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Hout Bay

Explore this coastal Cape Town suburb to find a charming harbour, bustling markets, seafood restaurants, boat tours and scenic driving routes.

Hout Bay is a scenic village in between magnificent Chapman’s Peak and a wide bay, just south from central Cape Town. Visit this charming waterfront district for its beaches, abundant wildlife, fresh seafood and local markets.

The beach at Hout Bay is wide and has calm waters. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the beach or take a dip on a hot summer’s day. Wander to the Mariner’s Wharf to see the comings and goings of the harbour. Take a seat at one of the restaurants on the wharf and try fresh and local yellowfin tuna.

A short walk along the waterfront will bring you to Bay Harbour, a diverse marketplace with over 100 stalls and a stage for live music. Find regional art and handicrafts as well as fresh seafood and organic produce. The market is open Friday to Sunday and closed on public holidays.

Jump on a charter boat tour from the harbour and explore around Sentinel Mountain to the little landmass of Duiker Island. Here, you can see South African fur seals lounging on the rocks. Nearby, spot the famous surf spot Dungeons, where surfers from around the world compete in annual competitions. Join a sea kayaking tour for a closer look at the shoreline and towering cliffs of Chapman’s Peak.

Don’t miss the World of Birds Wildlife Sanctuary and Monkey Park. This destination features over 3,000 birds as well as baboons, monkeys and meerkats in exciting walkthrough enclosures. Open daily, this wildlife park is only 10-minutes’ drive from the marina.

Discover the Chapman’s Peak Drive, a 9-kilometre (5-mile) hiking and driving route that cuts through the mountainside and winds past beautiful coastal views and picnic areas.

Hout Bay is approximately 25 minutes from central Cape Town by car. Catch a hop-on hop-off tourist bus to Hout Bay or make the scenic drive in a rental car through the coastal roads or scenic Table Mountain route. Car parking is available at the marina.

Popular Activities at Hout Bay Beach

There are so many ways to get the most out of this place. Here's just some things to do at Hout Bay Beach:

If you'd like more activities, take a look at our Cape Town things to do page.


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Chapmans Peak Hotel
Reviewed on 8 Jan. 2019
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Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town, Western Cape
     
    4.6 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Fantastic setting on the corner of the bay in beautiful Hout Bay, yet convenient for all the Cape Town tourist sites. The hotel is delightful, friendly, with a good restaurant. Normally I go out to look for places to eat, here I didn't bother as the restaurant is popular, characterful and good value. ...

    Beach House Hout Bay AU$82
    Reviewed on 21 May 2018
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    Beach House Hout Bay

    Beach House Hout Bay

    18 Princess Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
       
      4.2 of 5
      3.0 out of 5.0

      It was an excellent place to stay right near the beach and you couldn't get better service, the breakfast was delicious and plenty of it, rooms comfortable and a good bed to sleep in, they had water restrictions but that was all of Cape Town so you just had to be careful and not waste water. Couldn't ...

      Sea La Vie Hout Bay
      Sea La Vie Hout Bay

      Sea La Vie Hout Bay

      4 Alexander Avenue, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
         
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Hout Bay, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hout Bay Beach and Hout Bay Craft Market. Bay Harbour Market and World of Birds are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)
        Reviewed on 31 Mar. 2019
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        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)

        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)

        46 Main Road, Unit Number 9 Harbour View, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
           
          5.0 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0

          A beautiful, well furnished and spacious apartment with lots of amenities, overlooking Hout Bay. Huge, high resolution TV with lots of channels and Netflix. Fast Wifi. Kitchen appliances include coffee maker, toaster, oven, microwave oven, dishwasher, etc. Large balcony suitable for breakfast with ...

          Hout Bay Beach Cottage
          Hout Bay Beach Cottage

          Hout Bay Beach Cottage

          16 Albert Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Cape Town, Western Cape
             
            4.0 out of 5.0

            Located in Hout Bay, this cottage is within a 10-minute walk of Hout Bay Beach and Hout Bay Harbour. Chapmans Peak and Camps Bay Beach are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Hout Bay Manor
            Reviewed on 6 Mar. 2017
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            Hout Bay Manor

            Hout Bay Manor

            Baviaanskloof Off Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
               
              4.2 of 5
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Heard so much about this hotel, but didn't quite live up to its reputation, beautiful building and decor but lacks atmosphere. We had to search for staff to serve us a pre dinner and post dinner drink! Think more staffing is required.

              Brightwater Lodge
              Reviewed on 7 Apr. 2018
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              Brightwater Lodge

              Brightwater Lodge

              9 Brighton Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                 
                4.4 of 5
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                It were wonderful.I like stay there.

                Villa Afrique - Guest House
                Reviewed on 17 Oct. 2018
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                Villa Afrique - Guest House

                Villa Afrique - Guest House

                29 Sluyskin Road Hout Bay, Cape Town, Western Cape
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Villa Afriqie is a gorgeous guest house. The rooms are spacious and the bed was so comfortable. Alma is a fantastic hostess, very friendly and helpful. We stayed here for 2 nights, there is plenty to see and do in the area. Alma recommended we took the “hop on, hop off” bus tour which leaves from ...