Which is the best time to visit Camps Bay, Cape Town? Whether you are planning a holiday to this part of the world, or you are wondering when to head to the famous Camps Bay Beach, knowing the best (and worst) times to visit is always useful.
In this mini guide, we share our expert tips on the best time of year and the best time of day to visit Camps Bay.
When is the Best Time to Visit Camps Bay in Cape Town?
Ready to find out which is the best time to visit Camps Bay? Here are a few things to keep in mind when deciding on the best time to visit Camps Bay in Cape Town.
Best time of year to visit Camps Bay…
While every time of the year brings its own magic to Camps Bay, and the rest of Cape Town, summer is when you will have the chance to enjoy the world-class beach. Camps Bay Beach enjoys Blue Flag status, making it one of the most pristine beaches in the city. Summer in this part of the world brings high temperatures that average between 20 and 30 degrees Celsius. This gives you the chance to enjoy plenty of lazy days in the sunshine, enjoying a dip in the cool Atlantic Ocean, taking in a magical sunset over the horizon, enjoying ice lollies on the beach, cocktails at a nearby beach bar, beach volleyball, picnics, and plenty more besides.
With that said, winter can also be a lovely time of year to visit. Winters in the southern hemisphere (especially in Africa) are unlike winters anywhere else in the world. In between rainy and overcast days, there are often gloriously clear days. Although the weather may not be quite warm enough for swimming and sunbathing, you will still be able to head to the beach for a day in the mild sun. For more tips on seasons and travel times in the Mother City, have a look at our guide to the best time to visit Cape Town.
Best time of day to visit Camps Bay…
Now that you have a better idea of the best season to visit, what about the best time of day? If you’re planning to head to the beach, there are a few things that you should keep in mind.
- Midday is the hottest time of day. During summer, temperatures can easily reach beyond 30 degrees Celsius. Those from hotter climes may be prepared for these high temperatures, but those from cooler northern hemisphere destinations may find it unbearable. Sunscreen is essential, whichever time you visit. If you plan to be out on the beach or in the sun at midday or even late morning or early afternoon, wear sun hats, sunglasses, sunscreen and other protective gear to prevent sunburn.
- Mornings are often a pleasant time for the beach. The wind has not yet picked up, the temperatures are still lower, the sun has not yet risen too high, the crowds have not arrived, and the beach is often quieter. If you go early in the morning, you may be able to see dolphins in the water. Even if you head out early however, don’t forget the sunscreen!
- Late afternoons are also a lovely time to visit this area. Although the wind can often start to blow from around 15h00 or 16h00, the sun has started to shift, making later afternoons a bit cooler. The wind brings a bit of relief from the heat as well. As the sun starts to set, you can enjoy sundowners on the sand. It can be a bit busier during this time, but getting the chance to watch the sun set over the ocean will make it well worthwhile!
Now that have a better idea of what to expect, you can get onto the fun part… planning your visit to Camps Bay. View our Camps Bay destination guide to learn more about this incredible area, and then get in touch with our bookings team to find the perfect place to stay.
What is your favourite time to visit this area? Share your tips on the best time to visit Camps Bay, Cape Town in the comments below.