Hout Bay
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Enclosed by ocean, mountains and wine farms, the former fishing village offers a country affair with some adventure thrown in.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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Gangers&Ash
London, UK229 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
Extremely picturesque bay with clear, aquamarine water and beautiful views.

We heard the fish and chips was excellent here - I wish we had stopped off at the Mariner’s Wharf, but instead went to Fish on the Rocks a little further down. That was probably the worst food choice we made during our entire stay in Cape Town! The highlight was the 2 sea lions that were sitting on the rocks at the back of the restaurant.

Beautiful bay, awful food!
Written 28 January 2020
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vermeulen_anton
Centurion, South Africa14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Houtbay....a small bay but with lots and lots to do and to see. From a museum to an old fashioned library, to restaurants, pubs, boat trips, flee market at the harbour, to fresh snoek and chips at the harbour, clean seasand for the kids and the oldies to play, good places to stay, all the main shops like Woolies and Pick and Pay to book shops, toy shops, curio shops and very interesting is the shops at harbour with all old "ship stuff".
Get place close to harbour to stay....and walk early in themorning and at dusk on the beach. I always go back when I am in Cape Town....just love the place!
Written 14 February 2020
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Sandie M
Durham, UK1 785 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
Arrived here by mistake it was very busy did manage to get parked and had a walk about. It was packed couldn’t get a seat in the main restaurant area,but walked a bit further around the harbour and came across a little cafe which was ok fish and chips .its a nice little area but Too busy for us
Written 15 March 2020
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Valene
Durban, South Africa1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We did not feel safe and the guys that feed the seal were aggressive with us even though we paid the R10 'donation' fee to take a picture with the seal. We went back and wanted to take another picture and they swore at us because we refused to give them more money.

Not enough policing in this area and there definitely should be as it's a tourist hot spot.
Written 18 February 2023
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Robin360
Los Angeles, CA11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The color of the water is mesmerizing at one particular point. The horseshoe shape of the bay is different than anything I have seen before, and the history of ships getting disoriented in the bay, then needing to circumnavigate it was an interesting tidbit. If you go on a tour, you get the history of the area. Being from Cali, I have grown up seeing magnificent cliffs and highway drives along the beach and this still blew my mind.
Written 15 March 2020
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NauticalVoyager
Durbanville, South Africa1 478 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Family
Was really looking forward to a visit as had heard this was such a quaint village. Disappointed to discover beggars everywhere .. literally at every traffic light and stop street. Pushy vendors approached us the moment we parked our car at the beach front to try sell touristy wears and to be honest it did make us feel uncomfortable as we felt we were being constantly watched. The beach was littered with bottles, plastic and other rubbish and so we decided to cut our day visit short. I am sure this place once had charm especially around the port area but we certainly did not enjoy our experience.
Written 2 December 2021
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Steve T.
Cape Town Central, South Africa18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Take the Myciti bus from Cape Town. Ride along the ocean front past Sea Point, Clifton Beach, Camps bay very beautiful views and arrive at Hout Bay depart at the last stop. Do this on a Saturday or Sunday as their is a market with craft, shops and good places to eat. On your way back stop at Camps Bay and walk along the shops and beach. Enjoy an adult beverage. If you are still hunger, enjoy fresh fish or sushi at Cadfathers. it's off the beaten path behind the PickNPay. If you have a car you can drive but at high season be prepared for lot's of traffic. This is a good time for every age group.
Written 24 March 2020
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Maury C
London, UK80 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
What an interesting little bay! This old traditional fishermen's village is great to visit for a few hours or half a day. The water is amazing, the harbour has many seals around and there are a few restaurants selling delicious fish, as well as many little souvenir stands. Cute little place, glad we went there!
Written 17 January 2020
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I4005URlaura
Botswana12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Lovely little harbour area , very pretty with the sailboats all docked . We had a meal at Muriel's fish and chip shop , good value and super tasty .
Seals play along the waters edge .
Written 13 March 2020
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Eileen
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2022
Lovely little fishing town - well worth making a stop to walk around the shops, the beach and also the harbour area. Lots of good restaurants, we only visited two, but both were really good. We had no problem with safety, parked and walked to a restaurant one time, and had to ask for directions. Never felt unsafe.
Interesting point - because it is on the other side of the mountain from Cape Town, the weather may be completely different! We woke up on a cloudy, overcast day in Llandudno, drove to Hout Bay and it was blue skies and sunny!
Written 28 April 2022
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