Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town
Camps Bay has long been a favourite destination for overseas visitors to Cape Town. Just behind Table Mountain, nestled beneath Lions Head and the majestic Twelve Apostles, and boasting a magnificent palm fringed sandy beach, Camps Bay is a real gem.
I`ll love coming here this one of many beaches I enjoy spending time at.
For those of you lucky enough to be visting Cape Town, one of the MUST DO things you have to put on the list, is visit the stunning beaches that are Camps Bay or Clifton (Beaches numbered 1,2,3 and 4).
Get some snacks and go and sit on the white sandy beach and watch the sun go down, its just stunning!
Camps Bay is a beautiful beach suburb, about 15 minutes drive from the centre. It's the perfect place to sit in one of the street cafés and watch the sunset while enjoying a sundowner.
The beach is very nice, but the water is too cold for my liking and the waves were very high when i visited.
Definately Camps Bay is THE place to go during the summer. It's the coolest place to be if you want to show off some skin. During December and January you'll be able to see some topless girls sunbathing on its white sands. The water is cold, but then again, if you're use to cold water (as I am), temperature won't be a problem.
I have now visited Boulders, Simon's Town, Camps Bay, Fish Hoek, and more and the beaches are beautiful and inviting. The sand is like fine talcum powder and a pleasure to walk through.
I didn't try the water as it was not yet summmer.
Relax at Camp's Bay. It's an upmarket seaside resort with a few nice restaurants and a lovely sandy beach. In the back are The Twelve Apostles (mountain chain).
You can rent sunbeds, matresses and umbrella's at the beach. There's a open air shower on the beach and clean public toilets.
If you are driving fromt he city to Camps bay the most scenic way to get there is via Kloof road. Drive up Buitengracht which becomes Kloof Nek Road. When you get to the top of the hill there will be a sign to Signal hill on the right (Table mountain cableway left), turn right but take the the road just after the signal hill road - koof road. The views of Camps Bay and the twelve apostles are fantastic!
Camps Bay beach is another very fashionable beach inhabited by all of Cape Town's beautiful people. There are restaurants across the road, very popular beach for beach sport (volleyball etc).
The beach has the twelve apostles as a backdrop, what more could you want!
I enjoyed spending a couple days at Cape Town's beautiful beaches. From the waterfront, I was able to catch a very crowded minivan for the short drive to Clifton Beach. From here you can walk to Camp's Bay Beach. The water was very cold, but the sunshine and sand were very warm.
Neglected as an isolated spot along a dangerous stretch of coastline watched by a few soldiers dispatched from Cape Town on the other side of Kloof Nek, Camps Bay was the area selected for a summer home for the governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony in the 1820's, but it really wasn't until 1901 that development began with the laying of streetcar tracks between Sea Point and Camps Bay with subdivision of land into building lots following that development by local developers. The beauty of the area led to a slow but constant development and today, Camps Bay is home to some of the most expensive real estate in all of Africa - much of it being owned by part-time foreigners (Before leaping to make that million dollar impulse purchase, remember that foreigners are not allowed to mortgage over 50% of the purchase price!). Traffic and parking can be very difficult, especially on weekends when the Cape Doctor is not blowing. A large grouping of restaurants can be found along the main beach - one of the best beaches to be found in the immediate vicinity of Cape Town. A large enclosed tidal pool is found on the south end of the beach near Bakoven Bay providing a little more security for the swimmer eschewing the open sea.
Both Clifton and Camps Bay are just a short drive south of Cape Town. Clifton is known as the "Rich and Famous" area.
It is very beautiful, there are cafes and some small shops, plenty of nice walks and the small beach where if you wanted you could swim.
The views on the drive down here are so very nice, we were stopping all the time to take piccies of the coastline and the scenery!
Camps Bay is another trendy suburb, and one of my favorite places in Cape Town. It's situated on the slopes of an impressive, green mountain range, there's a long white-sand beach, and fantastic cafés and restaurants with a view.
I am just gonna provide important websites for more information on Things to do around Cape town, so you can book inadvance if you wish.
www.citysightseeing.co.za/capeTown.php (Bus tour - Covers alot of places)
www.webticket.co.za (Here you can get tickets for the Cable car or Cruise to the Robben Island)
You can also choose to visit V & A Waterfront for more info on Cruises and Helicopter tours.
ooh another tip is that the best time to visit Cape town is between October and March, From May till late September It's rainy and cold since it would be winter by then.
For beach-lovers, this is might be the most beautiful beach in Cape Town. Not very far from V&A Waterfront (the Topless Buses both Red & Blue also make a stop here), the beach gets really crowded on school holidays and on weekends' evenings. Though the water is sometimes too cold to enter, most of the Cape Townian enjoy lying on the beach getting their skin tanned. *Don't leave your belongings unattended, mugging always happens*
In Camps Bay you can find more than 20 restaurants, and about 20 accommodation establishments offering the South African hospitality and panoramic views.
Camps Bay is an ideal location to explore Cape Town.
Couples from around the world are coming in Cape Town to organize their fine wedding and Camps Bay is the place to make every wedding dream come true.
Camp Bay is a favourite wedding destination, and the couples have given each other their vows on Camps Bay beach, in the Rotunda at the Bay Hotel or at a guest house or even on top of Table Mountain looking down onto the Bay.
The Bay Hotel Cape Town is a luxury, five star hotel situated in Camps Bay, featuring a spa, wedding and conference rooms.