Framed by the iconic Table Mountain and located in Table Bay, Cape Town is a small but sprawling city, spread over a number of suburbs and smaller towns along the coastline. Whether you want to stay at the beach, in the exciting V&A Waterfront, enjoy a quieter, green area or spend the night in the heart of the busy city, there is plenty of choice.
To help readers decide, below is a breakdown of seven of the best places to stay during your Cape Town holiday, with guest-recommended accommodation for each.
Camps Bay is an affluent and popular seaside resort, located a short drive from the city centre. The hub of the town is bracketed by the rugged and scenic Twelve Apostle Mountains, while the beach is Blue Flag quality, golden sand. It is a place to “be seen” and look beautiful. While the Atlantic is too cold for swimming, there is a natural tidal pool available, to cool off after a day in the sun. The beach is lined by many beautiful homes and penthouses and a selection of great restaurants and bars. Enjoy a sundowner or cocktail while watching the gorgeous sunset.
The following accommodation options in Camps Bay are highly recommended by previous guests.
Situated between Cape Town and Camps Bay, Clifton is a great beach spot. Clifton is a rather affluent suburb of Cape Town with some of the most expensive real estate in the country. Homes nestle on cliffs just above the beach, offering beautiful sweeping ocean views. There are four beaches in total, at Clifton and each is packed with holidaymakers every summer, either sunbathing, playing volleyball or Frisbee.
Experienced surfers can have a go at the relatively small waves. There’s not much in the way of bars or restaurants in Clifton, but with Camps Bay just a short drive, bus ride or bicycle ride away, this is not a problem.
Below are two options for highly recommended accommodation in Clifton.
The Cape Town City Bowl covers several areas - the city centre itself, along with suburbs spreading out from the city towards the slopes of Table Mountain and bordered by Signal Hill and Lion’s Head on one side, and Devil’s Peak on the other. Gardens, Tamboerskloof and Oranjezicht are all green and lovely suburbs within easy reach on foot from the town centre and often with beautiful mountain or sea views. De Waterkant is closer to the water and is an upcoming and edgy area.
The following are some choice options for a stay in Cape Town’s CBD.
The Bo-Kaap was formerly known as the Malay Quarter, which used to house slaves brought over by the Dutch in the 16th and 17th centuries. The area is now well known for its vibrant history and also for its multicultural vibe and fascinating, brightly-coloured homes. Visit the Bo-Kaap museum to learn more about the area’s past. In the area, enjoy the best in Cape Malay cuisine, cooked by the masters in the local restaurants or explore hidden little shops in the side streets for bargains.
You can stay in this colourful and historic location at one of the following options.
Located close to the main Cape Town harbour, the V&A Waterfront has grown in the last few years from a waterfront entertainment area, to include a full-blown residential area. While staying in the Waterfront, you can enjoy a range of great shopping opportunities, restaurants, bars, museums, and more, all backed by the iconic Table Mountain. Visit the Two Oceans Aquarium to get a close-up view of marine life, or head out on an exciting sailing cruise, into Table Bay. All this and more is available to you, while your apartment or luxury hotel is just steps away. The beaches of Sea Point and Clifton are only a short drive, or bus ride, away.
Constantia is an upmarket and very beautiful suburb, located in the Constantia Hills. The area is a part of the Cape Winelands and the Groot Constantia Winery is an interesting visit. There is a small village with supermarkets, banks and other shops available, as well as some fine restaurants. It is a short drive from Constantia to either the Cape Town city centre or Hout Bay. Some of the gorgeous properties in the area have stunning views across to False Bay and the sea.
The following are two guest-recommended properties available as holiday accommodation in Constantia.
With its picture-postcard views of Cape Town and Table Mountain, along with gorgeous, endless sandy beaches, Bloubergstrand is one of the best places to stay in the area. Enjoy surfing, windsurfing and other water sports, or laze on the beach getting the perfect suntan. The area offers a range of shops and some excellent restaurants and is around a 15-minute drive from Cape Town city centre.
The following are two excellent choices when spending a holiday in Bloubergstrand.
Enjoy your visit to Cape Town
With its beautiful scenery and so many attractions, Cape Town offers the best in location, sights and activities. Have fun on your South African holiday!
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