Part of Cape Town’s “Riviera” of the Atlantic Seaboard, Bakoven is a private and exclusive suburb with accommodation ranging from super luxurious to chic beach cottages.

The beach just around a few bends in Camps Bay has far more sand on which to repose, but the peaceful coves at Bakoven are highly valued for their protection from the wind. Less populated and therefore far quieter in comparison, the beach here is without the frantic pace and exudes an air of exclusivity.

  • Grab a spot on the huge rock on Beta beach while it's still warm from the sun for a sundowner experience from this unique vantage point
  • Indulge in 'Tea by the Sea' at the Twelve Apostles Hotel for a scrumptious array of delicacies accompanied by spectacular views
  • Take time to notice the large rock offshore that appears to have an oven door in it, the "bakoven" that gave this area its name

While exclusive, the beach is not privately owned as is often mistakenly believed. It is open to all, but sand space is limited so spread your towel out early in order to claim your spot. Also, remember to bring your own umbrella, sunscreen, and cooler box of snacks as this isn't a full-service beach and the focus is more on quiet tanning than energetic romping.

This small suburb is quiet and peaceful, yet close enough to Camps Bay for an array of trend-setting restaurants, bars, and shops to be easily accessed. The beach is private and many houses lead directly on to the pristine white sand.

The summer months of November to April offer the best beach weather, but if you visit during the winter months, a fireplace, stormy seas, and a glass of Cape red wine create a very special mood.

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