"CAMPS BAY" Camps Bay Beach Tip by mtncorg

Camps Bay Beach, Cape Town: 18 reviews and 38 photos

  Camps Bay from Lions Head
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  • Camps Bay from Lions Head - Cape Town
      Camps Bay from Lions Head
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  • Lions Head from Bakoven Bay - Cape Town
      Lions Head from Bakoven Bay
    by mtncorg

Neglected as an isolated spot along a dangerous stretch of coastline watched by a few soldiers dispatched from Cape Town on the other side of Kloof Nek, Camps Bay was the area selected for a summer home for the governor of the Cape of Good Hope colony in the 1820's, but it really wasn't until 1901 that development began with the laying of streetcar tracks between Sea Point and Camps Bay with subdivision of land into building lots following that development by local developers. The beauty of the area led to a slow but constant development and today, Camps Bay is home to some of the most expensive real estate in all of Africa - much of it being owned by part-time foreigners (Before leaping to make that million dollar impulse purchase, remember that foreigners are not allowed to mortgage over 50% of the purchase price!). Traffic and parking can be very difficult, especially on weekends when the Cape Doctor is not blowing. A large grouping of restaurants can be found along the main beach - one of the best beaches to be found in the immediate vicinity of Cape Town. A large enclosed tidal pool is found on the south end of the beach near Bakoven Bay providing a little more security for the swimmer eschewing the open sea.

Website: http://camps-bay.co.za/

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 12, 2007
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