Camps Bay beach is Cape Town’s most expensive neighbourhood with only the filthy rich affording the beach houses in the area. This, however, doesn’t mean a poor backpacker like me can’t enjoy a sundowner in this beautiful beach as we’re going to see in this post. Camps Bay is also a popular international wedding destination due to its picturesque landscape, sandy beach, and sunset.
Camps Bay is located beneath the Table Mountain, Lion’s Head, and the 12 Apostles mountain range giving it a breathtaking scenery. Some Capetonians will be quick to tell you that Camps Bay represents a little bit of Miami or the south of France in Africa.
My first time in Camps Bay beach was during the 2014 Rugby world cup finals between New Zealand and Australia and Cafe Caprice offered big screens and lively crowds, not forgetting the cocktails courtesy of the friendly staff at the bar.
When to visit
Summers in Cape town is unbeatable with temperatures ranging from 22 to 35 degrees Celsius. Summer season runs from November to late March. April to May is characterized by milder weather although the winds are stronger.
In the evenings, the wind blows so hard that your feet will constantly be punched by the sand pellets. This is the best excuse to whizz to the nearest bar for some sundowner cocktail.
What to wear/carry
Camps Bay beach is popular for sunbathing, beach sports like volleyball and ‘rugby’ and sunset cocktails. What to wear will be determined mostly by what time you visit. Summer is warm during the day and cold and windy during the night, therefore, a warm jacket for the night is recommended.
Other essentials include:
- A small beach bag/backpack for beach walks
- A pair of walking shoes/sandals for the romantic beach walks
- Bug spray
- Cash to buy ice cream when the ‘beach boys’ come to you. You’ll also need money to hire beach chairs and umbrellas
How to get to Camps Bay Beach
Camps Bay beach is located 20 minutes from city centre or 30 minutes from Cape Town International Airport by car. One can easily access Camps Bay by taxi, or as part of your city sightseeing trip on the Hop-on-Hop-off bus. Uber is the cheapest and most convenient.
Hop on to a local taxi or call Uber taxi to take you to Camps Bay beach. If going by a local taxi, remember to negotiate the price before jumping in.
Hop on the Red Sightseeing bus heading to Table Mountain and hop off at Camps Bay. The Mini Peninsula bus also stops at Camps Bay.
I won’t recommend driving to Camps Bay because of the limited parking space along Victoria road, and the traffic congestion in the evenings.
What’s the whole fuss on Camps Bay beach about?
- Day and night life – More than 20 international restaurants available
- Beaching around – Glen beach, Cliffton
- Hiking trail to top of Table Mountain
- Take one of the most scenic drives in the world and marvel at the views
Well, if you don’t believe me, check the below photos for yourself:
Although it tends to get very windy in the evenings, many people still drive to Camps Bay to watch the beautiful sunset. You too can’t afford to miss this.
Get some ‘sand-between-my-feet’ moments under the 12 Apostles and overlooking Lion’s Head.
Views of Camps Bay beach you get when hiking the Table Mountain. How gorgeous!
Camps Bay can get packed in the evening causing a little bit of traffic. Be prepared for that in case you’re planning to dash to the airport after your sundowner.
Camps Bay is the go-to place when visiting Cape Town. You just can’t help but love the relaxed atmosphere not so far away from downtown.
Which is your favorite chilling joint in Camps Bay? Share with us on the comments section below.