Where to Stay in Cape Town

Cape Town Neighborhoods

  • Red: Bloubergstrand (Kite Beach)
  • Orange: Sea Point & Green Point
  • Blue: Camp’s Bay
  • Purple: Southern Peninsula
  • Black: City Center

Sea Point

My favorite area of Cape Town, hands down. This is a laid-back neighborhood with a huge number of restaurants, pubs and dive bars. It is not overrun with tourists and has more of a local feel than Camp’s Bay or Kite Beach.  While it is located directly on the water and the Sea Point Promenade is a scenic walk, there is no real beach except for the pool area. For a few Rand you buy a day pass that gets you access to multiple pools, including a high-dive pool. You can also access trails up to Lion’s Head from Sea Point.

Green Point

Sea Point’s neighbor is also primarily residential but has a variety of restaurants, bars and supermarkets.  It is a ten-minute walk from Green Point to the V&A Waterfront, a huge mall with restaurants and shops, as well as a large ferris wheel on the pier.

Camp’s Bay

This is a small strip of beautiful sand lined with bars and restaurants. This is more of a place to spend the day at the beach or a great locale if you’re only in town for a couple of nights and just want to relax at the beach, than where’d I’d recommend for an extended period.  The tramway up to the top of Table Mountain is accessible from Camp’s Bay.

There are four beaches located between Camp’s Bay and Sea Point. These are beautiful spots to spend the day. They require a hike down quite a few steps to reach the beach and water from the road so don’t forget anything at the top.

Downtown (CBD) and Van Der Kamp

This area has more of a city-vibe to it. There are plenty of things to do and see. You’ll have the normal hustle and bustle of any city. Watch your wallet and cell phone around here, even while you’re riding in an Uber. Thieves will reach in the window and snatch it from your hand while you’re at a red light. This rea makes it easy to access the Camp Town rail station or head to Bo Ka-Aap or Woodstock to check out a new area and new restaurants.

Bloubergstrand (Kite Beach)

This is a very laid back, area about 20 minutes from the City Bowl or Sea Point. From January to March people come from all over the world to kite surf here and there’s even a Red Bull competition held. The beach is beautiful and clean. The bars and plentiful and chill. I highly recommend at least stopping by for an afternoon to either try kite surfing or at least watch from the sand or a nearby bar. Some of the kite surfers are crazy and skilled, making it a great way to spend the day.

Close to Cape Town

Stellenbosch (40 minutes in the car)

Cape of Good Hope & Southern Cape: Simon’s Town, Kalk Bay, (1 hour on the train or via car)

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