Hout Bay Beach
Hout Bay Beach Review
Cradled in a lovely bay of the same name and guarded by a 1,000-foot peak known as the Sentinel, Hout Bay is the center of Cape Town's crayfishing industry, and the town operates several fish-processing plants. It also has knockout views of the mountains, gentle surf, and easy access to the restaurants and bars of Mariner's Wharf. Unfortunately, however, because this is a working harbor, the beach can be polluted, and the water often has an oily film on the surface. You are advised not to swim here.
If you're getting hungry, head to Mariner's Wharf, which is Hout Bay's salty answer to the Waterfront in Cape Town. You can buy fresh fish at a seafood market and take it outside to be grilled. You should also try snoek, a barracuda-like fish that is traditionally eaten smoked. Cruise boats depart from Hout Bay's harbor to view the Cape fur seal colony on Duiker Island.
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