Camps Bay offers great villas to rent and a Cape Town holiday you’ll never forget. Here is a full A to Z of things to love about Camps Bay, a trendy strip of restaurants and cocktail bars along a pristine white beach.
A is for Architecture
Camps Bay is an expression of modern elegance and minimalist style. Enjoy walking past apartment blocks and holiday homes designed by top international and local architects like Stefan Antoni and Greg Wright. You can even stay in a villa designed by a great architect, and be surrounded by a work of art your entire holiday.
B is for Blue Flag Beach
Camps Bay beach proudly holds the honour of full Blue Flag Beach status, an international badge of honour awarded to pristine beaches all over the world. Camps Bay beach proudly holds the honour of full Blue Flag Status, as do Clifton and Llandudno nearby. A Blue Flag Beach is measured by its amenities, safety, freedom from pollution and water quality. Search for a villa in Camps Bay that’s a stone’s throw from the beach. Once you see the idyllic white sands and enjoy the heat of summer, you’ll be glad you did!
C is for Cocktails
Say cheers! Camps Bay is known for its cocktail bars. Celebrate your beach holiday with cocktails named for the occasion! Shout out an order for a 2 Oceans Vibe at Caprice, The Mermaid at The Bungalow and The Perfect Morning or Sundowner at Paranga. To go with your cocktails are perfect golden sunsets over the Atlantic Ocean.
D is for Delicacies
Many travellers love the privacy and freedom of a villa as well as the opportunity to experiment with local cuisine. Stock up at Camps Bay’s large Pick n’ Pay supermarket which offers fresh vegetables, braai meat and all you will need for a basic dinner. For rarer, finer ingredients, head a little further afield to Woolworths in Hout Bay or to Garden Centre in Gardens, town for Raith Gourmet German Butchery and delicatessen. There’s also a top butchery on Kloof Street called Gardens Continental Butchery.
E is for Escape
Once you’ve escaped your home town for Camps Bay, you may never want to leave. However just to mix your holiday up a little you could plan a day-trip to one of Cape Town’s nearby towns. Franschoek is an elegant French style town with a motor museum, a (French vegetable) garden of delights called Babylonstoren and restaurants that come top in competitions every year. Stellenbosch is a vibey student town with the best wine tasting in the Cape. Up the west coast, try Langebaan for a long lunch on the beach while watching kite-surfers play.
F is for Family-friendly
Camps Bay is ideal for families – with the beach just a short stroll away, restaurants aplenty and so much to do around Cape Town. Part of a great holiday with the family is giving yourself at least one night off! Sitters4U offers screened and experienced once-off sitters. They’ll come to you, allowing your children to stay in the comfort of your family-friendly self catering cottage.
G is for the Glowing tan
If you haven’t come to SA beach ready, don’t sweat, one day on the beach and you’ll be truly sun-kissed. Just take it slowly and apply loads of high factor sunscreen – the sun is harsher here. First head to Camps Bay’s favourite bikini store, Rainbow Swimwear for a lovely suit. If you’d really rather fake it ‘till you make it visit The Bay Skincare Institute in Camps Bay or Bronze.int on Buitenkant Street, Gardens for spray on tan.
H is for Honeymoon
A romantic Villa in Camps Bay is an ideal place to romance your new bride. Wow her with a villa that is luxurious, secluded, glamorous, with the most romantic views of a city named as best destination in the world by Tripadvisor. There’s a great range of private villas that are close to great restaurant, top spas excellent beaches that will make you proud to surprise her with a Camps Bay honeymoon! Book now to avoid any disappointment.
I is for Information
For all you need to know about Cape Town happenings, hop on capetownmagazine.com , whatsonincapetown.com and capetownlive.com for great listings of fun events. For top eateries and chefs making headlines visit www.eatout.co.za for classy reviews of top cuisine.
J is for Jewels
South Africa is known for its diamond and tanzanite jewellery. Order up a bespoke piece or select something from the window at Manfred Karner Designer Jewellery Studio in Camps Bay or visit Uwe Koetter in the Cape Quarter, Green Point for caring service and creative design.
K is for Kindness
Voluntourism is sweeping the globe as travellers long for a mix of relaxation and realism. If you’d like to add some depth to your seaside experience, join many visitors and take in an experience of a local NGO. The Tourism Community Development Trust will help introduce you to a number of excellent causes. Greenpop is also a great organisation that has started a Treevolution by planting trees in communities and underpriviledged schools in SA and Zambia.
L is for Laser Treatment
Camps Bay is where the beautiful people go so it makes sense that it would host an established skin care centre like The Bay Skin Care Institute. Laser treatment for pigmentation, botox for the odd wrinkle and microdermabrasion could all ensure you certainly come home from your holiday looking ten years younger. Many treatments are designed with minimal down-time, so you’ll be back on the beach in no time.
M is for Model-magnet
In summer local and overseas models flock to Cape Town for season, definitely upping the eye candy all around! With its picturesque setting and lively advertising and film industry, Cape Town is the place (for models) to be. The model crowd simply loves the glamour and vibe of Camps Bay and you’ll be sure to find a few beauties at Caprice.
N is for Night out
Cape Town night life sizzles. In Camps Bay you’ll find Sinsation (ex Karma and Nisha) a Groove bar and cocktail lounge with a great view of the ocean. If you love it live head to the East End of town to The Assembly, or find Zula Bar in Long Street. Chukkachurri is a well-kept secret – a quirky, cosy, much-loved club with excellent DJ’s in Green Point. For a truly big night out hit uber trendyTrinity which should keep you moving into the early hours with progressive beats. For something more mainstream, eighties retro Decodance in Sea Point or Tiger Tiger in Claremont should hit the spot.
O is for the Open Road
Camps Bay is edged by amazing stretches of winding roads, tracing the edge of crashing seas below and towering clifftops above. So hire a Harley Davidson for a thrilling day out. After cruising past the strip full of trendy bars, take a short ride past Hout Bay and you’ll come to impressive Chapman’s Peak. Here you can lean into the twists and turns while admiring the mountains above and the bay below. Then stop in at Café Roux at Noordhoek Village for a coffee or a bite to eat before heading home.
P is for Pipe Track
The Pipe Track is a favourite walk amongst locals. Its starts at Kloof Nek and runs along to front of the Twelve Apostles with spectacular views of Camps Bay beach below. It’s also free and easy to get to from most holiday homes in Camps Bay. There are hundreds of ways to head up the mountain – Mike Lundy is the author of a much-used hiking guide, visit his site at hikecapetown.co.za.
Q is for Quality
Many visitors return home, brimming with comments about their excellent holiday in Cape Town. Whether it was the excellent food, stunning scenery, encounters with nature or the experience with fun local culture the comments keep flowing “ Quality” “Such a value for money holiday”, “Definitely coming back”. Just what we like to hear!
R is for Retreat
The Camps Bay Retreat is a wonderful 5 star spa on a large estate. It has a meditation pool, its very own small forest and stunning views of the Twelve Apostles mountain range. Treatment packages include Outdoor nature baths, The Jetlag (perfect for travellers), Love Actually for couples and the Man-oh-Man with a macho approach to spas.
S is for Seafood
Come hungry because Camps Bay serves up a mean seafood platter. Tuscany beach is a glam Seaside Restaurant that serves up a sea food platter with crayfish, prawns, linefish and calamari. Their seafood Espetada is also a treat. For a fine dining seafood experience head to Blues and sample their linefish of the day or seafood platter. The Codfather is well known for their sushi and seafood which you select fresh and its cooked for you.
T is for Thirty Degrees Celsius
Summer doesn’t happen in half measures in Camps Bay. When you’re in the deep end of December, the mercury will towards thirty degrees daily. In Spring (September to October) you’ll also find balmy, perfect days and in February to March the hot weather continues, but there’s nothing that serves up beach-perfect weather like December in Camps Bay. For a five day forecast call on the Wind-guru website, favoured by surfers in Cape Town.
U is for upmarket
Camps Bay is one of Cape Town’s most swanky suburbs. Known for its high-end properties, beautiful classy people and classy restaurants, Camps Bay is certainly up-town! Make sure you holiday in a luxury villa that celebrate the very essence of Camps Bay. Click on and book a Camps Bay villa that hosts all your friends and brings on every luxury you could need, from pool tables, to DSTV flat screen TV, outdoor dining and beautiful rim-flow pools.
V is for Villas
Hotels right by the beach are in short supply in Camps Bay, but a host of Camps Bay villas are perfectly located, stylish, luxurious and so plentiful you’ll certainly find one in your price range. Whether you’re flush or on a budget, there’s one that will grab your attention.
W is for World-food
Sure you came to the tip of Africa, but Camps Bay serves up cuisine from all over the world. Go Greek at Mezepoli (enjoy humous, spinach salad and lamb shank in olive oil ) experience India at the Raj (tikka masala, vindaloo or jalfrezi) and feel at home with Italian at Zenzero or Col’cacchio’s (their celeb chef designed pizzas are a treat!).
X is for Xtreme Sports
Adventure is easy to find in Cape Town. Paraglide off Lion’s Head, go Canyoning down Suicide Gorge, Skydive and drop 10 000 feet, learn to Surf or Kitesurf in Blouberg, Do your Openwater 1 in Muizenberg and learn to dive. Capetonians are also keen triathletes, trail runners and mountain bikers – the mountain is their playground and while you’re staying in Camps Bay, it can easily be yours too.
Y is for Yachts
Every celebrity beauty worth some tabloid ink has had shots printed of her cavorting around a yacht moored alongside a glamorous seaside location. Don’t miss out, here’s your chance. Hire a yacht or Catamaran Cruiser to take you from the Waterfront to Clifton and Camps Bay. You get to enjoy the luxurious feel of a day on a yacht, gentle background music, a braai and trampoline and a beautiful setting.
Z is for Zoom
Beef up your camera lenses before you come on holiday to Camps Bay. The epic scenery is not all you can capture, there’s volleyball action on the beach, the finer details of flora and fauna up on the mountain and great people watching in the cafes and cocktail bars. Cape Town also offers excellent events from beach and garden concerts to fireworks on New Year’s Eve.
Great. We’ve still got plenty of reasons to visit Cape Town – we could mention C for culture, S for shopping, T for Table Mountain, w for wine. Words aren’t enough to explain it, you’ll just have to come see for yourself!