This quaint harbor on the western side of the Cape Peninsula has a seaside charm that attracts both travelers and locals to its sheltered shores. Whether it’s sampling ocean-fresh seafood from one of the restaurants lining its harbor or exploring the shelves of world-class antique shops, Hout Bay has proved itself a worthy destination despite its small size. Visitors love wandering along the bustling docks where commercial fishing boats unload their daily catch, and its close proximity to Seal Island and World of Birds makes it a perfect lunch stop on a tour of the Cape.
Hout Bay is a 20-minute drive from the center of Cape Town, halfway between Cape Town and Cape Point. A number of tours stop at the Bay as they travel along the Cape Peninsula, but there’s also plenty of parking in the harbor, too.