner before or after a show, just enough for a cozy, unforgettable night in Camps Bay.