Hout Bay is one of the most beautiful and popular places on the Cape Peninsula and a highlight of any visit to Cape Town. The access road that runs from Camps Bay, offers a beautiful drive all along the sea. The town lies picturesquely in a wind-protected bay, surrounded in the west by the Karbonkel Mountain, the famous Mount Sentinel as the outpost in the sea and in the east, by the Constantia Mountains and Chapmans Peak.
Hout Bay is the centre of the crayfish and snoek fishing industry, and its fishing harbour gives the little coastal town a lively atmosphere. But today, its main economic contributor is tourism. After all, the attractions of this beautiful situated place are numerous. Other than hiking, sailing, surfing, kayaking, fishing, cycling, having a picnic or sun tanning at the beach, there is not much one can't do in Hout Bay. And the scenic Chapmans Peak drive, the harbour, the bird park and Seal Island are all part of it.
Hout Bay is a social village: people meet and chat in cafés and there is a main street lined with interesting shops and an excellent craft market on the village green every Sunday. The busy harbour is the centre for the snoek, tuna and crayfishing fleets.