Camps Bay

Camps Bay, South Africa is a spectacular beachside village offering stunning views, gorgeous people and gay-friendly wining, dining and clubbing just minutes from central Cape Town.

Camps Bay beach is the main attraction, a large expanse of soft white sand fringed with palms, overlooked by the Twelve Apostles mountain range.

Perfect for lazy sunbathing or people watching, the beach is also a favourite for volleyball, touch-rugby or just barefooted walks along the shoreline. Superb mountain walking, surfing, cycling, jogging, paragliding, kayaking or working out in the nearby gym and leisure centre are further alternatives for the energetic.

The sea is calm here due to the bay’s protected position and there is a seawater pool. The water tends to be cool, perfect for refreshing in the summer but a bit too chilly in the winter. A grass verge and the shade of the palms provide perfect barbecue spots or you can eat at one of many trendy pavement cafes, bistros or restaurants.

Many of these restaurants provide views of the spectacular sunsets, and as the sun goes down the emphasis shifts from the beach life to the vibrant nightlife. The rich and famous congregate in Camps Bay, as do the merely beautiful, and the place can feel more like the South of France than the Southern Tip of Africa.

Camps Bay is perfectly located, only minutes from De Waterkant gay village, the Waterfront, and central Cape Town. Nearby Clifton offers a series of equally beautiful small beaches, of which Third Beach is largely gay, while further down the coast Sandy Bay is a lovely, unspoilt gay-friendly nudist beach.