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Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
Cape Town Central 7872, South Africa
+27 21 790 7278
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 1 February 2008

Myself and a friend recently stayed in Hout Bay for ten days and we think we made a brilliant choice. For starters the natural surroundings are spectacular with the beautiful moutains and sea. The beach was a lovely place to be especially during the evenings...More

9  Thank JW1871
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Hout Bay used to be beautiful, natural, peaceful and a must do and see for any visitor, but those days are gone. What is now a reality is an endless stream of unemployed beggars and 'help me - family of many to feed' board waiting...More

4  Thank Pete K
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Reviewed today

Hout Bay is a small little town with not so much to do but so many enjoyable sights and the best Fish and chips in the world! just be careful! The sea gulls can snap your food in a second.

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Reviewed yesterday

All of cape towns beaches are bays are spectacular but Hout Bay was a highlight. The market as well as getting to pet a seal was really exciting and fun.

Thank samanthak787
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

You can visit using the the red bus hop on hop of. Good option to lunch on the deck of Mariner's Wharf Harbourfront Emporium.

Thank Raphael F
Reviewed 4 days ago

Lovely seaside experience with plenty of sea gulls and even seals swimming in the bay. Pleanty of small fish shops selling fresh catch and restaurants selling freshly caught and prepared snoek. You can take a boat trip that's about 40 minutes in total to seal...More

Thank Rachael R
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We enjoyed a great lunch at Hout Bay and enjoyed the less crowded beaches and shores than in the city. It was a hot day and we were just able to relax at the beach. The town itself is very nicely located and worth a...More

Thank I1635LPpatrickh
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Nice place for a stop off for a coffee with market stalls with locally made products. Friendly stall holders

Thank LindaH7071
Reviewed 6 days ago

This is a really stunning Bay. The scenic road that takes you along the Cape Peninsula, past Hout Bay, gives stunning views across the bay.

Thank skindiverDublin
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Visited here as a fort remain is here. Not much remains. You need some imagination to enjoy the site to see how the fort was there. The fort should have been protesting the bay. The scenery is not bad, but there are many other sites...More

Thank W7927SH_
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sad to see how this little rustic and historic town is going to ruins. The squatters now occupy more land than paying residents and wondering around everywhere. Was very sad to see (and hear others confirm) how this place deteriorated, in just 5 short years.

Thank dewittb2017
Reviewed 1 week ago

Driver took us south on the penisula to Hout Bay. We had views from all sides. One view looks like a rhino. Interesting market and brewery

Thank cjdotheworld
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patrick c
6 November 2016|
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Response from LJSJhb | Reviewed this property |
Apparently so. but doubt you will find a spot ! Extremely overcrowded
razan h
10 February 2016|
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Response from Nicholasdurhone | Reviewed this property |
Hi. Hout's Bay is some kind of village by the sea. You will definitely then need a car to go to the waterfront and back.
Michael e
30 January 2016|
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Response from Z7559PVmohamede |
There is very good and reliable bus service called the Myciti bus service.You can take the bus from Cape Town airport to the Civic Centre in town.From the Civic Centre there are many bus routes that can connect you to Hout... More