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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

Give yourself lots of time at Hout Bay Beach. Here are the most popular activities:

Have a look at our Cape Town things to do page to discover more activities in the area.


Guide to Exploring Hout Bay Beach


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Chapmans Peak Hotel AU$239
Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Hotel

Chapmans Peak Drive, Cape Town
     
    4.6
    of 5, from 56 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Hout Bay hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hout Bay Craft Market, Hout Bay Beach, and Sandy Bay Beach. Llandudno Beach and Noordhoek Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

    Beach House Hout Bay AU$95
    Beach House Hout Bay

    Beach House Hout Bay

    18 Princess Street, Hout Bay, Cape Town
       
      4.2
      of 5, from 54 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Nestled on the beach, this Hout Bay guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Sandy Bay Beach, and Llandudno Beach. Noordhoek Beach and Constantiaberg are also within 6 mi (10 km).

      Sea La Vie Hout Bay AU$183
      Sea La Vie Hout Bay

      Sea La Vie Hout Bay

      4 Alexander Avenue, Cape Town
         
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Located in Hout Bay, this apartment building is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Hout Bay Craft Market, and Bay Harbour Market. Sandy Bay Beach and Constantiaberg are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)
        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)

        dk villas 1 Harbour View (Hout Bay)

        46 Main Road, Unit Number 9 Harbour View, Cape Town
           
          4.0 out of 5.0

          This apartment building is located in Cape Town (Hout Bay), close to Hout Bay Craft Market, Hout Bay Beach, and Bay Harbour Market. Also nearby are Constantiaberg and World of Birds.

          Hout Bay Beach Cottage
          Hout Bay Beach Cottage

          Hout Bay Beach Cottage

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

            Located in Hout Bay, this cottage is within 9 mi (15 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Chapmans Peak, and Camps Bay Beach. Groot Constantia Winery and Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens are also within 9 mi (15 km).

            Hout Bay Manor AU$189
            Hout Bay Manor

            Hout Bay Manor

            Baviaanskloof Off Main Road, Cape Town
               
              4.2
              of 5, from 4 reviews
              5.0 out of 5.0

              Located in Hout Bay, this luxury hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hout Bay Craft Market, Hout Bay Beach, and Bay Harbour Market. Constantiaberg and Sandy Bay Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

              Brightwater Lodge
              Brightwater Lodge

              Brightwater Lodge

              9 Brighton Street, Cape Town
                 
                4.4
                of 5, from 5 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Located in Hout Bay, this bed & breakfast is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Hout Bay Craft Market, and Bay Harbour Market. Sandy Bay Beach and World of Birds are also within 6 mi (10 km).

                Villa Afrique - Guest House AU$245
                Villa Afrique - Guest House

                Villa Afrique - Guest House

                29 Sluyskin Road Hout Bay, Cape Town
                   
                  4.8
                  of 5, from 31 reviews
                  5.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in Hout Bay, this luxury guesthouse is within 6 mi (10 km) of Hout Bay Beach, Bay Harbour Market, and Hout Bay Craft Market. Sandy Bay Beach and World of Birds are also within 6 mi (10 km).