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Hout Bay

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The crescent shaped beach of Hout Bay is framed by the cliffs of Chapman’s Peak and the Sentinel Mountain. Once a fishing village isolated from Cape Town by the mountains, it’s now a thriving suburb with its own waterfront, yacht basin and Sunday craft market. Although Chapman’s Peak Drive is closed to through traffic, it’s still possible to drive up to the lookout point at the top of the road. In June and July the Red Bull Surf Competition is held at the Dungeons, which is below the Sentinel. The surfers only go out when the swell is over 6 metres. Not for the faint hearted, but also probably one of the few surf comps that you can watch from a boat. If your stomach can handle the swell.

A picturesque place

Hout Bay nestles behind Table Mountain in a beautiful valley that runs all the way down from the back of Table Mountain to Hout Bay Beach. Hout Bay Cape (Wood Bay) was named by Jan van Riebeek shortly after his arrival in Cape Town. It is one of Cape Town’s most picturesque areas especially when the fishing boats and their accompanying seagulls return to the harbour after a day's fishing.

Sea food

The harbour is a large exporter of crayfish and fish and home to the first of the Cape's waterfronts.

Transport

A car is a good idea here as Hout Bay is not on the train line, although it is serviced by buses and taxis.