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When the people call for “trendy”, Cape Town answers with Camps Bay. And this chic seaside suburb boasts plenty to earn the reputation.
The main draw? Undoubtedly its sumptuous, palm-fringed beach. Backdropped by the impressive 12 Apostles mountain formation and hugged by the surging Atlantic Ocean, its sands are a favourite amongst Cape Town’s locals – as well as being regularly voted as one of the world’s best. Oh yes, this is a city that knows how to please its sun-worshippers.
But it’s not just Camps Bay’s beaches that have led to it be South Africa’s most Instagrammed suburb. This stretch of crescent-shaped-coast knits together a cool bar and restaurant scene with its natural beauty, resulting in the ultimate stylish retreat for holiday-makers and Capetonians alike.
With your fair share of sunbathing done for the day, rent a bike and cycle from Camps Bay station to Sea Point to discover the magic of Cape Town’s seemingly never-ending coastline.
Or, to continue the theme of viewing the city’s picturesque settings from up high, Cape Town’s lesser-known Tranquility Cracks makes for a deliciously serene hike.
Back down at sea-level, one look at the swanky ‘strip’ that looks out over the sand and the affluence of Camps Bay is plain to see – but this isn’t just a playground for the rich and famous. Having enjoyed the myriad delights of the bay’s natural beauty, head to the street that lines it for the tried-and-tested combination of seafood and sundowners. And it hasn’t been nicknamed “sunset strip” without reason – cameras at the ready because a classic ocean sunset never gets old and Camps Bay was practically made to be captured in this pastel light.
Keen photographers – or those who just love the romance of a good sunset – should head to Camps Bay’s tidal pools to catch the fading sun in their reflection. Surrounded by boulders, the stillness of these pools make for some incredible scenery as they mirror the looming Twelve Apostles back at you. This is the perfect spot for an early evening picnic. Just remember to stop off at one of Cape Town’s farmers markets beforehand to stock up on some picnic-perfect-produce and a bottle of local wine – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Camps Bay is a must for anyone looking for some well-deserved R&R in between seeing the city’s many sights. Make sure to make use of the hop-on hop-off bus tour of Cape Town – that is included in both our Classic and Garden Route base itineraries – to soak in the beachy delights of Camps Bay. Head over to our itinerary builder now to start planning your Southern Africa adventure.
Just a 10 minute drive from Cape Town’s inner-city buzz.
Summer in Cape Town is made for beach lounging – if a day on the bay’s platinum-blonde sands is what you’re after, get here early to bag a good spot as this beach is popular. And, if you haven’t got time in your schedule for an oceanside day, make time for an oceanside sunset here. Cocktail in hand, you’ll have no regrets about this one.
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