Palm-fringed, with platinum blonde sands (and bathers to match), Camps Bay beach is where the well-to-do and the famous congregate to see, and be seen. This Cape Town beach is all about being gorgeous, from its manicured shoreline overlooked by millionaire’s mansions, to dazzling sunsets and minimalist swimwear.

Did you know?

Between Camps Bay and Llandudno lies Justin's Cave - a labyrinth of underwater caverns to dive.    

Located between Bakoven and fashionable Clifton, Camps Bay Beach is the Blue Flag beauty among a string of trendy Atlantic seaboard beaches along this scenic stretch of coastline.

Named after sailor, Frederick von Kamptz, Camps Bay was originally a farm set against the 'the twelve great buttresses of the back of Table Mountain', better known as the Twelve Apostles.

Today, the slopes overlooking this Cape Town beach are littered with expensive multi-story penthouses and designer apartments, only accessible via ultra-skinny roads, and all vying for the best sea views.

During peak season, from December to February, Victoria Road marine drive is jammed with holiday-makers in search of some sun and a celebrity autograph or two. Parking is always at a premium, so come early or be prepared to walk. The scenery and constant parade of beautiful bodies heading for the beach are all part of the Camps Bay experience and make for an entertaining stroll.

On the beach, choose a grassy knoll, popular with families for picnicking, or head for the sand and watch skimpily clad beach babes of both sexes strut their stuff. Swimming here is for diehards only, with water temperatures a chilly 10 to 14 degrees C in summer, and there's often a strong backwash. Lifeguards are on duty in season if you're determined to take a dip.

If hours of sun and thong watching have raised your temperature, cool off in the natural tidal pool, or head for one of the stylish sundowner venues overlooking the bay. Heaven is a fresh seafood platter, an ice-cold beer or flute of champagne, and a Camps Bay sunset.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Camps Bay Tourism
Tel: +27 (0)21 438 3972

How to get here

Although Camps Bay is well-served by taxis and buses, we recommend hiring your own vehicle. A cruise around Camps Bay lets you ogle the beautiful bodies and scenery.

How to get around

Car hire is the way to go, but if you’re staying mostly around Camps Bay, walking is a safe option. Hail a taxi for tired feet.

What to pack

In summer a hat and sunscreen are non-negotiable. Unless you plan to visit Sandy Bay, a nearby nudist beach, you’ll need a swimming costume too – the skimpier the better.

Where to stay

Pick a cliff-side penthouse with millionaire panoramas over the Atlantic, a cosy B&B, elegant guest houses or an all-luxury hotel. Top-notch service comes standard.

What to eat

Camps Bay has over 20 restaurants and cafés. Picnic on the beach, linger over lunch and splash out on seafood.