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Your guide to Camps Bay
All About Camps Bay
A suburb of Capetown, the beachfront community of Camps Bay attracts everyone from surfers to international celebrities who come here for the powdery white sands, turquoise waters, and some of the best shopping and dining in South Africa. Its palm-lined districts stand in stark contrast to the region’s golden hills, sheltered under the ever-present Twelve Apostles mountain range. Camps Bay takes its nightlife seriously, with a mix of jazz cafes and music venues rubbing elbows with pubs and nightclubs. Camps Bay also puts you in position to easily access the broader cultural offerings of Cape Town — South Africa's legislative and cultural capital — as well as sprawling Table Mountain National Park. Its dense forests are home to troops of baboons while its pristine beaches host rare African Penguin colonies.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Camps Bay?
The Mediterranean climate of Cape Town and Camps Bay is mild and pleasant throughout the year, with warm and dry summers that are excellent for sunbathing, swimming, hiking, and wandering through town. The moderately rainy and cool winter season is still fantastic for getting out in nature, though it may be too cold for some to enjoy the water during this time.
Travelers should keep in mind that South Africa is in the southern hemisphere, meaning seasonal variations and weather patterns are opposite of those in North America. The warm summer months in this part of the world run from December through February, and the winters begin in June and conclude at the end of August. Travelers should always keep an eye out for possible rain. When it comes to festivities and events, Cape Town has several throughout the year, including a jazz festival in March.
What are the top things to do in Camps Bay?
Camps Bay Beach
Just steps from the town's main drag, this vast beach runs nearly the length of Camps Bay, with soft sands that make for excellent beach lounging and sunbathing. Imposing rock formations at one end of the beach block the heavy swells, creating calm, pool-like conditions that make the area a popular destination for swimming and snorkeling. If you’re looking to do some surfing, the steady breaks at Glen Beach are five minutes north.
Table Mountain National Park
The imposing mountain formation towering above Cape Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and national park extending from high mountain peaks to secluded beaches. The park is home to colonies of endangered African penguins and some of the rarest ecologies found in the world. A cable car is available to bring you to the top of the park, where you can explore an on-site museum or hike more than 100 trails.
Victoria Road Seafood
The Victoria Road promenade is Camps Bay’s de facto seafood district, with high-end restaurants on the beach and low-key eateries offering up everything from raw oysters and fried calamari to lobster platters and fish and chip baskets. Some restaurants don't even have a menu, choosing instead to offer a selection of daily catch prepared to suit your tastes and preferences. And with Cape Town hosting the 10-day Knysna Oyster Festival in July, there is no shortage of ways to celebrate the region's renowned culinary traditions.