Between the azure Atlantic Ocean and the Twelve Apostle mountains lies the picturesque town of Camps Bay. Showcasing its white and tranquil beaches, Camps Bay draws in foodies, sunbathers, night owls and explorers to its crystal shores.
The Beaches of Camps Bay
Camps Bay is a local paradise inside the cove of the Cape Peninsula. Just a short drive from the city center, this seaside town is home to some of Cape Town’s most spectacular beaches.
Camps Bay Beach
At the back of the breathtaking Table Mountain lies this spacious beach known for its idyllic beach and Mediterranean feel. Camps Bay beach is usually filled with surfers and sunbathers alike, soaking in the beauty that the Cape’s shoreline has to offer. The beach is very popular, and generally hosts a few events during summer. It’s also a great spot to watch dolphins. Camps Bay beach sits on the vibrant Victoria street, which hosts numerous upscale eateries and cocktail bars. (Including Cafe Caprice and Hard Rock Cafe) Voted as one of the top 25 beaches in Africa, Camps Bay beach is definitely a stop you do not want to skim over.
Enclosed between great granite boulders, Glen Beach is the perfect getaway spot for those looking to shy away from the South Easter. The beach is nestled between Clifton and Camps Bay Beach, giving it a relaxed less-populated feeling. It’s known as a local surfers paradise, due to its strong and hollow waves.
Known for its exquisite views of the Twelve Apostle mountain range, Maidens Cove is a beautiful beach located next to Glen beach. One of its key attractions is the Tidal Pool, where relaxing in the cooling water while watching the beautiful sunset is definitely the order of the day. There is also a very popular grass area with public Braai areas- perfect for a relaxing picnic.
Best Time to Visit Camps Bay
The best months to head down to Camps Bay for a beach visit is early December till late April. During the summer, lifeguards patrol the shores of the various beaches. The lifeguard schedules tend to be built around the school holiday dates, which change every summer holiday season.
Camps bay is also home to the famous Pipe neck Walk, which runs across the back of Table Mountain. This trail is best visited during Autumn and Spring, as Winter might cause very strong winds and heavy rainfall, while Summer on the African coast tends to be extremely hot.
Exploring the Town
Camps Bay prides itself on being an upscale tourist destination. The eateries, shopping spots, and theater are open all-year round. These spots are bound to various opening times, so make sure to check their trading hours beforehand.
Join us on our Cape Point & Peninsula Day Tour and visit the Breathtaking Shore Town of Camps bay! Other stops on this tour include the Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve, Chapman’s Peak, a cruise to Duiker Island from Houtbay and many more scenic stops.