Hout Bay is a bustling and sociable village, with a vibrant community atmosphere and unique energy. One can always find people chatting contentedly over a cup of coffee in one of its many quaint cafés, or cycling along its scenic routes or enjoying an evening sundowner at a beachfront restaurant – the spectacular natural splendour of Hout Bay is unparalleled and its residents enjoy its beauty to the full.
The main street offers a variety of characterful and interesting shops, whilst the numerous shopping centres have major retailers to cater to all needs. Hout Bay also boasts an excellent gourmet food and craft market at the Harbour over weekends, drawing visitors from far and wide, as well as a community craft market on its central green every Sunday that is a beloved destination for families.
Hout Bay’s busy and fully functioning harbour has a wonderful atmosphere and is a hub of activity, as it is has remained the centre of the local fishing industry for hundreds of years. Enthusiastic fishermen eagerly sell their fresh catch of the day on the wharf, while delicious aromas emerge from the authentic fish and chip restaurants that are positioned a mere stone’s throw from the water’s edge.
Hout Bay’s beautiful white-sand beach is long and secluded, away from the thronging crowds of the more populated beach destinations. Hugged by mountains and accentuated by the iconic Sentinel peak, the beach is a calm and scenic location for morning walks and sunset strolls. Safe for swimming and a variety of watersports, such as surfing, sea-kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or dinghy sailing, the water is pretty chilly but enjoyed by the brave!
The access road that runs to Hout Bay from Camps Bay offers a magnificent drive all along the coast, passing below the towering Twelve Apostle mountains and over the iconic Suikerbossie hill. A mere fifteen minutes from the leafy vineyards of Constantia, Hout Bay is also in close proximity to excellent wine farms and a number of world-renowned gourmet restaurants in the nearby wine region.
Hout Bay is made truly spectacular by its combination of a glistening bay and majestic mountains, as it is surrounded in the west by the Karbonkelberg Mountain, the famous Mount Sentinel as the outpost in the sea and in the east, by the Constantia Mountains and Chapman's Peak. This place has a charm that is not easily forgotten – the symphony of nature, convenience and character has made Hout Bay a beloved home to many.