Hout Bay is a beautiful seaside neighbourhood in Cape Town that offers something for everyone. Hout Bay is surrounded by the back part of Table Mountain to the North and the back side of the Twelve Apostles to the North-West, Little Lions Head to the West, Constantia to the East, with the Southern Atlantic Ocean to the South. Hout Bay has become very popular as a seaside resort town with its unique location at the start of the Atlantic Seaboard and yet still only thirty minute’s drive from most of Cape Town’s top attractions.

Hout Bay’s beach is a lovely white sand beach, a popular attraction for tourists and locals alike. The Hout Bay harbour is the 9th most visited tourist attraction in Cape Town and includes a yacht and boat marina, a working fishing fleet (and factories), a craft market, Mariners Wharf and a couple of fish and chip outlets.

There are three main roads leading in and out of Hout Bay, all over mountain passes. The first goes to Llandudno and Camps Bay through the pass known as Suikerbossie (known as one of the most scenic drives in the world). The world famous Chapman’s Peak Drive is carved out of the mountainside and leads towards Noordhoek and onwards to Cape Point. Lastly a road leads to Constantia over the Constantia Nek pass between the back slopes of Table Mountain.

Accommodation in Hout Bay varies from beach houses to mountain retreats. The quaint town of Hout Bay is rich with history and is a must see destination for all travellers wanting to experience Cape Town to the full.

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Frequently Asked Questions about Hout Bay

What are some of the top attractions in Hout Bay?

  • Bay Harbour Market
  • Duiker Island
  • Hout Bay Beach
  • Chapman’s Peak

What are the summers like in Hout Bay?

Hout Bay experiences a pleasant summer between the months of December to March, where the average temperature ranges between 23.2°C (73.76°F) to 24.8°C (76.64°F).

Is Hout Bay a friendly tourist destination?

Hout Bay is an emerging tourist hotspot that offers many outdoor activities, annual events, great restaurants and pubs while also providing amazing hospitality, making it a friendly tourist destination.

How far is the nearest airport from Hout Bay?

The nearest airport is the Cape Town International Airport which is at a distance of 29.49 km (18.33 miles) from Hout Bay.

Are there villas available to rent in Hout Bay?

Yes, villas are available for rent in Hout Bay, where tourists can enjoy a luxurious holiday. The villas here are situated in incredible surrounding natural beauty, ranging from 3-7 bedrooms on average. These offer stunning views of the breathtaking mountains and sea beaches, blessing the eyes of the guests. 

What is Hout Bay known for?

Hout Bay’s long sandy beaches are ideal for water sports like sailing, surfing, fishing and kayaking. In addition, it is surrounded by mountains, thus, is known as a trendy holiday destination and resort town in South Africa. 

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